Pro 15 Health and Human Services





BILL HB18-1207

Partner Positions:
Position: Monitor

Short Title: Hospital Financial Transparency Measures

The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing (department), in consultation with the Colorado healthcare affordability and sustainability enterprise board, to develop and prepare an annual report detailing uncompensated hospital costs and the different categories of expenditures made by general hospitals in the state (hospital expenditure report). In compiling the hospital expenditure report, the department shall use publicly available data sources whenever possible. Each general hospital in the state is required to make available to the department certain information, including:

The hospital expenditure report must include, but not be limited to:

The department is required to submit the hospital expenditure report to the governor, specified committees of the general assembly, and the medical services board in the department. The department is also directed to post the hospital expenditure report on the department's website.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
2/5/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
3/8/2018 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/13/2018 House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/18/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
4/30/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-02-05


BILL HB18-1211


Partner Positions:
Position: Monitor

Short Title: Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

The bill establishes the medicaid fraud control unit (unit) in the department of law. The unit is responsible for investigation and prosecution of medicaid fraud and waste, as well as patient abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Prior to initiating a criminal prosecution, the unit must consult with the district attorney of the judicial district where the prosecution would be initiated. The department of health care policy and financing is authorized to require medicaid providers to include information about reporting medicaid fraud to the unit in any explanation of benefits provided to a medicaid beneficiary.

The bill creates offenses related to making false statements on applications, medicaid fraud, and credit and recovery of medicaid payments. The bill makes it unlawful to receive certain kickbacks, bribes, and rebates related to the administration of a medicaid service. Actions brought under the provisions of the bill must commence within 3 years after the discovery of the offense, but no later than six years after the commission of the offense.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
2/5/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/15/2018 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/20/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/21/2018 - No Amendments
3/21/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/22/2018 - No Amendments
3/22/2018 House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/23/2018 - No Amendments
3/23/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/26/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/26/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/29/2018 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/4/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/5/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/17/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/19/2018 Sent to the Governor
4/19/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/25/2018 Governor Signed

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-02-05

Amendments


BILL HB18-1311


Partner Positions:

Short Title: Single Geographic Rating Area Individual Health Plan

Under current law, health insurers are permitted to consider the geographic location of the policyholder when establishing health insurance rates for individual and group insurance plans.

For an individual health plan issued, amended, or renewed on or after January 1, 2019, the bill prohibits a health insurer from considering the geographic location of the policyholder when establishing rates for the plan, thereby creating a single geographic rating area consisting of the entire state for purposes of all individual health benefit plans.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)



Status
3/21/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment + Finance + Appropriations
4/19/2018 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-03-21


BILL HB18-1357


Partner Positions:

Short Title: Behavioral Health Care Ombudsperson Parity Reports

Section 1 of the bill establishes an office of the ombudsman for behavioral health access to care as an independent office within the office of the executive director of the department of human services to assist Coloradans in accessing behavioral health care.

Section 3 requires the commissioner of insurance to report on issues related to mental health parity requirements.

$85,695 is appropriated from the general fund to the department of human services to use for the office of the ombudsman for behavioral health access to care, and $8,355 is appropriated from the division of insurance cash fund to the division of insurance to implement the bill.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
4/4/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
4/17/2018 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/30/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/30/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/1/2018 House Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/1/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
5/3/2018 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/3/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/3/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/4/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed with Amendments - Floor
5/4/2018 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/16/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/16/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/24/2018 Governor Signed

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-04-04

Amendments


BILL SB18-132


Partner Positions: Some concern that this could further destabilize the AFCA
Position: Monitor

Short Title: 1332 State Waiver Catastrophic Health Plans

The bill requires the commissioner of insurance to conduct an actuarial analysis to determine if the sale of catastrophic health plans to Colorado residents 30 years of age and older and not meeting a hardship requirement would result in a reduction in advanced premium tax credits received by Colorado residents or increase the average premiums of individual health plans. If the actuarial analysis demonstrates that there would not be a reduction in advanced premiums tax credits or an increase in average premiums of individual health plans, the commissioner shall apply to the secretary of the United States department of health and human services for a 5-year waiver of the federal law restricting catastrophic health plans offered through the Colorado health benefit exchange. The waiver, if approved, would permit the offering of catastrophic health plans to any individual residing in Colorado rather than only individuals under the age of 30 or meeting a hardship requirement. Catastrophic health plans under the waiver must only be sold through the health benefit exchange and would not be eligible for advanced premium tax credits. If the waiver is denied, the statutory section is repealed.

