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Bill # CBHC Bill SummaryCBHC ContactPositionCalendar NotificationShort TitleBill SummaryMost Recent StatusFiscal Note StatusHouse SponsorsSenate Sponsors
HB21-1005   NOT ON CALENDARHealth Care Services Reserve Corps Task Force  The bill creates the health care services reserve corps task force (task force) in the department of public health and environment. The purpose of the task force is to evaluate and make recommendations on the creation of a health care services reserve corps program (program), in which medical professionals could cross-train to be able to serve the state in an emergency or disaster and receive student loan relief for their service. The task force is required to consider and make findings and recommendations on issues including: The types of medical professionals who could participate in a health care services reserve corps program, including how to ensure an appropriate cross section of providers; The types of emergencies and disasters for which the program could prepare and provide assistance, and whether the program could be deployed out of state; Any legal or regulatory obstacles to creating such a program; Liability protections for professionals and facilities participating in the program; Whether the program could be streamlined or integrated with existing programs or procedures; The types and hours of training that would be required; How to ensure the program and cross-training are accessible to rural medical professionals; The costs associated with the program; Issues related to insurance coverage and reimbursement; How the health care services reserve corps would be deployed; and The amount, terms of, and funding for the student loan relief that participants would receive. The task force is required to consult with medical and nursing schools in making recommendations related to the cross-training elements of the program. The task force is authorized to consult with additional stakeholders with expertise in identifying the physical and mental health needs of Coloradans or in coordinating emergency response at the local, state, or federal level to identify additional questions for future consideration by the program. The task force is required to submit a report with its findings and recommendations to the house public health care and human services committee and the senate health and human services committee by December 1, 2023. The task force is required to meet at least once every 2 months. Task force members serve without compensation and are not eligible for reimbursement for expenses. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)  2/24/2021 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal impact for this bill Mullica and Caraveo- Garcia-- 
HB21-1050   NOT ON CALENDARWorkers' Compensation  The bill: Adds guardian ad litem and conservator services to the list of medical aid that an employer is required to furnish to an employee who is incapacitated as a result of a work-related injury or occupational disease ( section 1 of the bill); Requires an injured worker who is claiming mileage reimbursement for travel related to obtaining compensable medical care to submit a request to the employer or insurer within 120 days after the expense is incurred, and requires the employer or insurer to pay or dispute mileage within 30 days after submittal and to include in the brochure of claimants' rights an explanation of rights to mileage reimbursement and the deadline for filing a request ( sections 1 and 7 ); Clarifies that offsets to disability benefits granted by the federal "Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Amendments of 1965" only apply if the payments were not already being received by the employee at the time of the work-related injury ( section 2 ); Prohibits the reduction of an employee's temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, or medical benefits based on apportionment under any circumstances; limits apportionment of permanent impairment to specific situations; and declares that the employer or insurer bears the burden of proof, by a preponderance of the evidence, at a hearing regarding apportionment of permanent impairment or permanent total disability benefits ( section 3 ); Adds the following conditions that must be met for an employer or insurer to request the selection of an independent medical examiner when an authorized treating physician has not determined that the employee has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI): An examining physician must have examined the employee at least 20 months after the date of the injury, have determined that the employee has reached MMI, and have served a written report to the authorized treating physician specifying that the examining physician has determined that the employee has reached MMI; and the authorized treating physician must have responded that the employee has not reached MMI or must have failed to respond within 15 days after service of the report ( section 4 ); Changes the whole person impairment rating applicable to an injured worker from 25% to 19% for purposes of determining the maximum amount of combined temporary disability and permanent partial disability payments an injured worker may receive ( section 5 ); Clarifies when benefits and penalties payable to an injured worker are deemed paid ( section 6 ); Prohibits an employer or insurer from withdrawing an admission of liability when 2 years or more have passed since the date the admission of liability on the issue of compensability was filed, except in cases of fraud ( section 7 ); Prohibits the director of the division of workers' compensation or an administrative law judge from determining issues of compensability or liability unless specific benefits or penalties are awarded or denied at the same time ( section 8 ); Clarifies the scope of authority of prehearing administrative law judges ( section 9 ); Increases the threshold amount that an injured worker must earn in order for permanent total disability payments to cease and allows for annual adjustment of the threshold amount starting in 2022 ( section 11 ); and Clarifies the orders that are subject to review or appeal ( sections 10 and 12 ).(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)  2/24/2021 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal impact for this bill Gray and Van Winkle- Bridges and Cooke-- 
HB21-1111   NOT ON CALENDARConsent Collection Personal Information  The bill requires a governmental entity that maintains, owns, or licenses computerized data that includes certain personal information about any Colorado residents, or a governmental entity that uses a third-party service provider to maintain computerized data that includes certain personal information, to give notice to those Colorado residents every 90 days. The notice must give Colorado residents the option to either assent to the governmental entity possessing the Colorado resident's personal information or request that the governmental entity dispose of any paper or electronic documents containing the Colorado resident's personal identifying information. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)  2/16/2021 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs + Finance
Fiscal note currently unavailable McKean- -- 
SB21-022   NOT ON CALENDARNotification Requirements For Health Care Policy And Financing Audit  The bill requires that, prior to initiating a review or audit of a medicaid provider, a reviewer or auditor shall confirm receipt of the written request to perform the audit or review. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)  2/17/2021 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
Fiscal impact for this bill Snyder and McKean- Bridges and Smallwood-- 
SB21-039   Wednesday, March 3 2021
SENATE BUSINESS, LABOR, & TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
1:30 PM SCR 352
(1) in senate calendar.  
Elimination Of Subminimum Wage Employment  The bill phases out subminimum wage employment for employers that hold a special certificate from the United States department of labor that authorizes the employers to pay less than the minimum wage to employees whose earning capacity is impaired by age, physical or mental disability, or injury. The bill requires each employer that holds a special certificate to submit a transition plan to the Colorado department of labor and employment detailing how the employer plans to phase out subminimum wage employment. The bill requires the employment first advisory partnership in the Colorado department of labor and employment (partnership) to: Develop actionable recommendations to address structural and fiscal barriers to phasing out subminimum wage employment and successfully implementing competitive integrated employment; and Report the recommendations to the general assembly. The bill continues operation of the partnership, which is scheduled to repeal on July 1, 2021, indefinitely. The bill requires the department of health care policy and financing to add employment-related services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)  2/16/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
Fiscal impact for this bill Caraveo and Pelton- Zenzinger and Hisey-- 
SB21-129   Tuesday, March 9 2021
SENATE STATE, VETERANS, & MILITARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
2:00 PM Old Supreme Court
(4) in senate calendar.  
Veteran Suicide Prevention Pilot Program  The bill requires the state department of human services (department) to establish a veteran suicide prevention pilot program (pilot program) to reduce the suicide rate and suicidal ideation among veterans by providing no-cost, stigma-free, confidential, and effective behavioral health treatment for post-9/11 veterans and their families. The department is permitted to enter into an agreement with a nonprofit organization to administer the pilot program. The department is required to include information about the pilot program in its annual report to the general assembly. The pilot program is repealed June 30, 2025.(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)  2/25/2021 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
Fiscal note currently unavailable Ortiz- Garcia--