2022 Legislative Session
Bill Tracking

HB22-1068 Medicaid Reimbursement For Therapy Using Equines 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Medicaid Reimbursement For Therapy Using Equines
Sponsors: K. McCormick (D) | M. Lynch (R) / S. Jaquez Lewis (D)
Summary:

Subject to federal authorization and federal financial participation, on or after January 1, 2023 July 1, 2024 , medicaid reimbursement is available for therapy using equine movement when provided by a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, or a speech-language pathologist.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 1/18/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
2/1/2022 House Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/15/2022 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/16/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/17/2022 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/21/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
3/30/2022 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/19/2022 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/19/2022 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/20/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/26/2022 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/31/2022 Sent to the Governor
5/31/2022 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/2/2022 Signed by Governor
6/2/2022 Governor Signed
Amendments: Amendments

HB22-1081 Reestablish Sunrise Sunset Review Committee 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Reestablish Sunrise Sunset Review Committee
Sponsors: R. Holtorf (R) / C. Simpson (R)
Summary:

Current law requires a legislative committee of reference to hold a hearing on whether to continue or terminate the existence of each division, board, agency, or advisory committee that is subject to sunset review. The bill reestablishes the committee for sunrise and sunset review (committee) and requires this committee to hold the hearings instead.

The committee consists of 6 legislators, appointed as follows:

  • 2 members appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives;
  • 2 members appointed by the senate president;
  • One member appointed by the house of representatives minority leader; and
  • One member appointed by the senate minority leader.

The committee is also responsible for:

  • Reviewing proposals to regulate a new professional or occupational group; and
  • Reviewing each bill introduced during the legislative session that creates a new advisory committee, which includes committees, boards, and commissions.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/19/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
2/17/2022 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Postpone Indefinitely
Amendments:

HB22-1098 Department Of Regulatory Agencies Barriers To Practice Regulated Professions 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Department Of Regulatory Agencies Barriers To Practice Regulated Professions
Sponsors: S. Bird (D) | J. Bacon (D) / L. Liston (R) | J. Coleman (D)
Summary:

The bill requires the director of the division of professions and occupations (director) in the department of regulatory agencies (division) to complete an audit of the regulated professions and occupations and the regulation of various professions and occupations by regulators of a specific profession or occupation (regulator) to determine what barriers exist for licensing, certification, and registration of individuals with criminal history records and report the findings to the general assembly.

The bill limits the authority of a regulator to deny a license, certification, or registration based on an applicant's criminal history record to circumstances when the regulator determines that the applicant's criminal history record jeopardizes the applicant's ability to competently, safely, and honestly practice the regulated profession or occupation as authorized under the applicable practice act or issuance of the credential would not serve public safety or commercial or consumer protection interests. A regulator is required to specify the reasons for any denial based on a criminal history record.

The bill allows a regulator to grant a conditional license, certification, or registration to an applicant if the regulator determines that the applicant will have appropriate oversight provided by the applicant's employer.

Upon request of an individual with a criminal history record, the bill requires a regulator to issue a pre-determination letter to the individual advising the individual if the criminal history may prevent the individual from receiving a license, certification, or registration to practice an occupation or profession. A regulator may charge a reasonable fee for the pre-determination letter.

The director is required to compile de-identified information regarding the reasons why a license, certification, or registration was denied and make this information available to the public on the division's website.

