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Bill: HB14-1037
Title: Enforcing Laws Against Designer Drugs
Official Summary

It is unlawful to distribute, dispense, manufacture, or sell any
product that is labeled as incense or any other trademark if the product
contains any amount of any synthetic cannabinoid. A violation is a
deceptive trade practice, and the violator shall be subject to a civil penalty
of not less than $10,000 and not more than $500,000 for each violation.
A person shall forfeit and pay to the general fund of the state a civil
penalty of not less than $25,000 and not more than $500,000 for each
violation if the person distributes, dispenses, or sells the product to a
minor under the age of 18 and the person is at least 18 years of age and
at least 2 years older than the minor.
The statute of limitations shall be tolled while a law enforcement
agency awaits the results of a requested laboratory analysis of material,
including but not limited to product samples or blood, urine, or saliva
samples, to determine whether the material contains any amount of any
synthetic cannabinoid.
On or before September 1, 2014, the director of the Colorado
bureau of investigation (bureau) shall establish a division within the
bureau to address the enforcement of laws prohibiting the possession and
distribution of synthetic cannabinoids, cathinones, and other designer
drugs. The duties of the division shall include the purchase and
maintenance of at least 10 field testing units, which shall be made
available by the bureau to law enforcement agencies of the state for the
purpose of analyzing and identifying illegal substances in a timely
manner.

Senate SponsorsR. Baumgardner (R)
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/06/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
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Bill: HB14-1068
Title: Physician Report Driving Condition Dept Revenue
Official Summary

The bill requires a person licensed under the medical practices act
to report the diagnosis to the department of revenue (department) within
7 days after learning that a patient is afflicted with a loss, interruption, or
lapse of consciousness or motor function. Failure to notify the department
is punishable by a fine of up to $300 or by jail for up to 90 days. A
licensee who notifies the department in good faith is immune from civil
or criminal liability.
Upon receiving the notice, the department cancels the driver's
license, notifies the person of the cancellation, and advises the person that
they may appeal the cancellation. If the person appeals the cancellation,
the department uses existing procedures to determine whether the
cancellation of or placing restrictions on the license is appropriate.

Senate Sponsors
House SponsorsD. Coram (R)
StatusHouse Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (02/04/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
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Bill: HB14-1099
Title: Optometrists Prescription Drug Authority
Official Summary

Current law allows an optometrist to prescribe only schedule III,
IV, and V drugs. The bill allows an optometrist to continue to prescribe
the current schedule III drugs, hydrocodone and hydrocodone
combination drugs, when these drugs are reclassified as schedule II drugs.
The bill clarifies that an optometrist may charge a fee for prescribing and
dispensing drugs for ophthalmic purposes.

Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
House SponsorsS. Schafer (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/14/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: HB14-1186
Title: Release Medical Records To Third Parties And Fees
Official Summary

The bill clarifies that medical records in the custody of a health
care facility or an individual health care provider may be released to a
third party with a valid subpoena or other valid authorization. The bill
requires the facility or provider to deliver the medical records in
electronic format if requested and if there is no additional cost to the
facility or provider. The bill defines what reasonable fees may be charged
for the copies of the medical records.

Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
House SponsorsS. Schafer (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (04/18/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: HB14-1211
Title: Ensuring Access To Complex Rehabilitation Medicaid
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of health care policy and
financing (department) to recognize complex rehabilitation technology as
a specific need of persons with complex diagnoses or medical conditions
that result in significant physical or functional needs.
The department must designate appropriate billing codes as
complex rehabilitation technology and establish supplier quality standards
for complex rehabilitation technology suppliers. Additionally, the
department must require evaluation of complex needs patients by
qualified professionals for purposes of identifying appropriate complex
rehabilitation technology. Further, the department must develop pricing
policies for complex rehabilitation technology.
The bill defines terms relating to complex rehabilitation
technology.

