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S_HHS_2017A 05/03/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Date: 05/03/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 10:35 AM to 12:14 PM
Aguilar
X
Crowder
X
Place: SCR 354
Kefalas
X
Martinez Humenik
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Smallwood
*
Senator Martinez Humenik
This Report was prepared by
Elizabeth Haskell
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
HB17-1306

SB17-300
Amended, Referred to Senate Appropriations

Amended, Referred to the Committee of the Whole



11:09 AM - HB 17-1306



Senator Coram, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 17-1306 and distributed a handout to the committee (Attachment A). This bill authorizes the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to establish a grant program to test for lead in drinking water in public schools that receive drinking water from public water systems. CDPHE may specify testing protocols and guidelines and provide technical assistance. A grant recipient is required to contribute at least 10 percent of the grant amount toward the cost of testing the recipient's water supply. CDPHE is required to give priority to the oldest elementary schools. CDPHE may develop and apply secondary criteria established through rules promulgated by the Water Quality Control Commission. CDPHE is required to provide an annual report to the public health committees of the General Assembly and apply its best efforts to complete all testing and analysis by June 30, 2020.



170503 AttachA.pdf170503 AttachA.pdf



A public school that receives a grant is required to either enter into a contract that requires compliance with CDPHE's testing protocols when having the testing conducted or to follow CDPHE's testing protocols and provide the test samples to CDPHE's laboratory or a laboratory certified by CDPHE. The public school is required to provide the test results to its local public health agency, its water supplier, its school board, and CDPHE.



The grant program is conditioned upon funding being available in the Water Quality Improvement Fund. The bill includes an appropriation of $300,000 for grants and $140,000 for implementing the grant program for FY 2017-18 and authorizes the same funding amounts through FY 2019-20.













10:38 AM -- Dr. Dan Nicklas, Children's Hospital Colorado, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.



10:42 AM --
Stephanie Kuhn, CDPHE, responded to questions from the committee.



10:46 AM -- Nicole Head, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



10:49 AM --
Amy Winterfeld, Colorado Public Health Association and Local Public Health Officials, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Winterfeld responded to questions.



10:55 AM --
Dianna Orf, Colorado Water Congress, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



11:00 AM --
Ron Falco, CDPHE, responded to questions from the committee.



11:07 AM --
Nicole Graziano, CDPHE, responded to questions from the committee.



11:09 AM



Mr. Falco and Ms. Graziano dialogued with the committee.



11:12 AM --
Matt Cook, Colorado Association of School Boards, testified in support of the bill.



11:15 AM



Senator Coram made closing comments.



11:17 AM



Senator Crowder distributed amendment L.001 (Attachment B).




170503 AttachB.pdf170503 AttachB.pdf

BILL: HB17-1306
TIME: 11:18:23 AM
MOVED: Crowder
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
Excused
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection




BILL: HB17-1306
TIME: 11:19:13 AM
MOVED: Crowder
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1306, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 4-0, with one excused.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Martinez Humenik
Yes
Smallwood
Excused
Final YES: 4 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



11:20 AM -- SB 17-300




Senator Lambert, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-300. Senate Bill 17-300 requires the Commissioner of Insurance in the Department of Regulatory Agencies to develop, by rule, a program to provide health care coverage to high-risk individuals and reduce health insurance premiums in the individual market. Specifically, the commissioner:

      • may examine options for the program including creating a high-risk pool or a reinsurance program;
      • is required to comply with federal laws and regulations in order to qualify for federal financial support;
      • is required to develop a waiver proposal and may apply to the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services for a waiver from the provisions of the Affordable Care Act;
      • is required to develop, by rule, a list of presumptive medical conditions that have a high risk of above-average health care costs to determine program eligibility;
      • may implement a state plan meeting the waiver requirements consistent with state and federal law; and
      • may seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations from private or public sources to implement the bill.

Senator Lambert distributed amendments L.001 and L.002 and a handout (Attachments C, D, and E).



170503 AttachC.pdf170503 AttachC.pdf170503 AttachD.pdf170503 AttachD.pdf170503 AttachE.pdf170503 AttachE.pdf



11:30 AM --
Virginia Morrison Love, America's Health Insurance Plans, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



11:40 AM --
Sara Orrange, Colorado Association of Health Plans, testified in support of the bill.



11:42 AM --
Bethany Pray, Colorado Center on Law and Policy, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Pray responded to questions.





11:48 AM -- Peg Brown, Colorado Division of Insurance, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.



11:58 AM



Senator Lambert made closing comments. Ms. Brown came back to the table to respond to questions. Committee discussion followed.

BILL: SB17-300
TIME: 12:10:30 PM
MOVED: Aguilar
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C). 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: SB17-300
TIME: 12:10:49 PM
MOVED: Aguilar
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.002 (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:


BILL: SB17-300
TIME: 12:10:55 PM
MOVED: Aguilar
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-300, as amended, 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



12:14 PM



Senator Martinez Humenik adjourned the meeting.




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