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H_HI_2021A 04/06/2021 10:19:12 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & INSURANCE
Date 04/06/2021
Attendance
Baisley *
Hanks X
Jackson E
Kennedy X
McCormick X
Mullica X
Ortiz X
Soper X
Titone *
Van Beber X
Williams D. X
Caraveo X
Lontine X
Time 10:19:12 AM to 11:43:08 AM
Place HCR 0112
This Meeting was called to order by Lontine
This Report was prepared by Julia Group
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB21-1206 Amended, referred to House Appropriations
HB21-1227 Referred to the Committee of the Whole

HB21-1206 - Amended, referred to House Appropriations


10:20:10 AM  
Representative A.
Valdez, bill co-sponsor, introduced HB21-1206.  The bill moves the
responsibility for oversight of Medicaid nonmedical and nonemergency medical
transportation services from the Public Utilities Commission in the Department
of Regulatory Agencies to the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
(HCPF).  The bill requires HCPF to collaborate with stakeholders to
establish rules for safety, access to services, and driver and vehicle
requirements.  
10:22:09 AM  
Representative Larson, bill co-sponsor, continued with opening remarks on HB21-1206.
10:24:53 AM  
Mr. Kelly Milan, representing Colorado Mountain Transporation Association, testified to amend the bill.
10:28:31 AM  
Mr. Mark Valentine,
representing Representing the Colorado Mountain Transportation Alliance
- NEMT/NMT transportation, testified to amend the bill.  He distributed
a handout to the committee (Attachment A).  Mr. Valentine responded
to questions from the committee.
10:36:50 AM  
Mr. Colin Laughlin, representing the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, testified in support of the bill. Mrs. Ellen Jensby, representing Alliance, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Jennifer Levin, representing The Arc of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Mrs. Bryn Baldassari, representing Stepping Stone Support Center, testified in support of the bill.
10:51:06 AM  
Mrs. Dana Lange, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Katie Svihlik-Burpo, representing GoldStar Learning Options, testified in support of the bill. The testimony of Mrs. Kathy Fieber, representing herself, was read.
11:00:59 AM  
Representative Larson
introduced and explained amendment L.001 (Attachment B).


11:04:25 AM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B)
Moved Caraveo
Seconded Kennedy
Baisley
Williams D.
Hanks
Jackson Excused
Kennedy
McCormick
Mullica
Ortiz
Soper
Titone
Van Beber
Caraveo
Lontine
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
11:04:38 AM  
The bill sponsors provided closing comments on the bill.
11:06:10 AM  
Committee members provided closing comments on the bill.


11:08:51 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1206, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Caraveo
Seconded Mullica
Baisley Yes
Williams D. No
Hanks Yes
Jackson Excused
Kennedy Yes
McCormick Yes
Mullica Yes
Ortiz Yes
Soper Yes
Titone Yes
Van Beber Yes
Caraveo Yes
Lontine Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1227 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


11:09:08 AM  
Representative Lontine,
bill co-sponsor, introduced HB21-1227.  The bill requires the Department
of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), to develop a new certification
process for nursing facilities seeking Medicaid certification on or after
June 30, 2021.  HCPF must develop, analyze, and enforce a demonstration
of need to determine the viability of and required need for each new nursing
facility seeking certification.  When developing the new certification
process, HCPF is required to consider at a minimum:

·        data from the State Demography Office showing
the present or impending need within the requesting nursing facility's
geographic area;

·        quality and performance data of the requesting
nursing facility or associated nursing facilities;

·        business continuity and solvency information
of the requesting nursing facility or associated nursing facilities;

·        input from the Department of Public Health
and Environment; the Department of Local Affairs; the Department of Regulatory
Agencies; the Department of Labor and Employment; and any local governments,
including cities and counties; and

·        measurable innovative practices of the requesting
nursing facility.



The State Medical Board in HCPF must promulgate rules to establish criteria
for determining a nursing facility’s Medicaid certification by June 30,
2022.  Finally, HCPF may exempt facilities with five or fewer Medicaid
beds from the Medicaid reimbursement methodology and must reimburse those
facilities at the statewide average rate.
11:13:29 AM  
Representative Soper, bill co-sponsor, continued with opening remarks on the bill.
11:17:11 AM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
11:23:34 AM  
Julie Reiskin, representing Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill. The witness responded to questions from the committee.
11:26:47 AM  
Deputy Office Director Colin Laughlin, representing the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, testified in support of the bill. The witness responded to questions from the committee.
11:33:10 AM  
Mr. Laughlin continued to respond to questions from the committee.
11:38:27 AM  
The sponsors made closing comments on the bill.


11:42:56 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1227 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Lontine
Seconded Soper
Baisley No
Williams D. No
Hanks No
Jackson Excused
Kennedy Yes
McCormick Yes
Mullica Yes
Ortiz Yes
Soper Yes
Titone Yes
Van Beber Yes
Lontine Yes
Caraveo Yes
Final YES: 9   NO: 3   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


11:43:08 AM   The committee adjourned.






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