We are following 40 of the nearly 400 bills introduced so far in the session. We show you the new ones on the top for those of you on the run.

The Senior Space examines the 2017 General Assembly through an older adult lens. Each week we introduce the new bills first; and, then we update the bills we are following and identify for you the next chapter in each of those bills.

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New Bills we are watching

Construction Defect Litigation Builder’s Right to Repair. Construction professional has the right to receive notices from a prospective claimant concerning an alleged construction defect; to inspect the property; and then to elect to either repair the defect or tender an offer of settlement before the claimant can file a lawsuit seeking damages. Veteran’s & Military Affairs Committee, March 1st, 1:30p, Room LSB-A

PERA Public Employees’ Retirement Association Retirees Employed By Rural School Districts.
Concerning an extension of the employment after retirement limitations for retirees of the public employees’ retirement association employed by a rural school district after retirement. Finance. Mar.1st, 1:30p, Room LSB-A

Transportation Network Company Drivers Medical Certificate Not Required. The bill eliminates the requirement for a medical certificate for persons who drive for transportation network companies.  Business, Labor & Technology, Nothing scheduled

Consumer Right to Know Electric Utility Charges. Concerning consumers’ right to know their electric utility charges by requiring investor-owned electric utilities to provide their customers with a comprehensive breakdown of cost on their monthly bills. Ag, Natural Resources & Energy Committee, Feb.16th 1:30p, Room 357

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, Feb 15th, 1:30p, Room 0107

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, Jan. 31st, refer unamended to Appropriations, nothing scheduled

Update National Standards Citations Accessible Housing. The bill amends references to an
out-of-date version of a standard, promulgated by the American national standards institute that governs construction of accessible housing. Local Government, nothing scheduled

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, Feb. 14th, Upon Adjournment, Room 0107

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, Feb. 23rd, 1:30p, Room 0112

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, Feb 13th, 10am, House Chamber, Room 0107

Continue Low-income Household Energy Assistance. This bill continues energy-related assistance to low-income households. Transportation & Energy Committee, Feb 16th, Upon Adjournment, Room 0112

Patient Safety Act. The bill requires applicants for initial licensure or certification, as well as current licensees and certificate holders, to submit to a fingerprint-based criminal history record check. Includes: Podiatrists, Dentists and dental hygienists, Medical doctors, physician assistants, and anesthesiologists; Nurses, Certified nurse aides, Optometrists and Veterinarians. Health, Insurance & Environment, Feb 16th, 1:30p, Room 271

Medicaid Appeal Review Legal Notice Requirements. The bill requires the administrative law judge hearing Medicaid appeals to review the legal sufficiency of the notice of action from which the recipient is appealing at the commencement of the appeal hearing if the notice of action concerns the termination or reduction of an existing benefit. If the notice is legally insufficient, the judge shall advise the appellant that he or she may waive the defense of insufficient notice and proceed to a hearing on the merits or may ask the judge to decide the appeal based on the judge’s finding of insufficiency. The judge shall advise the appellant that a legally sufficient notice may be issued in the future and that the state may recoup benefits from the appellant. Health Care and Human Services. Feb 14th, 1:30p, Room 0107.

Technical Issues Filing Medicaid Appeals. The bill clarifies that a Medicaid recipient (recipient) who files an appeal does not need to make an affirmative request to continue Medicaid benefits during the appeal. The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing (department) to send the recipient written confirmation of continuing benefits. For a recipient who chooses not to continue receiving benefits during the appeal process, the form and electronic filing process for appeals must include a check box or other method to opt out of continuing benefits. Public Health Care & Human Services, Feb 14th, 1:30p, Room 0107

Medicaid Provider Compliance Billing Safety Rules. The bill subjects a provider of Medicaid services to a civil monetary penalty if the provider improperly bills or seeks collection from a Medicaid recipient or the estate of a Medicaid recipient. Public Health Care & Human Services, Nothing Scheduled

Audits of Medicaid Client Correspondence. The bill directs the office of the state auditor (OSA) to conduct or cause to be conducted an audit of client communications, including letters and notices, sent to clients or potential clients in Medicaid programs. The audits will be conducted in 2020 and 2023 and thereafter at the discretion of the state auditor. Public Health Care & Human Services, Feb. 14th, 1:30p, Room 0107

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, Refer Unamended to Appropriations.

Access to Providers for Medicaid Recipients. Concerning access by Medicaid recipients to non-enrolled medical providers. Health & Human Services Committee, Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole. Feb. 14th, 10:00a Senate Chamber
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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. Introduced in House to Transportation & Energy, Mar. 1st, 1:30p, Room 0112

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, Feb. 14th, 2:00p, Room 357

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, Feb 13th, 2:00pm, Room 354

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, Refer Amended to Appropriations

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, nothing scheduled

License Freestanding Emergency Departments. Licensing those freestanding emergency care facilities outside a hospital setting. State Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, Feb 8th, Postponed Indefinitely

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, Passed 3rd. Reading in Senate, No Amendments.

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

Rural Broadband Deployment. Concerning the use of high cost support mechanism funds for rural broadband deployment. Business, Labor & Technology Committee, Feb 13th, 2:00pm, Room 354

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, Postponed Indefinitely

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, Feb. 13th, 1:30p, Room 357

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, Postponed Indefinitely.

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Allow Medicaid Home Health Services. Removes restriction that services be provided in the home alone. Health & Human Services Committee, Refer Unamended to Appropriations.

Mobile Home Parks. Concerning mobile home parks, and, in connection therewith, promoting home ownership, protecting property rights, and providing incentives to local governments to preserve and develop mobile home park communities. Veterans and Military Affairs, Feb. 13th, 1:30p, Room 357

Cap Employer Contribution Rates for PERA (Public Employees’ Retirement Association.) Finance, Feb. 13th. 10:00a, Senate Chamber

Improve Medicaid Client Correspondence. Ensure due process is being followed. Health & Human Services, Feb. 16th, Room 354

Insurance Commissioner Investigation of Provider Complaints. Requires the commissioner to investigate provider complaints and notify the provider of the results of the investigation. Business Labor & Technology, Nothing scheduled.

Access to Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. Concerning access to the electronic prescription drug monitoring program. Health & Human Services, Feb. 16th, 1:30p, Room 354

Consumer Access to Health Care. Concerning changes in the requirements for the coverage of health care benefits to allow for increased consumer access to health care services. Business, Labor & Technology, Feb. 15th, 2:00p, Room 354

Statutory Definition of Construction Defect. Concerning the statutory definition of a construction defect for purposes of the ‘Construction Defect Action Reform Act. Business, Labor & Technology, Nothing scheduled.

Homeowners’ Association Construction Defect Lawsuit Approval Timelines. The bill states that when the governing documents of a common interest community require mediation or arbitration of a construction defect claim and the requirement is later amended or removed, mediation or arbitration is still required for a construction defect claim. Business, Labor, & Technology, Nothing scheduled

Modify Composition Of PERA Public Employees’ Retirement Association Board Of Trustees. Concerning modifications to the composition of the board of trustees of the public employees’ retirement association. Finance Committee, Feb. 14th, 2:00p, Room 357

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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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