The bill requires state and local agencies responsible for issuing occupational or professional credentials (occupational agency), before making a final determination that an applicant's criminal conviction disqualifies the applicant from receiving a license, certification, permit, or registration, to provide a written notice to the applicant specifying the reason for the disqualification and the right of the applicant to submit additional evidence for the occupational agency to consider before making a final determination. A final determination to disqualify an applicant based on a criminal conviction must be issued in writing and include notice of the applicant's right to appeal the determination and the earliest date on which the applicant may reapply.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 1/20/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
2/17/2022 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Amended to Finance
2/28/2022 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/11/2022 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/14/2022 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/15/2022 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/16/2022 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/18/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
3/30/2022 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/8/2022 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/8/2022 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/11/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/19/2022 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/19/2022 Sent to the Governor
5/19/2022 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/25/2022 Signed by Governor
5/25/2022 Governor Signed
Amendments: Amendments

HB22-1138 Reduce Employee Single-occupancy Vehicle Trips 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Reduce Employee Single-occupancy Vehicle Trips
Sponsors: M. Gray (D) | L. Herod (D) / F. Winter (D) | C. Hansen (D)
Summary:

For income tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, but before January 1, 2030, the bill creates an income tax credit (tax credit) for any employer that:

  • Creates a clean commuting plan to implement strategies to increase the use of alternative transportation options and reduce the number of measurable vehicle miles driven by its employees in single-occupancy vehicles when commuting to and from their work site (clean commuting plan) for the purpose of reducing automobile-related air pollution, traffic congestion, and transportation costs, particularly for essential workers and workers earning under $40,000 per year;
  • Conducts an employer commuter survey to determine how its employees commute to and from their work site; and
  • Offers 2 or more alternative transportation options to some or all of its employees in furtherance of the employer's clean commuting plan.

The amount of the tax credit is 50% of the amount spent by the employer to provide alternative transportation options to some or all of its employees.

In addition, the bill requires the executive director of the department of transportation (director), in coordination with the Colorado energy office and metropolitan planning organizations, to create an annual commuter survey for employers to use to determine how their employees commute to and from their work site. The director and the Colorado energy office are required to determine the content of the commuter survey and the form and manner in which the commuter survey will be completed and returned to the department of transportation.

Beginning in specified calendar years, in an effort to reduce the number of employees who commute to and from their work site in a single-occupancy vehicle, employers with over 100 employees are required to:

  • Annually conduct a commuter survey of its employees and submit the completed commuter surveys to the department of transportation by April 30 of the year in which the survey was conducted;
  • Offer its employees qualified transportation fringe benefits allowed pursuant to federal law;
  • Offer its employees commuter choice information in electronic or hard copy format and update the information every 6 months; and
  • Offer a cash allowance in lieu of a parking space under certain circumstances.

The bill requires that any private sector employer that wishes to claim the tax credit participate in the employer commuter survey and submit the results of the survey to the department by April 30 of the year in which the survey is conducted, even if the employer's participation in the commuter survey is not otherwise required.

For the 2023-24 state fiscal year, and for each state fiscal year thereafter through the 2029-30 state fiscal year, of the money allocated to the transportation commission for state multimodal projects from the multimodal transportation and mitigation options fund, the transportation commission is required to allocate $250,000 to each of the transportation management associations and transportation management organizations operating in a nonattainment area for the purposes of assisting employers in creating a clean commuting plan and complying with the requirements of the bill.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/4/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
2/28/2022 House Committee on Finance Postpone Indefinitely
Amendments:

HB22-1152 Prohibit Employer Adverse Action Marijuana Use 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Prohibit Employer Adverse Action Marijuana Use
Sponsors: E. Hooton (D)
Summary:

The bill prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against an employee, including an applicant for employment, who engages in the use of:

  • Medical marijuana on the premises of the employer during working hours; or
  • Retail or medical marijuana off the premises of the employer during nonworking hours.

