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E490BD23CB7C571887258973006525B1 Hearing Summary




PUBLIC
BILL SUMMARY For SB23-189

SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date Mar 15, 2023      
Location Old State Library



SB23-189 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations

12:24:51 PM  
Senator Moreno and
Senator Cutter, co-prime bill sponsors, presented Senate Bill 23-189 concerning
multiple changes to reproductive health care coverage requirements, including:




Women’s preventive health, abortion care and minor enrollment in Medicaid.
The bill adds the Women's Preventive Services Guidelines of the Health
Resources and Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services (HHS) to the mandatory preventive health care services
coverage for health benefit plans. HIV, sexually transmitted infections,
and sterilization. The bill requires that health care services cover sexually
transmitted infections including HIV prevention drugs and related services.
Carriers are prohibited from imposing any cost sharing on coverage for
the treatment of a sexually transmitted infection; or sterilization services
regardless of gender.



Abortion care. The bill requires large employer plans, to provide coverage
for the total cost of abortion care without policy deductibles, copayments,
or coinsurance. To the extent required by binding federal jurisprudence,
employers are exempted from providing coverage if providing coverage conflicts
with the employer's sincerely held religious beliefs. Minor contraception.
With the minor's consent, a health care provider may furnish contraceptive
procedures, supplies, or information to the minor without notification
to or the consent of the minor's legal guardian



Minor enrollment in Medicaid. The bill expands the reproductive health
care program administered by the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
(HCPF) to include additional family planning services and family-planning-related
services and allow individuals under 19 years of age to apply for and enroll
themselves in the program. Provider reimbursement. HCPF must reimburse
licensed health care providers for family planning and related services
provided to a minor. The bill creates a new cash fund for this purpose,
subject to annual appropriations by the General Assembly.



Committee members asked the co-prime bill sponsors questions.

12:36:16 PM  
Barb Cardell, representing
the
Positive Women's
Network USA, testified in support of the bill.




Ms. Mannat Singh,
representing
the
Colorado Consumer
Health Initiative, testified in support of the bill.




Ms. Erin Miller,
representing
the
Colorado Children's
Campaign, testified in support of the bill.




Jack Teter, representing
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, testified in support of the
bill.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
12:47:23 PM  
Dr. Sarah Rowan,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Mr. Dan Scales,
representing Vivent, testified in support of the bill.




Mr. Christopher
Zivalich, representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
12:58:38 PM  
Tash Berwick, representing
New Era Colorado, testified in support of the bill.




Mar Galvez Seminario,
representing
the
Colorado Organization
for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights, testified in support of
the bill.




Melisa Hidalgo-Cuellar,
representing
the
Cobalt Abortion
Fund, testified in support of the bill.




Commissioner Michael
Conway, representing
the
Division of
Insurance, was available to answer committee questions.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
01:14:52 PM  
Dr. Catherine Wheeler,
representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.




Mrs. Brittany
Vessely, representing
the
Colorado Catholic
Conference, testified in opposition to the bill.




Mrs. Kristy Neeley,
representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
01:29:59 PM  
Dr.  Thomas
Perille, representing Democrats for Life of Colorado, testified in opposition
to the bill.




Dr. Thomas Jensen,
representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.




Ms. Nicole Hunt,
representing Focus on the Family, testified in opposition to the bill.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
01:40:58 PM  
Pamela Anderson,
representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.




JoEllen Mitchell,
representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.




Joni Shepherd,
representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.




Ms. Jennifer Allen,
representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
01:52:29 PM  
Donna Labelle, representing herself, testified in opposition to the bill.
01:54:51 PM  
Mr. Brandon Arnold,
representing
the
Colorado Association
of Health Plans, testified to amend the bill.




Mrs. Tamra Axworthy,
representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.




Mrs. Jody Nickerson,
representing themself, testified to amend the bill.




Mr. Jeff Hunt,
representing
the Centennial
Institute at Colorado Christian University, testified in opposition to
the bill.




Dr. Susan Hirsch,
representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.

02:10:08 PM  
Laurel Anne Flahive,
representing themself, testified in opposition.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
02:18:02 PM  
Ms. Alison Altman,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.




Annmarie Izuel,
representing
the
Northern Colorado
Chapter for the National Organization for Women, testified in support of
the bill.




Ann Herrold, representing
themself, testified in support of the bill.




Committee members
asked the panel questions.
02:26:56 PM  
Trevor Malloy, representing themself, testified in opposition to the bill.
02:27:56 PM  
Dr. Lydia Hostetler,
representing themself, testified in support of the bill.

Committee members asked the panel questions.




Additional written
testimony can be found in Attachment A.

02:37:01 PM  
Senator Moreno explained
amendments L.001 and L.002 (Attachments B and C).



02:42:30 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B).
Moved Cutter
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:43:18 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment C).
Moved Cutter
Seconded
Buckner
Cutter
Jaquez Lewis
Mullica
Rich
Smallwood
Will
Ginal
Fields
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
02:44:42 PM  
Senator Smallwood
explained amendment L.004 (Attachment D).



02:44:43 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment D).
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner No
Cutter No
Jaquez Lewis Excused
Mullica No
Rich Yes
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal No
Fields No
YES: 3   NO: 5   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
02:45:07 PM  
Senator Smallwood
explained amendment L.005 (Attachment E).

02:53:40 PM  
The committee discussed
amendment L.005.


02:55:02 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment E).
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner No
Cutter No
Jaquez Lewis No
Mullica No
Rich Yes
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal Yes
Fields No
YES: 4   NO: 5   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
02:55:20 PM  
Senator Smallwood
explained amendment L.003 (Attachment F).
02:58:27 PM  
The committee discussed amendment L003.


03:00:06 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment F).
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Buckner No
Cutter No
Jaquez Lewis No
Mullica No
Rich No
Smallwood Yes
Will Yes
Ginal No
Fields No
YES: 2   NO: 7   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
03:00:08 PM  
Senator Mullica explained
amendment L.007 (Attachment G).
03:01:44 PM  
Commitee members
discussed amendment L.007.


03:02:25 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.007 (Attachment G).
Moved Mullica
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich No
Smallwood No
Will No
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
YES: 6   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS
03:02:27 PM  
Co-prime sponsors and the committee provided closing remarks.


03:12:38 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 23-189, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Cutter
Seconded
Buckner Yes
Cutter Yes
Jaquez Lewis Yes
Mullica Yes
Rich No
Smallwood No
Will No
Ginal Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 6   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS






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