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S_HHS_2017A 03/01/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Date: 03/01/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 11:04 AM to 11:31 AM
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:
HB17-1135

HB17-1143
Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Referred to the Committee of the Whole





11:04 AM -- HB 17-1135



Senator Priola, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1135. This bill allows a child care worker in licensed child care facilities to undergo a single records check of the state child abuse and neglect database if he or she works at multiple facilities or is transferred between facilities that are wholly owned, operated, and controlled by a common ownership group or school district. Under current law, child care workers must undergo this child abuse and neglect records check for each licensed facility in which they work.







11:06 AM --
Carin Rosa, Colorado Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Rosa responded to questions from the committee.

BILL: HB17-1135
TIME: 11:13:52 AM
MOVED: Kefalas
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1135 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



HB 17-1143



Senator Crowder, prime sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1143. The bill, recommended by the 2016 Interim Study Committee on Communication between the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) and Medicaid Clients, requires the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) to conduct performance audits of client communications concerning eligibility for Medicaid programs. These audits will be conducted in 2020 and 2023, with any future audits occurring at the discretion of the state auditor. These audits will encompass communications generated both inside and outside of the Colorado Benefits Management System.



The performance audits will determine whether client communications comply with state and federal requirements, and review the understandability, readability, and accuracy of client communications. As a part of these audits, OSA will review available county data related to communications received by Medicaid clients. The OSA will report audit findings and recommendations to various committees.



11:16 AM --
Jack Regenbogen, Colorado Center on Law and Policy, testified in support of the bill and provided a handout to the committee (Attachment A).



170301 AttachA.pdf170301 AttachA.pdf











11:23 AM -- Zach Lynkiewicz, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, responded to questions from the committee.

BILL: HB17-1143
TIME: 11:30:17 AM
MOVED: Crowder
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1143 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
YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



11:31 AM



The meeting adjourned.




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