This week continues to be about introducing new bills with none of the previous noted bills advancing beyond the respective committee assignments.

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Bills we are watching:

Reverse Mortgage Repayment when Home Uninhabitable. Concerning the suspension of a borrower’s obligation to repay a reverse mortgage when a force majeure renders the subject property uninhabitable as a principal residence. Local Government Committee

Extend Home Care Allowance Grant Program. The bill modifies the repeal date of the home care allowance grant program (program). Public Health Care & Human Services Committee

Requirement Durable Medical Equipment Suppliers. Individuals in the state, closer to other state borders, can only find suppliers across the border. This is primarily an access bill. Current law says the supplier must be from Colorado. Health, Insurance & Environment Committee

Office of Public Guardianship Pilot Prevention Program. The bill creates the office of public guardianship (office) within the judicial department to provide legal guardianship services to indigent and incapacitated adults. Judiciary Committee

Telehealth Coverage under Health Benefit Plans. Concerning modifications to the requirements for health benefit plans to cover health care services delivered via telehealth. Health Insurance & Environment

Continue Low-income Household Energy Assistance. This bill continues energy-related assistance to low-income households. Transportation & Energy Committee

Repeal Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. Repeals the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange Act of 2010 and gives that entity one year to ‘wind up its affairs’ by January 1st, 2018. Finance Committee

Access to Providers for Medicaid Recipients. Concerning access by Medicaid recipients to non-enrolled medical providers. Health & Human Services Committee

Study Transportation Access for People with Disabilities. How can advanced technologies improve and increase access for people with disabilities? This would be a pilot project throughout the year. Health & Human Services Committee

Rural Economic Advancement of Colorado Towns. Allows Department of Local Affairs to coordinate nonmonetary assistance and award grant money to assist rural communities with job creation or retention. Finance Committee

Repeal Local Government Internet Service Voter Approval. Concerns the repeal of existing restrictions on the ability of a local government to provide certain electronic communications services. Business, Labor & Technology Committee

Construction Defect Claim Allocation of Defense Costs. Concerning a requirement for equitable allocation of the costs of defending a construction defect claim. This is just one bill expected on the construction defects issue. Business, Labor & Technology Committee

Colorado Healthcare Affordability & Sustainability Enterprise. This is the Hospital Provider Fee bill. Concerning the creation of an enterprise that is exempt from the requirements of section 20 of article X of the state constitution and related statutory provisions to administer a fee-based healthcare affordability and sustainability program for hospitals. Finance Committee

License Freestanding Emergency Departments. Licensing those freestanding emergency care facilities outside a hospital setting. State Veterans & Military Affairs Committee

Transparency in Direct Pay Health Care Prices. Concerning a requirement that health care providers disclose the charges they impose for common health care services when payment is made directly rather than by a third party. Health & Human Services Committee

Income Tax Deduction for Military Retirement Benefits. Concerning a state income tax deduction for military retirement benefits. Finance Committee

Rural Broadband Deployment. Concerning the use of high cost support mechanism funds for rural broadband deployment. Business, Labor & Technology Committee

Coverage for Drugs in a Health Coverage Plan. The bill prohibits a health insurance carrier from excluding or limiting a drug for an enrollee in a health coverage plan if the drug was covered at the time the enrollee enrolled in the plan. A carrier may not raise the costs to the enrollee for the drug during the enrollee’s plan year. Health & Human Services Committee

Increase Documentary Fee and Fund Attainable Housing. Concerning an increase in the fee imposed by counties in connection with the recording of real estate documents for the purpose of financing a statewide attainable housing investment fund. State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee

Authorizing Local Government Inclusionary Housing Programs. Rent control was outlawed in Colorado in 1981. For those housing units, however, that fall into an inclusionary zoning project, “control” would not be unlawful. State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee

SB -091
Allow Medicaid Home Health Services. Removes restriction that services be provided in the home alone. Health & Human Services Committee

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Steve Grund serves as Policy Chair for the Colorado Aging Commission and as a legislative liaison for the Colorado Senior Lobby. The Senior Space, however, is a reflection of his views only.
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