An employer is permitted to impose restrictions on employee use of medical or retail marijuana under specified circumstances.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/4/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
3/24/2022 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Postpone Indefinitely
Amendments:

HB22-1167 Temporary Proxy Medical Decision-makers 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Temporary Proxy Medical Decision-makers
Sponsors: M. Bradfield (R)
Summary:

The bill grants a supervising health-care provider or health-care facility the authority to identify and select a temporary proxy decision-maker (temporary proxy) to make emergency medical treatment decisions for an adult patient who has been determined, by the patient's attending physician, to lack decisional capacity to make informed consent to or refusal of medical treatments. The temporary proxy is to be utilized only in emergency circumstances when an otherwise legally authorized proxy decision-maker cannot be located. The bill outlines guidelines for selecting the temporary proxy and when the authority of the temporary proxy terminates.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 2/4/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
2/22/2022 House Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely
Amendments:

HB22-1213 Sunset Continue Regulation Speech-language Pathologists 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Sunset Continue Regulation Speech-language Pathologists
Sponsors: M. Young (D) | A. Pico (R) / J. Buckner (D)
Summary:

Sunset Process - House Public and Behavioral Health and Human Services Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies (department), as specified in the department's sunset review of the "Speech-language Pathology Practice Act", as follows:

  • Continues the practice act for 11 years, until September 1, 2033;
  • Allows the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department to extend a provisional certification beyond 24 months; and
  • Specifies that insurance fraud and abuse are grounds for discipline.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 2/8/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
3/1/2022 House Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Finance
3/14/2022 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
3/23/2022 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/23/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/24/2022 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/25/2022 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/29/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/4/2022 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/12/2022 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/12/2022 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/13/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/14/2022 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/16/2022 Sent to the Governor
5/16/2022 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/31/2022 Signed by Governor
5/31/2022 Governor Signed
Amendments:

HB22-1226 Sunset Massage Therapists 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Sunset Massage Therapists
Sponsors: K. Tipper (D) | T. Carver (R) / S. Jaquez Lewis (D) | J. Cooke (R)
Summary:

Sunset Process - House Judiciary Committee. The bill implements the recommendations of the department of regulatory agencies' (department) sunset review and report on the licensing of massage therapists by:

  • Continuing the licensing requirements for 9 years, until September 1, 2031 ( sections 1 and 2 of the bill);
  • Granting sole discretion to the director of the division of professions and occupations to approve the licensure examination for massage therapists by repealing the reference to national licensure examinations as an option for massage therapist applicants to take in lieu of another examination approved by the director ( section 3 ); and
  • Adding, as grounds for disciplining a massage therapist:
  • Engaging in fraud, misrepresentation, deception, or cheating in taking or furnishing the results of a required examination or having the person's score on the examination invalidated by the testing provider because the person was determined to have cheated or engaged in fraud, misrepresentation, or deception in taking the examination ( section 4 ). and
  • Failing to timely respond to a complaint against the massage therapist ( section 4 ).

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 2/11/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/2/2022 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
3/7/2022 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
3/8/2022 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/11/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
3/24/2022 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/29/2022 Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/7/2022 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/8/2022 Sent to the Governor
4/8/2022 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/12/2022 Governor Signed
Amendments: Amendments

HB22-1240 Mandatory Reporters 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Mandatory Reporters
Sponsors: M. Froelich (D) | M. Young (D) / R. Fields (D) | C. Simpson (R)
Summary:

The bill creates the mandatory reporter task force (task force). The purpose of the task force is to analyze best practices and recommend changes to training materials and reporting procedures for people required by law to report child abuse or neglect.

The task force shall analyze issues, including :

  • The effectiveness of mandatory reporting and its relationship with systemic issues, including the disproportionate impact of mandatory reporting on families of color and under-resourced communities under-resourced communities, communities of color, and persons with disabilities;
  • The definition of "immediately" and how reporting time frames affect mandatory reporters from different professions;
  • Reporting time frames for mandatory reporters who are creating a safety plan for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking to ensure the safety of the victim and the victim's family members while creating the safety plan;
  • Medical child abuse and the process to report medical child abuse;
  • A reporting process for 2 or more mandatory reporters to report child abuse or neglect who have joint knowledge or joint reasonable cause to make a report of child abuse or neglect; and
  • Whether institutions that employ mandatory reporters may develop procedures to assist mandatory reporters in meeting reporting requirements.

