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H_HIE_2017A 02/07/2017 Committee Summary

Final

STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, INSURANCE, & ENVIRONMENT

Date: 02/07/2017
ATTENDANCE
Time: 09:41 AM to 10:36 AM
Beckman
*
Buckner
E
Place: HCR 0107
Covarrubias
*
Humphrey
X
This Meeting was called to order by
Jackson
X
Representative Ginal
Kennedy
X
Landgraf
E
This Report was prepared by
Lontine
X
Vanessa Conway
Ransom
X
Esgar
X
Ginal
X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Bills Addressed: Action Taken:
HB17-1094 Amended, Referred to the Committee of the Whole





09:42 AM -- HB 17-1094



Representatives Buck and Valdez presented House Bill 17-1094 to the committee. The bill makes several modifications to the existing requirement that health benefit plans cover teleheath services.



Specifically, the bill clarifies that:



• a health plan cannot restrict or deny coverage for a covered benefit provided using telehealth services based on the communication technology or application used to deliver services;

      • the availability of telehealth does not modify insurance carriers' existing obligation under state law to maintain a sufficient network of qualified local health care providers if such providers are willing to negotiate with the carrier for reasonable contract terms;

• covered individuals may receive telehealth services from a private residence, but health insurers are not required to cover the transmission costs incurred from using telehealth services from a home; and

• audio-visual communication and HIPAA-compliant applications via cellular telephones may be used for telehealth, but that voice-only telephone and text messaging may not be used.



09:47 AM -- Samantha Lippolis, representing Centura Health, testified in support of the bill.



09:50 AM --
Debbie Voyles, representing University of Colorado Health, testified in support of the bill.

10:01 AM -- Dr. Chet Cedars, representing the Colorado Medical Society, testified in support of the bill.











10:05 AM --
Dr. Tina Finlayson, representing CU Medicine, testified in support of the bill.



10:12 AM --
Diane Robinson, representing the Senior Lobby, testified in support of the bill.



10:15 AM --
John Conklin, representing the Colorado Medical society, answered questions about the bill.



10:25 AM -- Sara Orrange, representing Colorado Association of Health Plans, testified in a neutral capacity.

BILL: HB17-1094
TIME: 10:26:57 AM
MOVED: Ginal
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment A) to House Bill 17-1094. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Esgar
VOTE
Beckman
Buckner
Excused
Covarrubias
Humphrey
Jackson
Kennedy
Landgraf
Excused
Lontine
Ransom
Esgar
Ginal
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 2 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection



170207 AttachA.pdf170207 AttachA.pdf




BILL: HB17-1094
TIME: 10:30:14 AM
MOVED: Ginal
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment B) to House Bill 17-1094. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Esgar
VOTE
Beckman
Buckner
Excused
Covarrubias
Humphrey
Jackson
Kennedy
Landgraf
Excused
Lontine
Ransom
Esgar
Ginal
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 2 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION:



170207 AttachB.pdf170207 AttachB.pdf

BILL: HB17-1094
TIME: 10:31:09 AM
MOVED: Esgar
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1094, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 9-0.
SECONDED: Lontine
VOTE
Beckman
Yes
Buckner
Excused
Covarrubias
Yes
Humphrey
Yes
Jackson
Yes
Kennedy
Yes
Landgraf
Excused
Lontine
Yes
Ransom
Yes
Esgar
Yes
Ginal
Yes
Final YES: 9 NO: 0 EXC: 2 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS