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S_HHS_2021A 03/31/2021 01:29:41 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 03/31/2021
Attendance
Buckner X
Jaquez Lewis X
Kirkmeyer *
Simpson X
Smallwood X
Ginal X
Fields X
Time 01:29:41 PM to 06:07:07 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Fields
This Report was prepared by Ken Cole
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 21-Healthcare Affordability And Sustainability Enterprise- Colorado Favorably Refer to Full Senate
SB21-137 Lay Over
SB21-181 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
HB21-1130 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
HB21-1123 Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar

Conf 21-Healthcare Affordability And Sustainability Enterprise- Colorado - Favorably Refer to Full Senate


01:31:22 PM  
Nancy Dolson, Health
Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), introduced the two appointees to the
Colorado Healthcare Affordability and Sustainability Enterprose (CHASE).
01:33:35 PM  
Mr. Jeremy Springston, appointee, discussed his experience as it relates to the CHASE board and why he would like to serve on the CHASE board.
01:35:55 PM  
Mr. Robert Vasil discussed his experience to serve on the CHASE board and why he would like to serve on the board.


01:39:30 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Jeremy Springston and Robert Vasil to the Healthcare Affordability And Sustainability Enterprise to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Excused
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB21-137 - Lay Over


01:39:46 PM  
Senators Pettersen
and Winter, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 21-137.  The
bill  extends, modifies, and funds behavioral health programs throughout
state government. It increases state expenditures on an ongoing basis.
01:48:22 PM  
Frank Cornelia , representing Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, testified in support of the bill.
01:53:15 PM  
Daniel  Darting,
representing Colorado Providers Association (COPA) and Signal Behavioral
Health Network, testified in support of the bill.

01:56:33 PM  
Mr. Butch Lewis, representing COPA & Spero Recovery , testified in support of the bill.
02:02:02 PM  
Mr. Michael Miller,
representing Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials (CALPHO)
and Jefferson County Public Health, testified in support of the bill.

02:05:23 PM  
County Commissioner
Byron Pelton, representing himself, testified to amend the bil and responded
to questions.
02:07:57 PM  
Commissioner Emma Pinter, representing Counties & Commissioners Acting Together (CCAT), testified in support of the bill.
02:10:50 PM  
Commissioner Wendy
Buxton-Andrade, Prowers County Commissioner, testified to amend the bill
and responded to questions.
02:14:08 PM  
Commissioner Tamara
Pogue, representing CCAT/ Summit County, testified to support the bill
if amended.
02:16:37 PM  
Ms. Rebecca Edlund, representing Colorado Farm Bureau, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.
02:24:04 PM  
Commissioner Pogue responded to questions. Senator Pettersen also responded to questions.
02:27:56 PM  
Commissioner Beth Melton, representing CCAT, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions. Senator Pettersen also responded to questions.
02:32:27 PM  
Ms. Valerie Schlecht, representing Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
02:35:25 PM  
Dan Eamon, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
02:37:39 PM  
Alli Daley, representing Children's Hospital Colorado, testified in support of the bill .
02:40:31 PM  
Ms. Schlecht responded
to questions.



Senator Pettersen also responded to questions.  



Dan Eamon responded to questions.  
02:47:50 PM  
Ali Daley responded to questions. Senator Pettersen also responded to questions.
02:52:39 PM  
Dr. Rosario Medina, representing University of Colorado , testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.
02:57:37 PM  
Elizabeth Owens, representing Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health, was available to answer committee questions.
02:58:34 PM  
Robert Fetsch , representing Colorado State University and Colorado AgrAbility Project, testified in support of the bill.
03:01:35 PM  
Dr. Lise Youngblade, representing Colorado State University, testified in support of the bill.
03:04:03 PM  
Dr. Blake Naughton, representing Colorado State University, testified in support of the bill. and responded to questions. Dr. Lise Youngblade also responded to questions.
03:13:21 PM  
Mr. Matthew Hoag, representing Denver Health and Hospital Authority, testified in support of an amendment to Section 8 of the bill.
03:18:13 PM  
Mrs. Lauren Snyder, representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.
03:22:28 PM  
Dr. Rob Valuck , representing University of Colorado , testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.
03:32:48 PM  
Dr. Courtney Everson, representing Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab at University of Denver, testified in a neutral position on the bill.
03:33:57 PM  
Jillian Fabricius, representing Illuminate Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:37:05 PM  
Mr. Michael Mielke, representing The Phoenix , testified in support of the bill.
03:40:44 PM  
Ms Tonya Wheeler, representing Advocates for Recovery Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
03:42:38 PM  
Kathy Spinzig, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
03:45:42 PM  
Debbie Stafford , representing the Aurora Mental Health Center, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.
03:52:36 PM  
Bethany Pace-Danley,
representing Peer Assistance Services, Inc., testified in support of the
bill.