The task force may propose clarifications to the law to help implement its recommendations. The task force operates for 2 years. The task force shall submit a final report on its findings and recommendations on January 1, 2025, to the house of representatives public and behavioral health and human services committee and the senate health and human services committee, or their successor committees, the governor, and the department of human services.

The bill appropriates $97,500 from the general fund to the judicial department for use by the office of the child protection ombudsman for program costs.The bill also updates mandatory reporting requirements and procedures for people required to report child abuse or neglect (mandatory reporters). The updates include:

  • Changing the time frame for reporting child abuse or neglect from "immediately" to "within 24 hours";
  • Requiring reporting on unlawful sexual behavior;
  • Requiring employers to notify and to provide materials to their employees regarding mandatory reporter responsibilities; and
  • Changing the mental state of a person who violates the mandatory reporter provision from "willfully" to "knowingly".

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 2/16/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
3/2/2022 House Committee on Judiciary Witness Testimony and/or Committee Discussion Only
3/22/2022 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/28/2022 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
4/28/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/29/2022 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/29/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary
5/3/2022 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/6/2022 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/6/2022 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/9/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/26/2022 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/31/2022 Sent to the Governor
5/31/2022 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/2/2022 Signed by Governor
6/2/2022 Governor Signed
Amendments: Amendments

HB22-1263 Sunset Continue Licensure Of Acupuncturists 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Sunset Continue Licensure Of Acupuncturists
Sponsors: C. Kennedy (D) / J. Buckner (D)
Summary:

Sunset Process - House Health and Insurance Committee. The bill makes changes to the acupuncturists' practice act, including the changes recommended by the department of regulatory agencies' (department) sunset review and report on the licensing of acupuncturists, by:

  • Continuing the licensing requirements for 11 years, until September 1, 2033;
  • Authorizing the director of the division of professions and occupations (director) in the department to impose administrative fines as a disciplinary action;
  • Requiring final actions of the director to be appealed directly to the court of appeals;
  • Modernizing the definition of "acupuncturist" so that it only includes persons licensed under the acupuncturist practice act and modernizing the titles and designations protected for use by licensed acupuncturists;
  • Authorizing an acupuncturist to supervise unlicensed acupuncture aides in the performance of specific tasks as determined by rule of the director and directing the director to adopt rules specifying the tasks that may be performed by acupuncture aides, the training and supervision required, and the number of acupuncture aides that an acupuncturist may supervise;
  • Updating the term "oriental", in references to the methods and concepts of acupuncture, with more modern terminology;
  • Requiring each acupuncturist to devise a plan for the safe storage, security, and disposal of patient records;
  • Requiring each applicant for acupuncturist licensure to pass an examination approved by the director;
  • Repealing the reference to the specific national organization that establishes standards for auricular acudetox training and allowing the director to designate a national organization;
  • Updating the grounds for discipline of an acupuncturist relating to the use or abuse of alcohol, habit-forming drugs, and controlled substances to align with other regulated professions;
  • Adding as a grounds for discipline the failure to respond to a complaint filed against the acupuncturist in an honest, responsive, and timely manner; and
  • Authorizing the director to adopt rules to establish the appropriate use of telehealth to provide acupuncture services.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status: 2/24/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
3/16/2022 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Finance
3/28/2022 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/5/2022 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/5/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/6/2022 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/7/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
4/20/2022 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
4/25/2022 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/25/2022 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/26/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/25/2022 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/25/2022 Sent to the Governor
5/25/2022 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/26/2022 Governor Signed
Amendments: Amendments

HB22-1347 Workers' Compensation Updates 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Workers' Compensation Updates
Sponsors: L. Daugherty (D) / R. Rodriguez (D)
Summary:

The bill amends the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado" by:

