Colorado Senior Lobby is strongly supporting HB-1087; the Office of Public Guardianship Pilot Program. Some people have no one. If that person becomes indigent or incapacitated, this bill creates a framework to address it. The thoughtful part is that it’s a pilot program; discovering the depth of the problem and the associated costs first, and then determining the most effective methods to help after that.

CSL also strongly supports HB-1116, which Continues Low-income Household Energy Assistance. This has been a terrific tool for years.

There is also strong support for a host of Medicaid-related measures. If you are touched by Medicaid, or know someone who is, then please go to the Bill Sheet source below and read up on them. They are:

  • HB-1126, Medicaid Appeal Review Legal Notice Requirements
  • HB-1139, Medicaid Provider Compliance Billing Safety Rules
  • HB-1143, Audits of Medicaid Client Correspondence
  • SB-121, Improve Medicaid Client Correspondence

Find all of the information associated with these bills right here:

There is only one bill Strongly Opposed by CSL; and, it is in the Senate. SB-003 was launched on the first day of the session. That one is titled Repeal Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. We ask, ‘in exchange for what?’

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New Bills we are watching

Harassment Sexual Orientation or Disability. The bill adds physical or mental disability and sexual orientation to the categories described in the harassment statute to make the statute consistent with Colorado’s law concerning bias-motivated crimes. Nothing Scheduled

Demographic Notes for Certain Legislative Bills. Nothing Scheduled

Construction Defect Actions Notice Vote Approval. The bill requires that, before the executive board of a unit owners’ association (HOA) in a common interest community brings suit against a developer or builder on behalf of unit owners, the board must notify all unit owners; and except when the HOA contracted with the developer or builder for the work complained of or the amount in controversy is less than $100,000, obtain the approval of a majority of the unit owners after giving them detailed disclosures about the lawsuit and its potential costs and benefits.
The bill also limits the amount and type of contact that a developer or builder that is potentially subject to a lawsuit may have with individual unit owners while the HOA is seeking their approval for the lawsuit. Business Labor & Technology, Nothing scheduled

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, Mar 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, 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, Feb 20th, 2:00pm, SCR 354

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, Mar 2nd, 2:30p, Room 271

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 23rd, 1:30p, SCR 354

Treasure’s authority to access PERA information. The bill authorizes the state treasurer, in his or her capacity as a member of the board of trustees and in furtherance of his or her fiduciary duties and obligations to the members and benefit recipients of PERA, to review all records or information within the custody and control of PERA. Veterans & Military Affairs, Mar 1st, Room LSB-A

Continue Low-income Household Energy Assistance. This bill continues energy-related assistance to low-income households. Appropriations, Nothing Scheduled

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, Mar 2nd, 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 21st, Third Reading, Final Passage

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 21st, Final Passage, House Chamber

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. 6th, 1:30p, Room LSB-A

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. 21st, Second Reading of Bills.

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
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.  Transportation & Energy, Nothing scheduled

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, 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, Mar 7th, Room 0107

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 22nd, 2:00p, Room 354

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

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 22nd, Second Reading

Cap Employer Contribution Rates for PERA (Public Employees’ Retirement Association.) Finance, Mar 1st, 1:30p, LSB Hearing Room A

Improve Medicaid Client Correspondence. Ensure due process is being followed. Health & Human Services, Nothing Scheduled

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, Second Reading

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, Feb 27th, 2:00p, Room 271

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, Feb 27th, 2:00p Room 271

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. 21st, 2:00p, Senate Room 357

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– Steve

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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