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S_HHS_2021A 03/24/2021 01:38:05 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 03/24/2021
Attendance
Buckner X
Jaquez Lewis X
Kirkmeyer X
Simpson X
Smallwood *
Ginal *
Fields X
Time 01:38:05 PM to 07:09:47 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Fields
This Report was prepared by Ken Cole
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB21-156 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB21-014 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB21-142 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole
SB21-016 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB21-025 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

SB21-156 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

01:38:52 PM  
Senator Garcia, prime
sponsor, presented Senate Bill 21-156 and described amendments to the bill
- L.001, L.002, L.003, L.004 (Attachments A through D).
The
bill creates a pilot grant program to finance nurse intake of 911 calls
with the goal of diverting non-urgent calls from emergency rooms to more
appropriate lower-cost alternatives.

01:43:15 PM  

Mr. Sean Burton, representing himself, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.

01:57:04 PM  
Committee members continued to ask Mr. Burton questions.
01:58:58 PM  
Ms. Andrea Stojsavljevic, representing Healthier Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:02:40 PM  
Mr. David Patterson, representing Falck Rocky Mountain, testified in a neutral position on the bill and responded to questions.
02:07:49 PM  

Dr. Robert Holman, representing himself, testified in a neutral position on the bill and responded to questions.

02:13:12 PM  
Katherine Shaw, representing Denver Health Workers United, testified in support of the bill.
02:17:25 PM  

Colleen Casper, Colorado Nurses Association testified in support of the bill.

02:20:26 PM  
Timothy Dienst, representing
Emergency Medical Services Association of Colorado, testified in support
of the bill and responded to questions.
02:32:31 PM  
The committee continued to ask Mr. Timothy Dienst questions.


02:40:26 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment A)
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Buckner
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood Excused
Ginal Excused
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:41:00 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment B)
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Buckner
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood Excused
Ginal Excused
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:41:07 PM  
Senator Garcia presented
amendment L.003 (Attachment C).


02:41:30 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment C)
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Buckner
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood Excused
Ginal Excused
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:42:20 PM  
Senator Garcia presented
amendment L.004 (Attachment D)


02:43:20 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment D)
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Buckner
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood Excused
Ginal Excused
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:44:23 PM  
Senator Garcia, prime
bill sponsor, provided closing remarks.  
02:44:40 PM  

Committee members provided comments.



02:45:27 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-156, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Jaquez Lewis
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Excused
Ginal Excused
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-014 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:45:54 PM  
Senator Kirkmeyer,
bill sponsor, summarized Senate Bill 21-014.  
The
bill makes distribution changes to county block grants under the Colorado
Child Care Assistance Program. Public testimony for this bill was heared
during the March 9, 2021 Committee meeting.
02:53:49 PM  
Sarah Lipscomb, Colorado
Department of Human Services (CDHS), testified against the bill and responded
to questions. Senator Kirkmeyer and other committee members discussed the
bill and legislative process with Ms. Lipscomb.    



03:17:08 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-014, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Kirkmeyer
Seconded
Buckner No
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields No
Final YES: 5   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-142 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole


03:21:05 PM  
Senator Donovan and
Senator Pettersen, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 21-142
and responded to questions.  
The
bill eliminates certain restrictions on facilities and providers that can
be reimbursed for abortions under Colorado’s Medicaid and Indigent Care
programs.
03:30:15 PM  
Jack Teter, representing Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.
03:38:48 PM  
Lindsey Breslin, representing Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA), testified in support of the bill
03:39:21 PM  
Marissa Oves, representing
herself, testified in support of the bill.  
03:42:42 PM  

Miss Lorenne Gavish, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

03:46:17 PM  
Samantha Carwyn, representing Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:49:57 PM  
Katherine Riley, representing Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), testified in support of the bill.
03:56:34 PM  
Mrs. Brittany Vessely, representing Colorado Catholic Conference, testified in opposition to the bill.
03:56:36 PM  
Tracy Johnson, representing State of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.


04:00:01 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment E)
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
04:02:03 PM  
Senator Smallwood
presented amendment L.002 (Attachment F).  Discussion ensued.
04:10:15 PM  
The Committee and
sponsor continued to discuss amendment L.002 (Attachment F) and the bill.



04:15:13 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment F).
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner No
Jaquez Lewis No
Kirkmeyer Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Yes
Ginal No
Fields No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
04:15:18 PM  
Senator Smallwood
presented amendment L.003 (Attachment G).



04:17:17 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment G)
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:19:04 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-142, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer No
Simpson No
Smallwood No
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-016 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


04:19:17 PM  
Senator Pettersen,
co prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 21-016.  Senator Moreno, co-prime
sponsor, also discussed the bill.  The co-prime sponsors responded
to questions.  
The
bill expands preventive health care services that are required to be covered
under state regulated health insurance plans and codifies other services
into state statute. In addition, the bill increases Medicaid coverage for
family planning services.

