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HB20-1218

Sunset Continue Hearing Aid Providers

Concerning the continuation of the licensing of hearing aid providers, and, in connection therewith, implementing recommendations contained in the 2019 sunset report by the department of regulatory agencies.
Session:
2020 Regular Session
Subject:
Professions & Occupations
Bill Summary

Sunset Process - House Health and Insurance Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' sunset review and report on the licensing of hearing aid providers by combining the audiologist practice act with the hearing aid provider practice act and by:

  • Continuing the licensing of hearing aid providers for 11 years, to 2031 ( sections 4 and 5 1 and 2 of the bill);
  • Requiring final agency actions to be appealed directly to the court of appeals ( section 1 4 );
  • Requiring a hearing aid provider to be licensed before directly or indirectly selling or negotiating to sell any hearing aid for the hearing impaired ( section 2 8 );
  • Prohibiting a person who is not licensed as a hearing aid provider from using any titles that imply the person is qualified as a hearing aid provider ( section 2 7 );
  • Removing language specifying that the hearing aid provider practice act does not prohibit an individual from performing tasks that would be permissible if the licensee was not licensed ( section 2 5 );
  • Requiring hearing aid providers to maintain a surety bond ( section 2 9 );
  • Adding failure to practice according to commonly accepted professional standards to the grounds for discipline ( section 2 10 );
  • Authorizing the director of the division of professions and occupations to accept disciplinary action taken by another state, a local jurisdiction, or the federal government as prima facie evidence of misconduct if the basis for the action would be grounds for discipline in Colorado ( section 2 10 );
  • Repealing references to the national competency examination and the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences ( section 2 8 ); and
  • Restoring the deceptive trade practice provisions related to the sale of hearing aids ( section 3 and 11 ). and
  • Making conforming amendments necessary to combine the audiologist practice act with the hearing aid provider practice act and make the additional recommended changes ( sections 6 through 32 ).

Additionally, the bill:

  • Updates the scope of practice to apply whether the initial testing or the first fitting is performed in person ( section 6 ); and
  • Requires each hearing aid provider to attend at least 8 hours of continuing education each year ( section 9 ).

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

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Passed

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