The bill appropriates $9,200 to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the division of insurance for personal services.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
1/29/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/15/2018 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/27/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/1/2018 Senate Second Reading Laid Over to 03/05/2018 - No Amendments
3/5/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/6/2018 Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 03/08/2018 - No Amendments
3/8/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/12/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health, Insurance, & Environment
4/3/2018 House Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/11/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/12/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/17/2018 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/18/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2018 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
4/25/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/26/2018 Sent to the Governor
4/26/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/3/2018 Governor Signed

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-01-29

Amendments


BILL SB18-250


Partner Positions:

Short Title: Jail-based Behavioral Health Services

The bill continues to allow the correctional treatment cash fund to be used to provide treatment for persons with mental and behavioral health disorders who are being served through the jail-based behavioral health services program (program). The program is housed in the office of behavioral health (office). The purpose of the program is to provide adequate staff to complete competency and behavioral health screenings, prescribe psychiatric medications as necessary, and provide mental health counseling, substance use disorder treatment, and transitional care coordination; train jail staff on behavioral health disorders and best practices in working with individuals with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders; and fund administrative costs to jails participating in the program. The office shall prioritize jails with minimal behavioral health services, including rural and frontier jails. Jails that are participating in the program shall, at a minimum:



Status
4/17/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/30/2018 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/1/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/2/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/3/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
5/3/2018 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/4/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/4/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/7/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/7/2018 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/15/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/16/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/6/2018 Governor Signed

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-04-17

Amendments


BILL SB18-251


Partner Positions:

Short Title: Statewide Behavioral Health Court Liaison Program

The bill establishes in the office of the state court administrator (office) a statewide behavioral health court liaison program (program). The purpose of the program is to identify and dedicate local behavioral health professionals as court liaisons (court liaisons) in each state judicial district to facilitate communication and collaboration among judicial, health care, and behavioral health systems. The office shall administer the program and establish procedures, timelines, and funding guidelines for the program. Program funding must be allocated to judicial districts based on case volume, geographical complexity, and density of need. Specific duties of the court liaisons are outlined, as well as reporting requirements.


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
4/17/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
4/30/2018 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/1/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/2/2018 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/3/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
5/3/2018 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/4/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/4/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/7/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/7/2018 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/16/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/17/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/17/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/6/2018 Governor Signed

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-04-17

Amendments


BILL SB18-254


Partner Positions:

Short Title: Child Welfare Reforms

Joint Budget Committee. The bill addresses numerous reforms to the funding structure for the state's child welfare services.

Section 1 of the bill clarifies the types of child welfare services that must be available and provided, as necessary and appropriate, by county departments of human or social services (county departments).

Sections 2 and 7 of the bill eliminate the option for county departments to maintain unspent general fund money from the child welfare services block allocation if they participate in the collaborative management program or the integrated care management program.

Section 3 of the bill adds a statutory definition of and citation to the federal 'Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018'.

Section 4 of the bill creates a program in the child welfare system for residential out-of-home placements for children and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Section 5 of the bill:

Section 6 of the bill:

Section 8 of the bill creates the delivery of child welfare services task force.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)



Status
4/17/2018 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Appropriations
4/24/2018 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/26/2018 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/27/2018 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/27/2018 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public Health Care & Human Services
5/1/2018 House Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/2/2018 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/4/2018 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/7/2018 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/15/2018 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/16/2018 Sent to the Governor
5/16/2018 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/18/2018 Governor Signed

Fiscal Note


Date Introduced: 2018-04-17

Amendments