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h_hie_2017a_2017-03-30t14:34:39z1 Hearing Summary

Date: 03/30/2017

Location: HCR 0107

Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB17-1235



HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH, INSURANCE, & ENVIRONMENT


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment F) to House Bill

Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment G) to House Bill

Refer House Bill 17-1235, as amended, to the Commi
Pass Without Objection

PASS

PASS







03:15 PM -- HB 17-1235



Representatives Mitsch Bush and Hamner presented House Bill 17-1235 to the committee, along with three handouts (Attachment C, D, and E) and amendments L.001 and L.002 (Attachment F and G). This bill establishes a financial assistance program for persons purchasing health insurance though the state's heath insurance exchange (Connect for Health Colorado) who meet the following conditions:



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have income between 400 percent and 500 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL);

have insurance premiums greater than 15 percent of their household income; and

do not have access to health coverage through a government program or affordable, employer-sponsored health insurance.



The amount of assistance provided is equal to the costs of the least expensive bronze plan available to the enrollee minus 15 percent of household income. Assistance is provided quarterly following the end of a calendar quarter in which an eligible enrollee maintained and paid for a health plan through Connect for Health Colorado. The assistance program will run from July 1, 2017, through December 31, 2018. The financial assistance program may be administered by counties. If a county is not willing to administer the program, Connect for Health Colorado will administer the program for that county. The bill creates a special 60-day open enrollment period starting on June 1, 2017.





03:36 PM --
Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne testified in support of the bill.



03:53 PM --
Tamara Drengstveit, representing Family & Intercultural Resource Center, testified in support of the bill.



03:56 PM --
Kate Hudnut, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.



03:58 PM --
Chris Neuswanger, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.



04:01 PM --
Jill Ryan, Eagle County Commissioner, testified in support of the bill.



04:07 PM -- Rachel Richards, Pitkin County Commissioner, representing Colorado Counties & Commissioners Acting Together, testified in support of the bill.



04:11 PM --
Dan Gibbs, Summit County Commissioner, testified in support of the bill.



04:24 PM --
Debra Judy, representing the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, testified in support of the bill.



04:28 PM --
Kate Harris, representing Connect for Health Colorado, testified in a neutral position.





04:30 PM



Representative Hamner explained L.001 (Attachment F).



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BILL: HB17-1235
TIME: 04:31:10 PM
MOVED: Kennedy
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment F) to House Bill 17-1235. The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED: Lontine
VOTE
Beckman
Buckner
Covarrubias
Humphrey
Jackson
Kennedy
Landgraf
Lontine
Ransom
Esgar
Ginal
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection





04:31 PM



Representative Mitsch Bush explained L.002 (Attachment G).



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BILL: HB17-1235
TIME: 04:34:32 PM
MOVED: Kennedy
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment G) to House Bill 17-1235. The motion passed on a vote of 6-5.
SECONDED: Lontine
VOTE
Beckman
No
Buckner
Yes
Covarrubias
No
Humphrey
No
Jackson
Yes
Kennedy
Yes
Landgraf
No
Lontine
Yes
Ransom
No
Esgar
Yes
Ginal
Yes
YES: 6 NO: 5 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS





04:38 PM



Representatives Mitsch Bush and Hamner wrapped up their presentation to the committee.

BILL: HB17-1235
TIME: 04:38:42 PM
MOVED: Esgar
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1235, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a vote of 6-5.
SECONDED: Buckner
VOTE
Beckman
No
Buckner
Yes
Covarrubias
No
Humphrey
No
Jackson
Yes
Kennedy
Yes
Landgraf
No
Lontine
Yes
Ransom
No
Esgar
Yes
Ginal
Yes
Final YES: 6 NO: 5 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS














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