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S_HHS_2016A 01/20/2016 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Date: 01/20/2016
ATTENDANCE
Time: 09:51 AM to 10:46 AM
Aguilar
X
Martinez Humenik
*
Place: LSB B
Newell
X
Crowder
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Lundberg
X
Senator Lundberg
This Report was prepared by
Elizabeth Haskell
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
SB16-022

SB16-006
Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Committee Vote - Final Action Failed





09:51 AM -- SB 16-022



Senator Martinez Humenik, sponsor, presented Senate Bill 16-022. She explained that the bill was recommended by the Early Childhood and School Readiness Legislative Commission, and removes the existing ten-county cap on the number of counties that may participate in the Colorado Child Care Assistance Cliff Effect Pilot Program. The bill also removes the two-year participation requirement for counties if the Department of Human Services determines that participation during a shorter period will contribute relevant data to the evaluation of the pilot program.



09:54 AM --
Rich Jones, Bell Policy Center, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions. He provided a handout to the committee (Attachment A).



160120 AttachA.pdf160120 AttachA.pdf



10:01 AM --
Julie Leonard, League of Women Voters, testified in support of the bill.



10:02 AM --
Brian Conly, Colorado Department of Human Services, responded to questions from the committee.



10:06 AM



Senator Martinez Humenik made closing comments. Committee members commented on the bill.


BILL: SB16-022
TIME: 10:11:26 AM
MOVED: Martinez Humenik
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-022 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 4-1.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Martinez Humenik
Yes
Newell
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Lundberg
No
FINAL YES: 4 NO: 1 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS









10:12 AM -- SB 16-006



Senator Martinez Humenik presented Senate Bill 16-006. She explained that the bill was recommended by the Colorado Health Insurance Exchange Oversight Committee, and requires the Colorado health benefit exchange, which operates under the name Connect for Health Colorado, to establish a system for referring consumers to qualified insurance brokers to enroll consumers in health plans. To participate in the system, a broker must be licensed by the Colorado Division of Insurance and certified by Connect for Health Colorado. Senator Martinez Humenik distributed and discussed Amendment L.001 (Attachment B).



160120 AttachB.pdf160120 AttachB.pdf



10:18 AM --
Bethany Pray, Colorado Center on Law and Policy, testified against the bill and responded to committee questions.



10:25 AM



Committee discussion followed about the provisions of the bill.



10:28 AM --
Tammy Niederman, Colorado State Association of Health Underwriters, spoke in support of the bill.



10:33 AM



Committee members commented on the bill. Senator Martinez Humenik made closing comments.

BILL: SB16-006
TIME: 10:36:16 AM
MOVED: Martinez Humenik
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Martinez Humenik
Newell
Crowder
Lundberg
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection




BILL: SB16-006
TIME: 10:43:32 AM
MOVED: Martinez Humenik
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 16-006, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion failed on a vote of 2-3.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
No
Martinez Humenik
Yes
Newell
No
Crowder
No
Lundberg
Yes
FINAL YES: 2 NO: 3 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: FAIL





10:46 AM



The committee adjourned.




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