  • Creating a process for a claimant to receive advance payment for mileage expenses for travel that is reasonably necessary and related to obtaining compensable treatment, supplies, or services;
  • Specifying how to determine the benefit amount for medical impairment when the amount payable using the schedule of injuries would exceed the amount payable for nonscheduled injuries;
  • Increasing the benefit payable for funeral and burial expenses; and
  • Requiring reporting of active medical treatments necessary to cure and relieve an injury lasting for a period of more than 180 calendar days after the date of the injury.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/28/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Business Affairs & Labor
4/13/2022 House Committee on Business Affairs & Labor Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/14/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
4/18/2022 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/19/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
4/27/2022 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
4/28/2022 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
4/29/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/2/2022 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/10/2022 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/3/2022 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/6/2022 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/6/2022 Sent to the Governor
6/8/2022 Signed by Governor
6/8/2022 Governor Signed
Amendments: Amendments

HB22-1354 Protecting Injured Workers' Mental Health Records 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Protecting Injured Workers' Mental Health Records
Sponsors: M. Lindsay | D. Michaelson Jenet (D) / F. Winter (D)
Summary:

The bill clarifies provisions in the "Workers' Compensation Act of Colorado" (act) relating to the release and disclosure of mental health records pertaining to an injured employee making a claim under the act (claimant).

The bill:

  • Defines "mental health records" as psychological or psychiatric intake evaluation or progress notes or psychiatric independent medical examination and division independent medical examination records pertaining to a claimant psychological or psychiatric tests, including neuropsychological testing; other records prepared by or for a mental health provider; independent medical examination records, audio recordings, and reports that address psychological or psychiatric issues; division independent medical evaluation records and reports that address psychological or psychiatric issues; and records relating to the evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment of a substance use or abuse disorder;
  • Requires a mental health provider to provide an insurer or employer, if self-insured, with mental health records, as necessary for payment, adjustment, and adjudication of claims involving psychological or psychiatric issues; to the referring physician; and to any other relevant treating or evaluating providers;
  • Prohibits the disclosure of mental health records to any person who is not directly involved in adjusting or adjudicating claims reasonably necessary for the medical evaluation, adjustment, or adjudication of claims involving psychological or psychiatric issues, without the consent of the mental health provider or claimant unless otherwise directed by order of the director of the division of workers' compensation (director) or an administrative law judge;
  • Prohibits Permits an insurer from releasing to release information from a claimant's mental health records to the claimant's employer concerning work restrictions and information necessary for the adjustment or adjudication of the claim, but prohibits the disclosure of the claimant's actual mental health records to third parties that do not need the information; and
  • Limits an insurer's disclosure of a claimant's mental health records to an employer, supervisor, or manager to only information from the mental health records pertaining to work restrictions placed on the claimant; and
  • For a self-insured employer:
  • Requires the employer to keep a claimant's mental health records separate from personnel files;
  • Limits disclosure of the claimant's mental health records to a supervisor or manager to only information from the mental health records pertaining to work restrictions placed on the claimant; and
  • Prohibits disclosure of the claimant's mental health records to any third party and redisclosure by the third party to any person who is not directly involved in adjusting or adjudicating claims involving psychological or psychiatric issues, without the consent of the treating mental health provider or claimant unless the disclosure is otherwise ordered by the director or an administrative law judge .

The bill requires the director of the division to promulgate rules necessary for the implementation of the bill.

The bill requires a person providing mental health services under the act to be a licensed mental health provider. in the state.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 3/31/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services
4/12/2022 House Committee on Public & Behavioral Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
4/21/2022 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
4/21/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
4/22/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
4/25/2022 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
4/25/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
5/2/2022 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/3/2022 Senate Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/4/2022 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/5/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/9/2022 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Laid Over Daily
5/10/2022 House Considered Senate Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
6/1/2022 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/1/2022 Signed by the President of the Senate
6/1/2022 Sent to the Governor
6/8/2022 Signed by Governor
6/8/2022 Governor Signed
Amendments: Amendments

