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D5D83FF873BE675C872586D9006D6E31 Hearing Summary


Date May 18, 2021      
Location HCR 0112

SB21-181 - Referred to House Appropriations

01:55:17 PM  

Representative Caraveo, bill sponsor, introduced and gave opening comments on SB21-181. Under current law, the Office of Health Equity (the office) in the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) administers the Health Disparities Grant Program. The grant program is funded from the Health Disparities Grant Program Fund, which receives a portion of annual cigarette and tobacco tax revenue.

This bill renames the program as the Health Disparities and Community Grant Program and expands its functions. The program’s grantmaking scope is broadened to address social determinants of health for underrepresented populations. In addition, the bill specifies that the program fund may receive appropriations from the General Assembly, and requires the office to develop grant application criteria for community organizations seeking grant funding.

Every two years, starting January 1, 2022, the office must issue a report on health disparities and inequalities in Colorado that includes an assessment of social determinants of health and recommends strategies to address inequities.

The office is advised by the 15-member Health Equity Commission, which consists of representatives of state agencies and members of the public with diverse backgrounds and expertise. The bill expands the makeup of the commission to 22 members by adding representatives of 7 state agencies. The commission is required to develop an equity strategic plan in response to the office’s first report. Each state agency is limited to twenty hours of staff time to develop and implement the plan.

01:57:09 PM  
Representative Herod, bill sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
01:59:59 PM  
The bill sponsors answered questions from the committee.
02:03:33 PM  
Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, testified in support of the bill. Director Kim Bimestefer, representing Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, testified in support of the bill. Maggie Gomez, representing herself, testified in support of the bill. Jean Nofles, AARP, testified in support of the bill. Rene Gonzalez, Colorado Access, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Gomez responded to questions from the committee.
02:30:28 PM  

Dr. Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, Colorado Vaccine Equity Task Force, testified in support of the bill.


Submitted written testimony can be found in Attachment A.

02:42:02 PM  
Representative Caraveo gave final remarks on the bill.

02:43:38 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 21-181 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Sirota
Seconded Ricks
Bradfield No
Cutter Yes
Geitner Excused
Gonzales-Gutierrez Yes
Jodeh Yes
Larson No
Ortiz Yes
Pelton No
Ricks Yes
Woog No
Young Yes
Sirota Yes
Michaelson Jenet Yes
Final YES: 8   NO: 4   EXC: 1   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