Senate SponsorsL. Tochtrop (D)
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/22/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: HB14-1214
Title: Increased Penalties Emer Med Serv Providers
Official Summary

Sections 3, 5, and 6 of the bill increase the penalties for assault in
the first degree, assault in the second degree, and murder in the first
degree against an emergency medical service provider if the victim was
engaged in the performance of his or her official duties and the offender
knew or reasonably should have known that the victim was an emergency
medical service provider.
Section 1 of the bill requires a court to sentence a person to the
department of corrections if the person is convicted of assault in the first
degree or assault in the second degree against an emergency medical
service provider.
Section 2 of the bill lists the intentional killing of an emergency
medical service provider engaged in the performance of his or her official
duties as an aggravating factor for class 1 felonies.
Section 4 of the bill defines emergency medical service provider.
Sections 7 through 11 make conforming amendments.

Senate SponsorsD. Balmer (R)
House SponsorsC. Gerou (R)
StatusGovernor Signed (06/05/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-016
Title: CDPHE Regulate Freestanding Emergency Centers
Official Summary

Under current law, the department of public health and
environment issues a community clinic license to a community clinic that
provides emergency services.
The bill permits the department to continue issuing a community
clinic license to a community clinic that provides emergency care if the
community clinic is located more than 25 miles from a hospital in the
state. On or after 2 years after the effective date of the bill, all other
freestanding emergency rooms must be owned and operated by a licensed
or certified hospital.

Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
House SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
StatusSenate Second Reading Laid Over to 05/08/2014 - No Amendments (04/07/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
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Bill: SB14-039
Title: Preveterinary Emergency Care For Dogs And Cats
Official Summary

The bill allows an emergency medical service provider to provide
preveterinary emergency care to dogs and cats to the extent the provider
has received commensurate training and is authorized by the employer to
provide the care. If an employer of emergency medical service providers
opts to allow its employees to provide this care, the bill requires the
employer to specify in the employer's policies the circumstances under
which the care may be provided.

Senate SponsorsD. Balmer (R)
House SponsorsB. McCann (D)
L. Court (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (03/20/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-050
Title: Financial Assistance In Colorado Hospitals
Official Summary

Current law requires each hospital to make information regarding
financial assistance available to each patient. The bill specifies the
information that must be included.
Current law requires hospitals to limit the amounts charged to
uninsured qualified patients to the lowest negotiated rate from a private
health plan. The bill changes that limit for patients who fall below 400%
of the federal poverty line to the medicare reimbursement rate plus 20%.
The bill requires the department of public health and environment
to promulgate rules and to evaluate each hospital for compliance at the
time of licensing and license renewal.

Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
House SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/29/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-067
Title: Medical Assistance Program Align With Federal Law
Official Summary

The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enacted
in 2010 made certain changes to the eligibility groups in the medicaid
program. The bill makes technical changes to the statutes to align the
eligibility provisions of Colorado's medical assistance program and the
children's basic health program with the changes under federal law.
Specifically, the bill:
  • Removes obsolete eligibility group descriptions and
renames and consolidates eligibility groups to conform to
the current medicaid eligibility groups under federal law;
  • Defines modified adjusted gross income by reference to
the federal definition for purposes of determining income
eligibility;
  • Removes obsolete language regarding income- and
resource-counting methods;
  • Updates statutory language relating to income verification
through federally approved electronic data sources; and
  • Clarifies that application data and verifications for
individuals who are ineligible for medical assistance will
be transferred to the state insurance marketplace.
The bill makes conforming amendments.

Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (02/27/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room

Bill: SB14-099
Title: Provisional Physical Therapy License
Official Summary

The bill allows the physical therapy board to issue a provisional
license to applicants who have successfully completed a physical therapy
program, met the educational requirements, and paid a fee. A person with
a provisional license is required to practice under the supervision of a
licensed physical therapist. The provisional license expires no later than
90 days after issuance.

Senate SponsorsM. Hodge (D)
House SponsorsJ. May (D)
StatusGovernor Signed (05/31/2014)
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
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