SB22-040 Actuarial Reviews Health Insurance Mandate Legislation 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Actuarial Reviews Health Insurance Mandate Legislation
Sponsors: J. Smallwood (R) | F. Winter (D) / P. Will (R) | S. Lontine (D)
Summary:

The bill requires the division of insurance (division), to retain a contractor on or before November 1, 2022, to retain by contract one or more entities that have experience in actuarial reviews for the purpose of performing actuarial reviews of proposed legislation legislative proposals that may impose a new health benefit mandate on health benefit plans or reduce or eliminate coverage mandated under health benefit plans . The contractor contractors , under the direction of the division, shall conduct an actuarial review of up to 5 6 legislative proposals. for each regular legislative session, each at the request of a member of the general assembly. Each actuarial review performed by the contractor must consider the predicted effects of the legislative proposal during the 5 and 10 years immediately following the effective date of the proposed legislation, or during another time period following the effective date if such consideration is more actuarially feasible, including specifically described considerations.

In preparing a fiscal note for any legislative proposal that may impose a new health benefit mandate on health benefit plans, the legislative service agency charged with preparing the fiscal note shall either: include a statement that a report has been prepared by the contractors for the legislative proposal and an indication of how the report may be obtained in its entirety.

  • Include in the fiscal note information that is produced by the contractor in review of the legislative proposal; or
  • If no information is produced by the contractor in review of the legislative proposal, indicate such fact in the fiscal note.

For the 2022-23 state fiscal year, the bill appropriates $100,000 from the division of insurance cash fund to the department of regulatory agencies for use by the division of insurance as follows:

  • $50,000 for personal services; and
  • $50,000 for operating expenses.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 1/14/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Finance
2/23/2022 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/2/2022 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/2/2022 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/3/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
5/4/2022 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/9/2022 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/9/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/10/2022 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/18/2022 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/18/2022 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/18/2022 Sent to the Governor
6/8/2022 Signed by Governor
6/8/2022 Governor Signed
Amendments: Amendments

SB22-068 Provider Tool To View All-payer Claims Database 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Provider Tool To View All-payer Claims Database
Sponsors: R. Rodriguez (D) | C. Kolker (D) / S. Lontine (D) | D. Woog (R)
Summary:

The bill requires the administrator (administrator) of the all-payer health claims database (database) to create a tool to facilitate the review of certain health claims reimbursement data that are included in the all-payer health claims database.

The bill includes minimum requirements for the design of the tool, including how the information will be displayed and searchable by users of the tool.

The bill requires the administrator, subject to available appropriations, to update the tool at least annually.

For the 2022-23 state fiscal year, to implement the bill, the bill appropriates $155,250 from the general fund to the department of health care policy and financing for use by the executive director's office for the all-payer claims database.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 1/19/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Business, Labor, & Technology
2/7/2022 Senate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Refer Amended to Appropriations
3/11/2022 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
3/11/2022 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
3/14/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/14/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
5/2/2022 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/4/2022 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/4/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
5/6/2022 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/10/2022 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/18/2022 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/18/2022 Signed by the Speaker of the House
5/18/2022 Sent to the Governor
5/27/2022 Signed by Governor
5/27/2022 Governor Signed
Amendments: Amendments

SB22-076 Complaint Occupational License Official Acts 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Complaint Occupational License Official Acts
Sponsors: C. Holbert (R) / K. Mullica (D)
Summary:

The bill directs the agency that regulates an occupation to dismiss a an anonymous complaint that is lodged against the holder of an occupational license, certification, or registration if the complaint is based on words said or actions taken as:

  • An elected official of Colorado or a political subdivision of Colorado; or
  • A member of a board or commission of Colorado or a political subdivision of Colorado.