04:31:07 PM  
Brittany Vessely, representing Colorado Catholic Conference, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:33:38 PM  
Mrs. Annalize Zebert,
representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.
04:35:18 PM  
Mrs Erin Meschke,
representing herself, testified to amend the bill.
04:39:07 PM  
Jack Teter, representing Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, testified in support of the bill.

Katherine Riley, representing Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), testified in support of the bill.

04:45:52 PM  
Jack Teter, responded to questions.
04:56:50 PM  
Jack Teter continued to respond to committee questions.
05:02:14 PM  

Mrs Kimberly Koller, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.

05:03:49 PM  
Mrs. Denice Dirks, representing Concerned Colorado Families, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:06:16 PM  
Erica Pike, representing Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, testified in support of the bill.
05:09:05 PM  
Ms. Isabel Cruz, representing Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.
05:13:24 PM  
Sandra Knowles, representing
herself, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:16:34 PM  
Arianna Morales,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  
05:19:09 PM  
Ms. Erin Miller, representing Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill.
05:21:45 PM  
Mrs. Julie Denton, representing Colorado Health Choice Alliance, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:25:03 PM  

Dr Michael Gaeta, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.

05:28:51 PM  
Mrs. Spirit Wilson,
representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:31:04 PM  
Tracy Johnson, Colorado
Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, was available to answer
committee questions.
05:31:54 PM  
Susan Van Meter,
representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:34:34 PM  
Amelia Lobo, representing Violence Free Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
05:35:12 PM  

Michael Lyoutskanov, representing himself, testified in opposition to the bill.

05:37:03 PM  
Ms. Sonia Skakich-Scrima,
representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:39:42 PM  

Carmen Bontrager, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.

05:45:19 PM  
Susan VanMeter, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:48:17 PM  
Ms Theresa Wrangham, representing National Vaccine Information Center, testified in opposition to the bill.
05:49:46 PM  
Karlee Tebbutt, representing
Colorado Association of Health Plans, testified to amend the bill. She
spoke in support of amendment L.001 (Attachment H).
05:56:50 PM  
Anne Morris Cockrell,
representing herself, testified against the bill.  
05:57:38 PM  
Blair Chandler, representing
herself, testified against the bill.  



Additional witness testimony is available at Attachment H.

06:01:44 PM  
Senator Ginal moved
amendment L.001 (Amendment I) and the bill. Senator Pettersen, bill sponsor,
described the amendment and responded to questions.  

06:15:33 PM  
Committee members
discussed amendment L.001 (Attachment I) and the bill.



06:17:32 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment I)
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer No
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
YES: 6   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
06:18:12 PM  
Senator Kirkmeyer
presented amendment L.002 (Amendment J).  Senator Pettersen and Senator
Moreno, bill sponsors, commented on the amendment.  



06:21:34 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Amendment J)
Moved Kirkmeyer
Seconded
Buckner No
Jaquez Lewis No
Kirkmeyer Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Yes
Ginal No
Fields No
YES: 3   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
06:21:35 PM  

Senator Pettersen and Senator Moreno, co-prime sponsors, provided closing remarks.



06:28:55 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-016, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer No
Simpson No
Smallwood No
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-025 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


06:29:01 PM  
Senator Pettersen
and Senator Coram, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 21-025 and
also discussed amendment L.001 (Amendment K).

06:32:52 PM  
Ms. Erin Miller, representing Colorado Children's Campaign, testified in support of the bill.
06:36:09 PM  
Dr. Liz Romer, representing Children's Hospital Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
06:45:16 PM  
Lindsey Lafans, representing
herself, testified in support of the bill.  

06:46:27 PM  
Dr. Anne Frank, representing
American Academy of Pediatrics - Colorado Chapter, Colorado Children's
Campaign, testified in support of the bill.
06:48:43 PM  
Karla GonzalesGarcia, representing Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, testified in support of the bill.
06:51:51 PM  
Christina Yebuah,
representing Colorado Center on Law and Policy, testified in support of
the bill. Alaina Shires, representing herself, testified in support of
the bill.
06:58:42 PM  
Ms. Susanna Snyder, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Finance, responded to questions. The bill sponsors also responded to questions.
07:02:00 PM  
Senator Pettersen
discussed amendment L.001 (Amendment K).



07:03:59 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Amendment K)
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer No
Simpson No
Smallwood No
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
YES: 4   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


07:09:38 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-025, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer No
Simpson Yes
Smallwood No
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


07:09:47 PM   The committee adjourned.