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S_HHS_2019A 04/17/2019 11:50:39 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 04/17/2019
Attendance
Crowder X
Smallwood X
Winter *
Pettersen X
Fields X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 11:50:39 AM to 12:11:46 PM
Place LSB B
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Fields
This Report was prepared by Elizabeth Haskell
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB19-1253 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB19-1268 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB19-134 Laid Over

HB19-1253 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


11:50:50 AM  

Senators Hisey and Gonzales, bill sponsors, presented House Bill 19-1253.  The bill prohibits state regulated carriers of life insurance, disability income insurance, and long-term care insurance from taking certain actions based on a person's status as a living organ donor.  For these insurance types, an insurance carrier may not:

  • decline or limit coverage due to a person's status as a living organ donor;
  • consider a person's status as a living organ donor in determining premiums;
  • preclude a person from donating all or part of an organ as a condition of receiving a policy; or
  • otherwise discriminate against a person in a policy based solely on living organ donor status and without any additional actuarial risks.

The Commissioner of Insurance in the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) is authorized by the bill to use their enforcement powers to ensure compliance with these restrictions.  DORA must provide information to the public on access to insurance for living organ donors.  If provided with educational materials related to live organ donation from a recognized live organ donation organization, DORA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) must make the materials available to the public.  Amendments L.002 and L004 were distributed to the committee (Attachments A and B).

11:55:25 AM  
Edie Sonn, representing herself, testified
in support of the bill.
11:57:40 AM  

John Gutowski, UC Health, testified in support of the bill.

11:59:45 AM  
Anastasia Henry, American Transplant Foundation,
testified in support of the bill.
12:00:30 PM  
The witness panel responded to questions.


12:03:35 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment A).
Moved Crowder
Seconded
Crowder
Smallwood
Winter Excused
Pettersen
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


12:03:51 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment B).
Moved Crowder
Seconded
Crowder
Smallwood
Winter Excused
Pettersen
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


12:04:38 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1253, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Crowder
Seconded
Crowder Yes
Smallwood Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Excused
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1268 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


12:05:02 PM  

Senator Hisey, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 19-1268.  The bill requires individuals and entities that receive a referral fee for referring prospective residents to an assisted living residence (referral agencies) to disclose to a prospective resident its business relationship to the residence and that the assisted living residence has paid for the referral.  The referral agency and the prospective resident must sign and date this disclosure and the agency must provide the document to the assisted living residence on or before the date the resident is admitted to the assisted living residence.  Assisted living residences must not pay the referral agency a fee until receipt of this documentation.  Residences are required to maintain a written or electronic copy for at least one year after the date that the new resident is admitted.  A referral agency that violates this section is subject to a civil penalty of up to $500 per violation.  The Attorney General or a district attorney may bring a civil action on behalf of the state to seek the imposition of civil penalty for a violation of this section.

12:08:03 PM  
Lyle Campbell, Colorado Assisted Living
Association, testified in support of the bill.
12:09:34 PM  
Jeanette Hensley, Colorado Senior Lobby,
testified in support of the bill.


12:11:05 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1268 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Crowder
Seconded
Crowder Yes
Smallwood Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Excused
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-134 - Laid Over


12:11:16 PM  
Senator Pettersen announced that Senate
Bill 19-134 will be laid over.


12:11:46 PM   The committee adjourned.






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