If the same type of complaint is submitted, but not anonymously, the department is authorized to dismiss the complaint. The subject of the complaint need not respond or provide evidence for the complaint to be dismissed.An exception is added for words said to or actions committed for a specific person when the license, certificate, or registration holder is speaking or acting as a member of the occupation.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 1/19/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs
2/8/2022 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Lay Over Amended
2/17/2022 Senate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/23/2022 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/24/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/25/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs
3/21/2022 House Committee on State, Civic, Military, & Veterans Affairs Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
3/23/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
3/24/2022 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
3/25/2022 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
3/30/2022 Signed by the President of the Senate
4/1/2022 Signed by the Speaker of the House
4/1/2022 Sent to the Governor
4/7/2022 Governor Signed
Amendments: Amendments

SB22-078 Prior Authorization Exemption Health-care Provider 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 11 2022
SPECIAL ORDERS - SECOND READING OF BILLS
(2) in house calendar.
Short Title: Prior Authorization Exemption Health-care Provider
Sponsors: B. Kirkmeyer (R) | J. Ginal (D) / T. Geitner (R) | S. Bird (D)
Summary:

With regard to health-care services, section 1 of starting January 1, 2024, the bill requires a health insurance carrier (carrier) or private utilization review organization (organization) , as applicable, to offer a qualified provider with at least a 95% approval rate of prior authorization requests over the prior 12 months an alternative to prior authorization requirements, including an exemption from the requirements or incentive awards or other innovative programs to reward provider compliance designed by the carrier or organization that reduce patient wait times or administrative burdens to receiving the requested health-care service . To be a "qualified provider", a provider must:

  • Be, and have been continuously for at least the immediately preceding 12 months, a participating provider; and
  • Have, over the immediately preceding 12 months: At least a 95% approval rate on prior authorization requests submitted for the same health-care service; and submitted at least 24 prior authorization requests for the same health-care service.

A carrier or organization is required to inform a provider of the provider's status as a qualified provider and, at least annually, to reevaluate whether a provider satisfies the requirements of a qualified provider.With regard to drug benefits, section 2 requires a carrier or pharmacy benefit management firm, as applicable, to offer the same types of alternatives to prior authorization requirements to a provider who has at least a 95% approval rate of prior authorization requests over the prior 12 months.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 1/19/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
2/7/2022 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
2/15/2022 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
2/17/2022 Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
2/18/2022 Senate Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
2/22/2022 Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 02/24/2022 - No Amendments
2/24/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
2/24/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Health & Insurance
5/2/2022 House Committee on Health & Insurance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/9/2022 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
5/9/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
Amendments: Amendments

SB22-189 Colorado Geriatric Provider Pipeline Program 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: NOT ON CALENDAR
Short Title: Colorado Geriatric Provider Pipeline Program
Sponsors: J. Danielson (D) | B. Pettersen (D) / M. Duran (D) | B. Titone (D)
Summary:

The bill creates the Colorado multidisciplinary geriatric provider pipeline program (program) in the university of Colorado Anschutz medical campus. The program coordinates and expands geriatric training opportunities for clinical graduate students enrolled in participating institutions of higher education who study in the health-care fields of medicine, medicine with a focus on training to be a physician assistant, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, psychology, and social work.

The bill creates the geriatric training executive advisory committee (committee) to ensure that the training for the program is consistent and collaborative across the health-care fields of study. The committee is required to:

  • Set the program's standards for training and delivery of medical care to the most frail and medically complex, costly, and compromised older Coloradans;
  • Collaborate with participating institutions of higher education across Colorado to select clinical graduate students who have an interest in geriatric care to participate in the program;
  • Analyze data collected by the program;
  • Build relationships, collaborate, and create a multidisciplinary team that provides opportunities for clinicians to work together in teams to better understand the roles of each discipline and better place clinical graduate students for experiential training opportunities; and
  • Coordinate with graduates of the program for opportunities to become trainers to future clinical graduate students once practicing in the graduate's field of study.
    (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status: 3/29/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
4/18/2022 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/10/2022 Senate Committee on Appropriations Postpone Indefinitely
Amendments: Amendments

