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S_HHS_2018A 02/15/2018 01:34:42 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 02/15/2018
Attendance
Aguilar X
Crowder X
Kefalas X
Martinez Humenik *
Smallwood X
Time 01:34:42 PM to 05:06:58 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Smallwood
This Report was prepared by Elizabeth Haskell
Hearing Items Action Taken
SB18-074 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB18-084 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB18-132 Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations
SB18-161 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB18-023 Postponed Indefinitely

SB18-074 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


01:35:20 PM  

Senator Todd, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-074.  The bill adds individuals with Prader-Willi syndrome to the list of people who have mandatory eligibility for services and supports under Medicaid.

01:37:03 PM  

Martha Mason, representing herself, testified in support of the bill via the remote testimony location at Ft. Lewis College in Durango.  Ms. Mason responded to questions from the committee

01:44:22 PM  

Dr. Todd Porter, Children's Hospital Colorado, testified in support of the bill.

01:49:26 PM  

Martin Zimmerman, Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Colorado (PWSACO), testified in support of the bill and read a letter supporting the bill written by Crystal Redner, representing herself.  Mr. Zimmerman provided a packet of information to the committee (Attachment A).

01:54:21 PM  

Charlotte Peterson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

01:56:11 PM  

Robin Grey, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Grey responded to questions.

02:03:50 PM  
Stacie Zimmerman, PWSACO, testified in support of the bill.
02:06:53 PM  

Mark Greenberg, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

02:10:38 PM  

Christina Johnson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

02:11:19 PM  

Dr. Laura Harmacek, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

02:17:48 PM  

Zach Lynkiewicz, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, testified in a neutral position on the bill.  Mr. Lynkiewicz responded to questions.

02:25:45 PM  
Mr. Lynkiewicz responded to questions.
02:30:30 PM  

Senator Todd made closing comments.  Amendment L.001 was distributed to the committee (Attachment B).

02:35:20 PM  

The committee discussed amendment L.001 (Attachment B).



02:38:53 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment B)
Moved Martinez Humenik
Seconded
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


02:39:36 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-074, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Martinez Humenik
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-084 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


02:39:46 PM  

Senator Kefalas, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-084.  The bill clarifies that a minor who commits behavior that would be considered prostitution if committed as an adult is a victim of human trafficking and requires that these minors be referred for care and services. 

Amendments L.002 and L.004 were distributed to the committee (Attachment C and D).

02:45:34 PM  

Arnold Hanuman, Colorado District Attorneys' Council, Office of the Attorney General, and Colorado Municipal League, testified against the bill.

02:50:18 PM  

Stephanie Fritts, 17th Judicial District, testified against the bill.

02:52:36 PM  
Kelley Dziedzic, 18th Judicial District, testified against the bill.
02:56:17 PM  
Ms. Fritts, Ms. Dziedzic, and Mr. Hanuman responded to questions.
03:01:29 PM  
The committee dialogued with the witnesses and Senator Kefalas.
03:08:57 PM  
Jennifer Anderson, Colorado Attorney General's Office, testified against the bill.
03:11:22 PM  
Mike Valentine, Arapahoe County, testified in a neutral position on the bill.
03:13:52 PM  
Kelly Dore, National Human Trafficking Survivor Coalition, testified in support of the bill.
03:24:22 PM  

Billie McIntire, Swan Counseling Services, testified in support of the bill.  Committee discussion followed.

03:28:37 PM  
Cynthia Camble, Loving Our Children, testified in support of the bill.
03:33:42 PM  
Linda Weinerman, Office of the Child's Representative, testified in support of the bill.
03:38:43 PM  
Alexandra Erickson, Human Trafficking Center, testified in support of the bill.
03:43:45 PM  

Maureen Cain, Colorado State Public Defender's Council, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Cain responded to questions.

03:49:34 PM  
Senator Smallwood recessed the meeting.
03:52:04 PM  
Senator Smallwood reconvened the meeting.
03:52:19 PM  
Ms. Cain and Ms. Weinerman responded to questions from the committee.
04:01:32 PM  
Jeremy Fuerte, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
04:05:19 PM  

Sarah Bendtsen, Shared Hope International, testified in support of the bill.  Ms. Bendtsen responded to questions.

04:12:45 PM  

Senator Kefalas made closing comments and discussed amendment L.002 (Attachment C) and L.004 (Attachment D).

04:16:24 PM  

Senator Martinez Humenik distributed and discussed amendment L.005 (Attachment E).  Committee discussion followed regarding the amendments.



04:23:42 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.002 (Attachment C).
Moved Kefalas
Seconded
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:24:02 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment D).
Moved Kefalas
Seconded
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:24:45 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment E).
Moved Martinez Humenik
Seconded
Aguilar No
Crowder Yes
Kefalas No
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood No
YES: 2   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


04:29:27 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-084, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Kefalas
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-132 - Amended, referred to Senate Appropriations


04:29:41 PM  

Senator Smallwood, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-132.  The bill requires the Commissioner of Insurance to pursue a federal waiver to allow all Coloradans to purchase catastrophic health plans through the state health insurance exchange. 

 

Amendment L.001 was distributed to the committee (Attachement F).

04:36:11 PM  

R.J. Ours, American Cancer Society, testified against the bill.

04:42:42 PM  

Peg Brown, Colorado Division of Insurance, responded to questions from the committee.

04:45:49 PM  
Kate Harris, Connect for Health Colorado, responded to questions from the committee.
04:46:43 PM  

Senator Smallwood made closing comments and discussed amendment L.001 (Attachment F).



04:48:32 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment F).
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


04:48:59 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-132, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-161 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


04:49:08 PM  

Senator Smallwood, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-161.  This bill repeals the Behavioral Health Transformation Council in the Department of Human Services which is set to repeal under current law on July 1, 2020.

04:50:58 PM  
Committee discussion followed.
04:51:10 PM  

Camille Harding, Colorado Department of Human Services, testified in support of the bill.



04:52:24 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 18-161 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-023 - Postponed Indefinitely


04:52:59 PM  

Senator Martinez Humenik, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 18-023.  Under federal law, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for approving pharmaceutical products that may be sold in the United States, and the FDA approval process focuses on a specific use of the drug in treating a specific condition or conditions.  This bill defines "off-label use" as the use of an FDA-approved prescription drug, biological product, or device in a manner other than the use approved by the FDA.  Under the bill, pharmaceutical manufacturers and their representatives are allowed to truthfully promote off-label uses of pharmaceutical products.  The State Board of Pharmacy is prohibited from taking disciplinary action against a manufacturer for promoting off-label uses, including revoking or failing to renew a manufacturer's license.  The bill specifies that health insurance carriers and other third-party payers are not required to provide coverage for the cost of off-label uses of a prescription drug, biological product, or device.

04:58:30 PM  

Diane Robinson, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.

05:01:22 PM  

Senator Martinez Humenik made closing comments.  She requested that the bill be postponed indefinitely.



05:02:37 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-023 indefinitely.
Moved Crowder
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood No
Final YES: 4   NO: 1   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


05:06:58 PM   Committee Adjourned






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