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S_HHS_2018A 03/21/2018 10:53:06 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 03/21/2018
Attendance
Aguilar X
Crowder X
Kefalas X
Martinez Humenik *
Smallwood X
Time 10:53:06 AM to 12:23:29 PM
Place SCR 354
This Meeting was called to order by Smallwood
This Report was prepared by Elizabeth Haskell
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB18-1148 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB18-1180 Postponed Indefinitely

HB18-1148 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


10:53:16 AM  

Senator Crowder, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 18-1148.  The bill prohibits health insurers from requiring that a person undergo step therapy prior to receiving a federally approved drug for stage four metastatic cancer if the use of the drug is consistent with best practices for treatment of the cancer.  Step therapy is a protocol under which a health insurer first requires that a certain drug or sequence of drugs be tried before coverage is provided for the drug that was recommended by a health care provider.  Under current law, health insurers are only prohibited from requiring step therapy in instances where a prescription drug mandated under a step therapy protocol has previously been tried by the covered person but was discontinued due to lack of efficacy or adverse event.

10:55:54 AM  
Diane Robinson, Colorado Senior Lobby, testified in support of the bill.
10:58:25 AM  
Senator Crowder distributed a handout to the committee [Attachment A] and read a letter from a cancer patient.
11:02:45 AM  
Committee discussion followed.


11:16:21 AM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1148 to the Committee of the Whole.
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



HB18-1180 - Postponed Indefinitely

11:18:34 AM  
Senator Smallwood, bill sponsor, presented
House Bill 18-1180.  The bill creates an exception to Colorado Open
Records Law to allow a mental health professional who is a respondent to
a dismissed complaint to access the Division of Professions and Occupations
or regulatory board's complaint file.  It increases state revenue
and expenditures on an ongoing basis.  Senator Smallwood distributed
amendment L.003 to the committee (Attachment B).
11:23:06 AM  
Committee discussion and questions followed.
11:37:33 AM  

Ronne Hines, Colorado Department of Regulatory of Agencies, testified against the bill.  Ms. Hines responded to questions.

11:48:57 AM  

Frank Cornelia, Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, testified against the bill.  Mr. Cornelia responded to questions,

11:54:03 AM  

Moe Keller, Mental Health Colorado, testified against the bill.  Ms. Keller responded to questions.

11:59:14 AM  

Dr. Reo Leslie, Colorado Mental Health Professionals Association, testified in support of the bill and provided a handout to the committee (Attachment C).  Dr. Leslie responded to questions from the committee.

12:08:27 PM  

James Pinkney III, Colorado Mental Health Professionals Association, testified in support of the bill and provided a handout to the committee (Attachment D).  Mr. Pinkney responded to questions.

12:14:17 PM  
Dr. Leslie responded to committee concerns.


12:20:29 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.003 (Attachment B)
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


12:22:27 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1180, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Smallwood
Seconded
Aguilar No
Crowder Yes
Kefalas No
Martinez Humenik No
Smallwood Yes
YES: 2   NO: 3   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  FAIL


12:23:18 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 18-1180 indefinitely using a reversal of the previous roll call. There was no objection to the use of the reverse roll call, therefore, the bill was postponed indefinitely.
Moved Aguilar
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder No
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood No
Final YES: 3   NO: 2   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


12:23:29 PM   Committee Adjourned






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