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S_HHS_2017A 02/23/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Date: 02/23/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 01:31 PM to 04:02 PM
Aguilar
X
Crowder
X
Place: SCR 354
Kefalas
X
Martinez Humenik
*
This Meeting was called to order by
Smallwood
X
Senator Smallwood
This Report was prepared by
Elizabeth Haskell
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
SB17-193

HB17-1011

HB17-1094
Amended, Referred to Senate Appropriations

Amended, Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to the Committee of the Whole





01:31 PM -- SB 17-193



Senators Jahn and Lundberg, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 17-193. This bill creates a research center (the center) for substance abuse and addiction prevention strategies and treatment at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. The center's mission is to:

      • establish or expand programs for research concerning abuse and addiction to opioids, other controlled substances, and alcohol;
      • establish or expand treatments for opioids, other controlled substances, and alcohol;
      • expand existing partnerships with national organizations with similar missions; and
      • seek federal and private resources to further the center's activities.



Amendments L.001 and L.002 were distributed to the committee (Attachments A and B).



170223 AttachA.pdf170223 AttachA.pdf170223 AttachB.pdf170223 AttachB.pdf



01:36 PM --
President Bruce Benson, University of Colorado, testified in support of the bill. President Benson responded to questions from the committee.



01:50 PM -- Jose Esquibel, Office of the Attorney General, testified in support of the bill.







01:54 PM --
Dr. Rob Valuck, Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, testified in support of the bill and distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment C). Dr. Valuck responded to questions from the committee.



170223 AttachC.pdf170223 AttachC.pdf



02:05 PM --
Dr. Jack Westfall, University of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.



02:08 PM -- Dr. Joe Frank, University of Colorado Denver, testified in support of the bill.



02:14 PM --
Linda Rinehart, League of Woman Voters, testified in support of the bill.



02:18 PM --
Dr. Lynn Parry, Colorado Medical Society, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.



02:35 PM --
Sophia San Miguel, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



02:39 PM --
Lisa Robinson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

BILL: SB17-193
TIME: 02:44:50 PM
MOVED: Kefalas
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection







02:45 PM



Committee members commented on the bill.

BILL: SB17-193
TIME: 02:48:03 PM
MOVED: Kefalas
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection
BILL: SB17-193
TIME: 02:48:16 PM
MOVED: Kefalas
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-193, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Martinez Humenik
Yes
Smallwood
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







02:54 PM -- HB 17-1011



Senator Tate, prime sponsor, presented the House Bill 17-1011. The reengrossed bill requires mental health professionals to notify former clients that records may not be maintained after seven years. This notice is to be sent to the last known address of the client within 30 days after the end of the client's treatment. Any complaint filed with the Division of Professions and Occupations in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) against a mental health professional alleging a maintenance of records violation must be made within seven years after the former client discovered or reasonably should have discovered the violation. The applicable board in the Division of Professions and Occupations must either take disciplinary action on the complaint or dismiss the complaint within two years.



02:56 PM --
Dr. Reo Leslie, Colorado Mental Health Professional Association, testified in support of the bill.



02:59 PM --
Mary Ann Ursich, Colorado Mental Health Professional Association, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.



03:03 PM -- James Pinkney, representing himself, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



03:06 PM --
James Hoysick, Colorado Mental Health Professional Association, testified in support of the bill.



03:08 PM



Amendment L.004 was distributed to the committee (Attachment D).

170223 AttachD.pdf170223 AttachD.pdf
BILL: HB17-1011
TIME: 03:09:43 PM
MOVED: Kefalas
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment D). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: HB17-1011
TIME: 03:12:56 PM
MOVED: Kefalas
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1011, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Martinez Humenik
Yes
Smallwood
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



03:14 PM



The meeting recessed.



03:19 PM




The meeting reconvened.



03:20 PM -- HB 17-1094



Senators Donovan and Crowder, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 17-1094. The reengrossed bill makes several modifications to the existing requirement that health benefit plans cover telehealth services. Specifically, the bill clarifies that:

          • a health plan cannot restrict or deny coverage for a covered benefit provided using telehealth services based on the communication technology or application used to deliver services;
          • the availability of telehealth does not modify insurance carriers' existing obligation under state law to maintain a sufficient network of local health care providers;
          • covered individuals may receive telehealth services from a private residence, but health insurers are not required to cover the transmission costs incurred from using telehealth services from a home or other originating site fees;
          • the applicable copayment, coinsurance, or deductible for telehealth services should be applied by the carrier and may not exceed the applicable cost sharing amounts for in-person services; and
          • HIPAA-compliant interactive audio-visual communication and HIPAA-compliant applications via cellular telephones may be used for telehealth, but that voice-only telephone and text messaging may not be used.







03:25 PM -- Sara Orrange, Colorado Association of Health Plans, testified in a neutral position on the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



03:37 PM --
Samantha Lippolis, Centura Health, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.



03:47 PM --
Debbie Voyles, University of Colorado Health (UC Health), testified in support of the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



03:53 PM -- Tina Finlayson, University of Colorado Medicine, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.



03:57 PM --
Diane Robinson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.





04:00 PM



Senators Crowder and Donovan made closing comments.

BILL: HB17-1094
TIME: 04:01:20 PM
MOVED: Crowder
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1094 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Martinez Humenik
Yes
Smallwood
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



04:02 PM



The meeting adjourned.




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