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S_HHS_2018A 04/12/2018 01:32:32 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 04/12/2018
Attendance
Aguilar X
Crowder X
Kefalas X
Martinez Humenik *
Smallwood X
Time 01:32:32 PM to 03:33:17 PM
Place SCR 354
This Meeting was called to order by Smallwood
This Report was prepared by Elizabeth Haskell
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 18-Medical Services Board Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 18-University Of Colorado Hospital Authority — Board Of Directors Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
HB18-1300 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB18-1265 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB18-224 Postponed Indefinitely
HB18-1284 Referred to the Committee of the Whole
HB18-1155 Amended, referred to Senate Finance

Conf 18-Medical Services Board - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:32:54 PM  

Chris Sykes, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, presented the Medical Services Board appointees.

01:33:40 PM  

Dr. Simon Hambidge, appointee, told the committee about his background and why he wants to serve on the Medical Services Board.

01:34:08 PM  

Dr. Martha Cecile Fraley, appointee, told the committee about her background and why she wants to serve on the Medical Services Board.

01:34:34 PM  

Jessica Kuhns, appointee, told the committee about her background and why she wants to serve on the Medical Services Board

01:35:10 PM  

Bregitta Hughes, appointee, told the committee about her background and why she wants to serve on the Medical Services Board.

01:35:57 PM  

Dr. Hambidge, Dr. Fraley, Ms. Kuhns, and Ms. Hughes responded to questions.

 

The Governor's appointment letter for Dr. Hambidge, Dr. Fraley, Ms. Kuhns, and Ms. Hughes is attached  [Attachment A].  Their resumes and applications may be found at State Archives.

 

 



01:43:15 PM
Motion Conf 18- Refer the appointment of Bregitta Hughes, Jessica Kuhns, Simon Hambidge, and Martha Fraley to the Medical Services Board to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Kefalas
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Excused
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 18-University Of Colorado Hospital Authority — Board Of Directors - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:43:21 PM  

Allen Staver, UCHealth General Counsel, provided a brief presentation on the organizational structure of UCHealth/University of Colorado Hospital Authority and provided a handout [Attachment B].  

01:46:45 PM  
Mr. Staver responded to questions from the committee.
01:53:11 PM  

Philip Lane, appointee, told the committee about his background and why he wants to serve on the Colorado Hospital Authority Board of Directors.

 

The University of Colorado Board of Regent's appointment letter for Mr. Lane is attached [Attachment C].

 



01:57:55 PM
Motion Conf 18 - Refer the appointment of Philip Lane to the University of Colorado Hospital Authority - Board Of Directors to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Kefalas
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Excused
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1300 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


01:58:10 PM  
Senator Smallwood recessed the meeting.
02:00:03 PM  
Senator Smallwood reconvened the meeting.
02:00:12 PM  

Senators Cooke and Marble, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 18-1300.  The bill allows Aims Community College (Aims) to offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing as a completion degree for students who have or are pursuing an associate degree in nursing.  The college's board of trustees must determine if the degree program serves the needs of the communities within the college's service area.  Under current law, Aims only has authority to offer bachelor of applied science degrees.

 

A handout was distributed to the committee [Attachment D].

02:02:29 PM  
Trish Rand, Aims Community College, testified in support of the bill.
02:05:34 PM  
Committee questions followed.
02:06:37 PM  
Senator Marble made closing comments.


02:09:00 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1300 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Kefalas
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Excused
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1265 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:10:06 PM  

Senator Crowder, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 18-1265.  The bill continues the Stroke Advisory Board in the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment indefinitely.

02:11:18 PM  
Christina Johnson, Colorado Senior Lobby, testified in support of the bill.
02:12:17 PM  
Francesca Maes, Colorado Senior Lobby, testified in support of the bill.
02:14:51 PM  
Committee discussion and questions followed.


02:17:15 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1265 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Crowder
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Excused
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB18-224 - Postponed Indefinitely


02:17:22 PM  

Senator Smallwood, bill sponsor, requested that Senate Bill 18-224 be postponed indefinitely.



02:18:11 PM
Motion Postpone Senate Bill 18-224 indefinitely.
Moved Crowder
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Excused
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 4   NO: 0   EXC: 1   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1284 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole


02:35:21 PM  

Senators Kefalas and Martinez Humenik, co-prime sponsors, presented House Bill 18-1284.  This bill prohibits a health insurance carrier or pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) from:

  • requiring that a pharmacist charge a covered person a copayment that exceeds the amount billed to the health plan by the pharmacist; or
  • prohibiting or penalizing a pharmacist from informing a covered person about cost sharing amounts for a prescription drug or the clinical efficacy of a more affordable alternative drug.

If the Commissioner of Insurance determines that a carrier or PBM violates these provisions, the commissioner must institute a corrective action plan for the carrier and may use other existing enforcement mechanisms to ensure compliance.

02:37:29 PM  
Jo Hubchik, Colorado Chronic Care Collaborative, testified in support of the bill.
02:41:29 PM  

Dr. Tim Hutton, Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP), testified in support of the bill.

02:44:05 PM  

Dr. Sally Berger, CAFP, testified in support of the bill.

02:46:20 PM  
Senator Kefalas responded to questions.
02:48:32 PM  

Jennifer Jones, Colorado Bio Science Association, testified in support of the bill.

02:50:21 PM  
Diane Robinson, Colorado Senior Lobby, testified in support of the bill.
02:51:40 PM  

Senator Smallwood recessed the meeting.

02:52:28 PM  

Senator Smallwood reconvened the meeting.

02:54:49 PM  

Emily Zadvorny, Colorado Pharmacists Society, testified in support of the bill.

02:58:32 PM  

Alyson Williams, Health District of Northern Larimer County, testified in support of the bill.

03:03:17 PM  
Committee discussion and questions followed.
03:05:22 PM  
Jo Hubchik returned to the table and responded to questions.
03:08:32 PM  
Senators Kefalas and Martinez Humenik made closing comments.


03:11:35 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1284 to the Committee of the Whole.
Moved Crowder
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB18-1155 - Amended, referred to Senate Finance


03:16:02 PM  

Public Testimony for House Bill 18-1155 was heard on March 29, 2018, in Senate Committee Room 357. The bill was scheduled today for action only.



03:16:04 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.022 [Attachment E].
Moved Crowder
Seconded
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection
03:22:00 PM  

Kristin Forrestal, Office of Legislative Legal Services, responded to questions about the amendments



03:32:24 PM
Motion Adopt amendment L.023 [Attachment F].
Moved Martinez Humenik
Seconded
Aguilar
Crowder
Kefalas
Martinez Humenik
Smallwood
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Withdrawn


03:33:04 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 18-1155, as amended, to the Committee on Finance.
Moved Crowder
Seconded
Aguilar Yes
Crowder Yes
Kefalas Yes
Martinez Humenik Yes
Smallwood Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


03:33:17 PM   Committee Adjourned






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