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AF00FFEE237DE0A187258995006B3053 Hearing Summary


Date Apr 18, 2023      
Location HCR 0107

SB23-002 - Referred to House Appropriations

01:30:49 PM  
Representative Bradfield and Speaker McCluskie, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 23-002, concerning seeking federal authorization for Medicaid reimbursement for services provided by a community health worker. The bill requires the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) to seek federal approval to pay for services provided by community health workers under Medicaid by July 1, 2024, and to begin implementing this coverage once approval is received. The bill defines “community health worker” as a frontline public health worker who serves as a liaison between health care or social service providers and community members to facilitate access to physical, mental, or dental health-related services, or services to combat social determinants of health. HCPF must report to the General Assembly on implementation of community health worker services under Medicaid by January 31, 2026.
01:40:14 PM  
The bill sponsors responded to questions from the committee.
01:40:28 PM  
Dr. Patricia Valverde,
representing the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, testified
in support of the bill.

Andrea Dwyer,
representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

Commissioner Rich
Cimino, representing Counties and Commissioners Acting Together, testified
in support of the bill.

The panelists
responded to questions from the committee.
01:54:36 PM  
Sandimar Timberman,
representing Children's Hospital Colorado, testified in support of the

Susan Robertson,
representing the Summit Community Care Clinic, testified in support of
the bill.  

Kelly Erb, representing
the Colorado Rural Health Center, testified in support of the bill.  

Cristen Bates,
representing HCPF, was available to answer committee questions.  

The panelists
responded to questions from the committee.

Written testimony
was provided to the committee (Attachment A).
02:12:34 PM  
Speaker McCluskie and Representative Bradfield made concluding remarks on the bill. Committee members commented on the bill.

02:18:18 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-002 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Bradfield
Seconded Young
Amabile Yes
Bradfield Yes
Bradley Yes
Brown Yes
English Yes
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Hamrick Yes
Holtorf Yes
Story Yes
Young Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details