Additional written testimony may be found at Attachment A.

03:56:13 PM  
Senator Pettersen stated that a summary of amendments will be provided to committee members. Senator Pettersen also responded to questions..
03:57:44 PM  
Senator Fields laid
the bill over until Monday, April 5 for action only in response to Senator
Pettersen's request.



SB21-181 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

03:59:56 PM  
Senators Fields and
Coram, co-prime sponsors, presented Senate Bill 21-181.



The bill renames the Health Disparities Grant Program, expands its functions,
and
requires
the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to prepare
a biennial report on health disparities, among other things.

04:09:02 PM  
 Ms. Jill Hunsaker
Ryan, representing CDPHE, testified in support of the bill
04:14:26 PM  
Ms. Kim  Bimestefer,
representing the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing , testified
in support of the bill and responded to questions.  Senator Jaquez
Lewis commented about the bill.  
04:27:15 PM  
Ms. Bimestefer and Ms. Ryan continued to discuss the bill with the committee. Senator Smallwood asked several questions.
04:50:21 PM  
Discussion continued.
04:53:57 PM  
Ms Jeanette Hensley, representing Colorado Senior Lobby, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.
04:58:56 PM  
Jean Nofles, representing AARP, testified in support of the bill.
05:01:39 PM  
Rayna Hetlage, representing
Center for Health Progress, testified in support of the bill.
05:04:30 PM  
Dr. Kweku  Hazel,
representing Immunize Colorado , testified in support of the bill.
05:10:41 PM  
Steven Haden , representing
Envision:You, testified in support of the bill.



Additional written testimony may be found at Attachment B.

05:14:00 PM  
Senator Fields moved
the bill and moved amendments L.001, L.002 and L.003 (Attachments C, D
and E)..  
05:16:32 PM  
Senator Fields described
amendment L. 001 (Attachment C).


05:17:30 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C).
Moved Fields
Seconded
Buckner
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:17:59 PM  
Senator Fields presented
amendment L.002 (Attachment D). Discussion ensued.  Kristen Forrestal,
Office of Legislative Legal Services (OLLS), also commented on amendment
L.002 (Attachment D).


05:20:37 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment D)
Moved Fields
Seconded
Buckner
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:20:38 PM  
Senator Fields presented
amendment L.003 (Attachment E).  Kristen Forrestal, OLLS, explained
the amendment.


05:23:22 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment E).
Moved Fields
Seconded
Buckner
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:23:23 PM  
Senator Smallwood
presented amendment L.004 (Attachment F).  


05:25:34 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment F).
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
05:25:35 PM  
Senator Coram and Fields provided closing remarks.


05:28:14 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-181, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Fields
Seconded
Buckner Excused
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood No
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 1   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1130 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


05:28:37 PM  
Senator Kolker presented
House Bill 21-1130.
The
bill expands the eligible population for the community transition specialist
program.
05:36:03 PM  
Ms. Valerie Schlecht, representing Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
05:38:01 PM  
Ms Jeanette Hensley, representing Colorado Senior Lobby, testified in support of the bill.
05:40:06 PM  
Moe Keller, representing Mental Health Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
05:44:17 PM  
Alli Daley, representing Children's Hospital Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
05:46:18 PM  
Robert Werthwein,
representing Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral
Health, testified in support of the bill.



Additional written testimony may be found at Attachment G.



05:50:37 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1130 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Excused
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Excused
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 2   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB21-1123 - Amended, referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


05:52:53 PM  
Senator Smallwood
presented House Bill 21-1123.
The
bill requires information sharing between the Colorado Department of Human
Services and local social services departments regarding regulated professionals
with substantiated cases of mistreatment of an at-risk adult. It requires
that prospective conservators or guardians to an at-risk adult have a Colorado
Adult Protective Services (CAPS) check.

05:54:27 PM  
Ms Jeanette Hensley, representing Colorado Senior Lobby, testified in support of the bill.
05:58:02 PM  
Mr. Kevin Neimond, representing Colorado Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill.
06:01:03 PM  
Senator Smalllwood
described amendment L.002 (Attachment H).


06:04:31 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment H)
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner Excused
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


06:05:19 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 21-1123, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner Excused
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


06:07:07 PM   The committee adjourned.