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S_HHS_2019A 04/18/2019 01:34:07 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Date 04/18/2019
Attendance
Crowder X
Smallwood X
Winter X
Pettersen X
Fields X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 01:34:07 PM to 03:17:44 PM
Place LSB B
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Fields
This Report was prepared by Elizabeth Haskell
Hearing Items Action Taken
Conf 19-Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board — Colorado Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 19-University Of Colorado Hospital Authority — Board Of Directors Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 19-Children's Trust Fund Board — Colorado Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 19-Healthcare Affordability And Sustainability Enterprise- Colorado Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
Conf 19-Medical Officer — Chief Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar
HB19-1267 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB19-245 Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar
SB19-242 Committee Discussion Only

Conf 19-Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board — Colorado - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:35:11 PM  

Judy Dettmer, Colorado Department of Human Services, presented on the activities of the Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board of Directors (board).

01:36:25 PM  

Victoria Ortega. appointee, told the committee about her background and why she wants to serve as a member of the board.

 

The Governor's executive order and appointment letter may be found in Attachment A.  Ms. Ortega's resume and application may be found at the State Archives.

01:38:10 PM  

Thomas McCause, appointee, told the committee about his background and why he wants to serve as a member of the board.

 

The Governor's executive order and appointment letter may be found in Attachment A.  Mr. McCause's resume and application may be found at the State Archives.

01:39:50 PM  

Kenneth Scott, appointee, told the committee about his background and why he wants to serve as a member of the board.

 

The Governor's executive order and appointment letter may be found in Attachment A.  Mr. Scott's resume and application may be found at the State Archives.

01:40:32 PM  

Dr. Theresa Chase, appointee, told the committee about her background and why she wants to continue to serve as a member of the board.

 

The Governor's executive order and appointment letter may be found in Attachment A.  Dr. Chase's resume and application may be found at the State Archives.



01:42:43 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Theresa Chase, Kenneth Scott, Victoria Ortega, and Thomas McCause to Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Crowder Yes
Smallwood Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 19-University Of Colorado Hospital Authority — Board Of Directors - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:42:50 PM  

Raymond Baker, appointee, told the committee about his professional background and why he wants to serve as a member of the University of Colorado Hospital Authority Board of Directors.

 

The University of Colorado Board of Regents' appointment letter may be found in Attachment B.  Mr.  Baker's resume and application may be found at the State Archives.



01:44:58 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Raymond Baker 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 Pettersen
Seconded
Crowder Yes
Smallwood Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 19-Children's Trust Fund Board — Colorado - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:45:05 PM  

Kendra Dunn, Department of Human Services, presented on the activities of the Children's Trust Fund Board (board).

01:46:15 PM  

Dr. Bridget Burnett, appointee, told the committee about her background and why she wants to serve as a member the board.

 

The Governor's executive order and appointment letter may be found in Attachment C.  Dr. Burnett's resume and application may be found at the State Archives.

01:46:56 PM  

Stephanie Villafuerte, appointee, told the committee about her background and why she wants to serve as a member of the board.

 

The Governor's executive order and appointment letter may be found in Attachment C.  Ms. Villafuerte's resume and application may be found at the State Archives.



01:49:02 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Stephanie Villafuerte and Bridget Burnett to the Colorado Children's Trust Fund Board to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Crowder Yes
Smallwood Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 19-Healthcare Affordability And Sustainability Enterprise- Colorado - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:49:29 PM  

Nancy Dolson, Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, presented on the activities of the Colorado Healthcare Affordability and Sustainability Enterprise (CHASE).

 

Brent Bowman, appointee, told the committee about his background and why he wants to serve as a member of the CHASE.

 

The Governor's executive order and appointment letter may be found in Attachment D.  Mr. Bowman's resume and application may be found at the State Archives.



