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h_tra_2016a_2016-03-02t13:31:10z2 Hearing Summary

Date: 03/02/2016



Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB16-1280



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION & ENERGY


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Refer House Bill 16-1280 to the Committee on Finan PASS







01:56 PM -- HB 16-1280



Representative Winter, prime sponsor, came to the table to present House Bill 16-1280. Under current law, the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) licenses air ambulances to operate in Colorado that are accredited with the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS). This bill gives the CDPHE additional authority to establish state-level licensing of air ambulances that allows for air ambulance operators to receive a license either by gaining accreditation through an approved organization (such as CAMTS, which is no longer directly referenced in statute) or by meeting licensing standards established by the CDPHE and the State Board of Health. The bill requires the CDPHE to establish rules by December 31, 2017, for the licensing program, including:



• approval of an accrediting organization;

• medical, staffing, safety, and quality standards;

• recognition of licenses from other states;

• issuance of initial, renewal, provisional, and other licenses; and

• establishment of license fees.



The bill gives the CDPHE disciplinary authority to suspend or revoke licenses, impose civil penalties, and issue cease-and-desist orders. Any air ambulance operator that violates licensing rules or operates without a valid license may be subject to civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation or for each day of a continuing violation. Penalty revenue is deposited into the General Fund.



Representative Winter responded to a question from the committee.



01:58 PM --
Randy Kuykendall, representing CDPHE, testified in support of the bill. Mr. Kuykendall responded to questions from the committee.

02:08 PM --
Commissioner Lew Gaiter, representing the State Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Advisory Council (SEMTAC) in CDPHE, testified in support of the bill.

02:09 PM --
David Kearns, representing Flight for Life Colorado, testified in support of the bill. Discussed ensued.

02:11 PM --
Ray Jennings, representing the Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado (EMSAC), testified in support of the bill.

02:14 PM --
Rich Martin, representing SEMTAC and EMSAC, testified in support of the bill.



02:15 PM



Representative Winter made closing comments on the bill.


BILL: HB16-1280
TIME: 02:15:56 PM
MOVED: Winter
MOTION: Refer House Bill 16-1280 to the Committee on Finance. The motion passed on a vote of 12-0, with 1 member excused.
SECONDED: Esgar
VOTE
Becker J.
Yes
Buck
Excused
Carver
Yes
Coram
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Kraft-Tharp
Yes
Melton
Yes
Moreno
Yes
Neville P.
Yes
Nordberg
Yes
Winter
Yes
Mitsch Bush
Yes
Tyler
Yes
Final YES: 12 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



02:17 PM



The committee was adjourned.




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