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s_hhs_2017a_2017-05-03t10:35:46z1 Hearing Summary

Date: 05/03/2017

Location: SCR 354

Final

BILL SUMMARY for SB17-300



SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C). The motion p

Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment D). The motion p

Refer Senate Bill 17-300, as amended, to the Commi
Pass Without Objection



PASS







11:20 AM -- SB 17-300




Senator Lambert, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 17-300. Senate Bill 17-300 requires the Commissioner of Insurance in the Department of Regulatory Agencies to develop, by rule, a program to provide health care coverage to high-risk individuals and reduce health insurance premiums in the individual market. Specifically, the commissioner:

      • may examine options for the program including creating a high-risk pool or a reinsurance program;
      • is required to comply with federal laws and regulations in order to qualify for federal financial support;
      • is required to develop a waiver proposal and may apply to the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services for a waiver from the provisions of the Affordable Care Act;
      • is required to develop, by rule, a list of presumptive medical conditions that have a high risk of above-average health care costs to determine program eligibility;
      • may implement a state plan meeting the waiver requirements consistent with state and federal law; and
      • may seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations from private or public sources to implement the bill.

Senator Lambert distributed amendments L.001 and L.002 and a handout (Attachments C, D, and E).



170503 AttachC.pdf170503 AttachC.pdf170503 AttachD.pdf170503 AttachD.pdf170503 AttachE.pdf170503 AttachE.pdf



11:30 AM --
Virginia Morrison Love, America's Health Insurance Plans, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions from the committee.



11:40 AM --
Sara Orrange, Colorado Association of Health Plans, testified in support of the bill.



11:42 AM --
Bethany Pray, Colorado Center on Law and Policy, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Pray responded to questions.



11:48 AM --
Peg Brown, Colorado Division of Insurance, testified in support of the bill and responded to questions.



11:58 AM



Senator Lambert made closing comments. Ms. Brown came back to the table to respond to questions. Committee discussion followed.


BILL: SB17-300
TIME: 12:10:30 PM
MOVED: Aguilar
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment C). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: Pass Without Objection


BILL: SB17-300
TIME: 12:10:49 PM
MOVED: Aguilar
MOTION: Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment D). The motion passed without objection.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION:


BILL: SB17-300
TIME: 12:10:55 PM
MOVED: Aguilar
MOTION: Refer Senate Bill 17-300, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 5-0.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Aguilar
Yes
Crowder
Yes
Kefalas
Yes
Martinez Humenik
Yes
Smallwood
Yes
Final YES: 5 NO: 0 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS



12:14 PM



Senator Martinez Humenik adjourned the meeting.












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