01:53:55 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Brent Bowman to the Colorado Healthcare Affordability And Sustainability Enterprise to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Crowder Yes
Smallwood Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



Conf 19-Medical Officer — Chief - Favorably Refer to Full Senate - Consent Calendar


01:54:02 PM  

Mara Brosy-Wiwchar, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), introduced Dr. Tista Ghosh.

01:55:49 PM  

Dr. Tista Ghosh, appointee, told the committee about her professional background and why she wants to serve as the Chief Medical Officer of CDPHE.

 

The Governor's executive order and appointment letter may be found in Attachment E.  Dr. Ghosh's resume and application may be found at the State Archives.



01:57:25 PM
Motion Refer the appointment of Tista Ghosh to the Chief Medical Officer to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Crowder Yes
Smallwood Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1267 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:00:29 PM  

Senator Rodriguez, bill sponsor, presented House Bill 19-1267.  Under current law, an employer convicted of intentionally refusing to pay a wage claim, falsely denying a wage claim with the intent to not pay, or underpaying the claim to harass or defraud the person owed the wage is guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor.  An employer convicted of paying less than the minimum wage is also guilty of an unclassified misdemeanor.  This bill classifies these crimes as theft which can be a petty offense, misdemeanor, or felony depending on the amount of wages withheld or underpaid.

02:02:41 PM  
Maria Trujillo, Department of Public Safety, testified in support of the bill.
02:07:02 PM  

Christian Gardner-Wood, Colorado District Attorneys' Council  and Boulder District Attorney's Office, testified in support of the bill.

02:10:50 PM  

Andrew Turner, representing himself, testified in support of the bill.

02:12:01 PM  

Senator Fields recessed the meeting.

02:14:19 PM  

Senator Fields reconvened the meeting.

02:14:57 PM  

Diego Prados, El Centro Humanitario, testified in support of the bill.

02:18:06 PM  
Miz Cordero, Chamber of Commerce, testified in a neutral position on the bill.
02:19:58 PM  
Hannah Bernick, representing herself, testified in support of the bill.
02:23:00 PM  
David Seligman, Towards Justice, testified in support of the bill.
02:27:53 PM  
The witness panel responded to questions.


02:31:01 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 19-1267 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Crowder Yes
Smallwood Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-245 - Referred to the Committee of the Whole - Consent Calendar


02:32:13 PM  

Senator Gonzalaes, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 19-245.  The bill allows the Colorado Department of Human Services to promulgate rules to amend the length of time for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program appeals to comply with federal law.

 

There was no public testimony on the bill.



02:33:30 PM
Motion Refer Senate Bill 19-245 to the Committee of the Whole and with a recommendation that it be placed on the consent calendar.
Moved Pettersen
Seconded
Crowder Yes
Smallwood Yes
Winter Yes
Pettersen Yes
Fields Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



SB19-242 - Committee Discussion Only


02:33:42 PM  

Senator Garcia, bill sponsor, presented Senate Bill 242.  Under current law, the Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) issues certifications to emergency medical service (EMS) providers.  The bill creates an EMS license as a professional credential that is available to EMS providers that hold a four-year bachelor's degree.  An EMS provider may apply to the CDPHE for licensure on or after January 1, 2021.  The State Board of Health will adopt rules concerning implementation of the licensure program.  The bill applies certain provisions related to EMS certificates to EMS licenses, and updates the background check process for EMS providers.

02:39:00 PM  
Sean Caffrey, EMS Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:42:14 PM  
Tim Dienst, EMS Association of Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:46:31 PM  
Randy Kuykendall, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, testified in a neutral position on the bill.
02:55:06 PM  
Senator Garcia responded to questions.
03:01:27 PM  
Committee discussion and questions ensued.
03:17:00 PM  

Senator Fields laid SB 19-242 over and announced that the committee meeting was moving to the Old State Library in the Capitol to hear Senate Bill 19-238.  A separate committee summary was prepared for SB 19-238 and the vote on SB 19-242.

 

Senator Fields recessed the meeting.


03:17:44 PM   The committee adjourned.