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S_HHS_2018A 02/21/2018 11:48:56 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 02/21/2018
Attendance
Aguilar X
Crowder X
Kefalas X
Martinez Humenik X
Smallwood X
Time 11:48:56 AM to 01:45:44 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Smallwood
This Report was prepared by Elizabeth Haskell
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 18-Health Care Policy And Financing — Executive Director — Department Of Favorably Refer to Full Senate
HB18-1086 Referred to the Committee of the Whole

Conf 18-Health Care Policy And Financing — Executive Director — Department Of - Favorably Refer to Full Senate


11:49:30 AM  

Kurt Morrison, Governor's Office, introduced Kim Bimestefer, appointee to the Executive Director of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

11:50:22 AM  

Ms. Bimestefer told the committee about her background and why she wants to serve as the Executive Director of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.  She responded to questions from the committee.  Ms. Bimestefer's appointment letter may be found in Attachment A.  Ms. Bimestefer's application and resume are available at the State Archives.



11:59:29 AM
Motion Conf 18- Department of Health Care Policy And Financing — Executive Director — Refer the appointment of Kim Bimestefer to the to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
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



HB18-1086 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole

11:59:38 AM  

Senators Aguilar and Neville, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 18-1086.  Under current law, community colleges that are part of the state community college system may offer two-year associate's degrees and bachelor of applied science degrees, with limited exceptions.  The bill allows a community college to offer bachelor of science degree in nursing as a completion degree for students pursuing an associates degree in nursing.  Community colleges must seek approval from the state board for community colleges and occupational education and provide the board with information on its partnerships with existing bachelor's of nursing degree programs.  The board must consider student and workforce demand, cost effectiveness for students, and accreditation and licensing requirements when considering a request to offer a bachelor's in nursing degree.

    

Community colleges that wish to offer a bachelor's of science degree are subject to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education's (CCHE) policies for admission to nursing degree programs, and do not have to seek approval from CCHE to offer the degree.  Community colleges must notify all institutions of higher education in the state of their intent to seek approval from the board for a bachelor's degree in nursing at least 90 days before submitting the request.  All state institutions of higher education that offer a bachelor's degree in nursing must submit an annual report on the degree program to the Department of Higher Education.

12:02:05 PM  
Dr. Lance Bolton, Pikes Peak Community College, testified in support of the bill.
12:06:30 PM  
Dr. Patty Erjavec, Pueblo Community College, testified in support of the bill.
12:11:45 PM  
Dr. Bolton and Dr. Erjavec responded to questions from the committee.
12:16:32 PM  

Senator Aguilar responded to questions and provided a handout to the committee (Attachment B).  Committee discussion and questions continued.

12:20:02 PM  

Rik Englebert, Ames Community College, testified in a neutral position the bill.

12:23:09 PM  
Dr. Barbara White, Colorado Christian University, testified against the bill.
12:26:05 PM  
Dr. Karen Pennington, Regis University, testified in a neutral position on the bill.
12:28:00 PM  
John Marshall, Colorado Mesa University, testified in a neutral position on the bill.
12:31:10 PM  

Dr. Marshall responded to questions.  Committee discussion and questions followed.

12:38:55 PM  

Luis Colon, Colorado Commission on Higher Education, testified in a neutral position of the bill.  Commissioner Colon responded to questions.

12:48:15 PM  
Committee discussion and questions continued.
12:52:59 PM  
Mr. Englebert and Dr. Pennington responded to questions from the committee.
12:57:34 PM  
Dr. Nancy McCallin, Colorado Community College System, testified in support of the bill.
01:02:38 PM  

Carol Salzmann, Lutheran Medical Center, testified in support of the bill.

01:04:15 PM  
Eliza Shultz, Home Care Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
01:05:46 PM  
Gayle Berry, LeadingAge Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
01:08:35 PM  
Dr. McCallin responded to questions from the committee.
01:14:08 PM  

Committee discussion and questions ensued.

01:20:11 PM  
Sara Blackhurst, Action 22, testified in support of the bill.
01:23:16 PM  
Commissioner Byron Pelton, Colorado Counties, Inc., testified in support of the bill.
01:24:14 PM  
Sarah White, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
01:26:03 PM  
Matthew Muramoto, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.
01:28:45 PM  
Krista Murphy, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
01:30:36 PM  
Ms. Blackhurst responded to questions from the committee.
01:32:07 PM  

Senator Martinez Humenik distributed amendments L.012 (Attachment C) and L.013 (Attachment D).  Senator Martinez Humenik responded to questions.  Committee discussion followed.



01:39:48 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.012 (Attachment C).
Moved Martinez Humenik
Seconded
Aguilar No
Crowder No
Kefalas No
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood No
YES: 1   NO: 4   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL
01:39:49 PM  

Senator Kefalas distributed and discussed amendment L.017 (Attachment E).



01:43:08 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.017 (Attachment E).
Moved Kefalas
Seconded
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


01:43:42 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.013 (Attachment D).
Moved Martinez Humenik
Seconded
Aguilar No
Crowder No
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood No
YES: 2   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


01:45:25 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1086 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Aguilar
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas No
Martinez Humenik No
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


01:45:44 PM   Committee Adjourned






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