SB22-210 License Supplemental Health-care Staffing Agencies 
Comment:
Calendar Notification: Wednesday, May 11 2022
THIRD READING OF BILLS - FINAL PASSAGE
(19) in house calendar.
Short Title: License Supplemental Health-care Staffing Agencies
Sponsors: R. Zenzinger (D) | J. Cooke (R) / S. Lontine (D) | M. Soper (R)
Summary:

The bill requires the department of public health and environment (department) to license supplemental health-care staffing agencies (staffing agencies) that employ nurses, nurse aids, physical and occupational therapists, and physical therapist and occupational therapy assistants (health-care workers). A staffing agency is defined as an entity that employs health-care workers and, for a fee, assigns them to temporary placements in nursing care facilities or assisted living residences (health-care facilities) on a temporary basis for a fee. The bill differentiates a staffing agency from a health-care worker platform where health-care workers can be listed for hire by a health-care facility.The bill includes qualifications for a license; criteria for applying for a license and the related fee; and provisions for the issuance, renewal, suspension, or revocation of the license.On and after April 1, 2023, a person operating an unlicensed staffing agency is guilty of a civil infraction and is subject to a fine and may be subject to civil penalties.The bill specifies minimum standards for staffing agencies as established by the state board of health (state board) by rule. In part, the minimum standards:

  • Require that a staffing agency maintain professional liability insurance, workers' compensation insurance, and a surety bond; and
  • Prohibit a staffing agency from restricting employment opportunities of its health-care worker employees, including a prohibition against requiring liquidated damages, employment fees, or other compensation from health-care workers, if the staffing agency employee is hired as a permanent employee by the health-care facility.

A staffing agency shall check the credentials of health-care worker employees and require a background check and a check of the Colorado adult protective services (CAPS) database for employees.The bill requires each staffing agency to report quarterly to the department concerning the average amount charged for services to health-care facilities and the average amount paid for those services. A staffing agency that fails to report is subject to civil fines and suspension or nonrenewal of its license.

By December 31 November 30 , 2023, the bill requires the department shall of public health and environment (department), in conjunction with the department of health care policy and financing, to submit a report to certain committees of the general assembly and to the governor concerning the impact of supplemental health-care staffing agencies (staffing agencies) on health-care facilities and the department's recommendations for caps or other limitations on service rates and amounts charged to health-care facilities for services provided by a staffing agency's health-care workers. In formulating its recommendations, the department shall conduct a stakeholder process with affected providers and agencies.The bill requires the department to maintain a current list of licensed staffing agencies and make the list publicly available on the department's website.The bill creates a cash fund for licensing fees and penalties.The bill requires staffing agencies to complete initial and annual certification with the department of labor and employment's unemployment insurance division prior to operating the staffing agency. The staffing agency shall report quarterly to the department of labor and employment, commencing with a report on or before April 30, 2023, regarding, in part, information concerning the average amount charged during the reporting period to a health-care facility for each category of health-care worker and the average amount paid during the reporting period to health-care workers providing services. The department of labor and employment shall notify a staffing agency if the report is late or noncompliant and shall impose a fine for late or noncompliant reporting. The department of labor and employment shall forward the report to the department for preparation of the report and recommendations to certain committees of the general assembly and to the governor concerning staffing agency employee wages and contract rates.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


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

Status: 4/18/2022 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
4/27/2022 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Amended to Finance
4/29/2022 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations
5/2/2022 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
5/2/2022 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
5/3/2022 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/3/2022 Introduced In House - Assigned to Finance
5/5/2022 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
5/9/2022 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
5/9/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
5/10/2022 House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee
5/11/2022 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
5/11/2022 Senate Considered House Amendments - Result was to Concur - Repass
5/25/2022 Signed by the President of the Senate
5/25/2022 Sent to the Governor
5/25/2022 Signed by the Speaker of the House
6/3/2022 Signed by Governor
6/3/2022 Governor Signed
Amendments: Amendments