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6B61CACB1748D05687258821006C0E48 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB22-172

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date Apr 11, 2022      
Location SCR 357



SB22-172 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


01:40:17 PM  
Senator Rankin and Senator Winter, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 22-172, which establishes the Colorado Rural Health-Care Workforce Initiative to expand the number of health-care professionals practicing in rural or frontier counties. The bill permits an institution of higher education to establish a health-care professional rural track, or expand an existing rural track, within specified health care degree programs at the schools. The bill specifies required components of a rural track program, including outreach campaigns, scholarships, didactic curriculum, and clinical experience.
01:43:56 PM  
Committee members
asked questions of the bill sponsors.

01:45:57 PM  
Dr. Mark Deutchman,
representing the University of Colorado School of Medicine Rural Program,
testified in support of the bill.



Dr. Mark Johnson, representing the Colorado Medical Society, testified
in support of the bill.



Committee members asked question of the panel.
01:57:45 PM  
Mrs. Arlene Harms,
representing the Rio Grande Hospital, testified in support of the bill.



Mrs. Georgia Hoaglund, representing the Western Colorado Area Health Education
Center, testified in support of the bill.



Dr. Marisa Wickerath, representing the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians,
testified in support of the bill.



Committee members asked questions of the panel.
02:12:14 PM  
Dr. Emily Matuszewicz, representing Metro State University, testified in support of the bill.

Amy Bronson, representing Colorado Mesa University, testified in support of the bill.

Dr. Teresa Sharp, representing the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Northern Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

Dr. Cheryl Nixon, representing Fort Lewis College, testified in support of the bill.

02:22:50 PM  
Richard Orf, representing the Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified to amend the bill.

Ms. Francesca Maes, representing the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, testified in support of the bill.

02:25:50 PM  
Ms. Jeanette Hensley,
representing the Colorado Center for Aging, testified in support of the
bill.



Dr. Matt Aronson, representing self, testified in support of the bill.



Ms. Alyn Whelchel, representing the Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants,
testified in support of the bill.





Additional written testimony was submitted to the committee (Attachment
B).
02:33:48 PM  
Senator Rankin and Senator Winter provided closing remarks.

Committee members asked the sponsors questions and provided closing remarks.

02:38:40 PM  
Senator Winter introduced
and explained amendment L.001 (Attachment C).


02:39:44 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C).
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner
Jaquez Lewis
Kirkmeyer
Simpson
Smallwood
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:40:25 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 22-172, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Ginal
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Kirkmeyer Yes
Simpson Yes
Smallwood No
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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