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h_phc_2017a_2017-04-04t13:31:33z2 Hearing Summary

Date: 04/04/2017

Location: HCR 0107

Final

BILL SUMMARY for SB17-214



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC HEALTH CARE & HUMAN SERVICES


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Refer Senate Bill 17-214 to the Committee of the W PASS







01:38 PM -- SB 17-214



Representative Exum and Representative Pettersen presented House Bill 17-214 to the committee. The bill allows municipalities, special districts, fire authorities, and county improvement districts that employ one or more firefighters to participate in a voluntary firefighter cancer benefits program. Participation constitutes payment of contributions into a multiple employer health trust designed to pay awards to covered individuals diagnosed with cancer or their surviving family members. The trust must establish award levels between $100 and $225,000 based on the category and stage of the cancer. The trust must also make payments to the covered individual for the actual cost, up to $25,000, for rehabilitative or vocational training employment services and educational training and for cosmetic disfigurement costs, if necessary, up to $10,000. Any benefits paid by the trust must be offset by any payments made under the Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado. Firefighters, including those who work on a part-time or volunteer basis, must meet certain criteria to be eligible for benefits under the trust.



01:47 PM --
Mike Rogers, Colorado Professional Fire Fighters, testified in support of the bill.



01:51 PM --
Chief Don Lombardi, Colorado State Fire Chiefs, testified in support of the bill.



01:54 PM --
Ann Terry, Special District Association, testified in support of the bill.



01:55 PM



Mr. Rogers, Chief Lombardi, and Ms. Terry responded to questions from the committee.



02:08 PM



Representative Pettersen and Representative Exum gave concluding remarks.

BILL: SB17-214
TIME: 02:10:46 PM
MOVED: Pettersen
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-214 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 13-0.
SECONDED: Danielson
VOTE
Catlin
Yes
Everett
Yes
Ginal
Yes
Hooton
Yes
Landgraf
Yes
Lewis
Yes
Liston
Yes
Lontine
Yes
Michaelson Jenet
Yes
Pettersen
Yes
Ransom
Yes
Danielson
Yes
Singer
Yes
Final YES: 13 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS














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