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Bill: HB18-1001
Title: FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program
House SponsorsF. Winter (D)
M. Gray (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
K. Donovan (D)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

The bill creates the family and medical leave insurance (FAMLI)
program in the division of family and medical leave insurance (division)
in the department of labor and employment to provide partial
wage-replacement benefits to an eligible individual who takes leave from
work to care for a new child or a family member with a serious health
condition or who is unable to work due to the individual's own serious

health condition.
Each employee in the state will pay a premium determined by the
director of the division by rule, which premium is based on a percentage
of the employee's yearly wages and must not initially exceed .99%. The
premiums are deposited into the family and medical leave insurance fund
from which family and medical leave benefits are paid to eligible
individuals. The director may also impose a solvency surcharge by rule
if determined necessary to ensure the soundness of the fund. The division
is established as an enterprise, and premiums paid into the fund are not
considered state revenues for purposes of the taxpayer's bill of rights
(TABOR).

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteeBusiness Affairs & Labor
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/30/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/27/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1003
Title: Opioid Misuse Prevention
House SponsorsB. Pettersen (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
C. Jahn (D)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study
Committee. Section 1 of the bill establishes in statute the opioid and
other substance use disorders study committee, consisting of 5 senators
and 5 representatives from the general assembly, to:
  • Study data and statistics on the scope of the substance use
disorder problem in Colorado;
  • Study current prevention, intervention, harm reduction,
treatment, and recovery resources available to Coloradans,

as well as public and private insurance coverage and other
sources of support for treatment and recovery resources;
  • Review the availability of medication-assisted treatment
and the ability of pharmacists to prescribe those
medications;
  • Examine measures that other states and countries use to
address substance use disorders;
  • Identify the gaps in prevention, intervention, harm
reduction, treatment, and recovery resources available to
Coloradans and hurdles to accessing those resources; and
  • Identify possible legislative options to address gaps and
hurdles to accessing prevention, intervention, harm
reduction, treatment, and recovery resources.
The committee is authorized to meet 6 times in a calendar year and
may report up to 6 legislative measures to the legislative council, which
bills are exempt from bill limitations and introduction deadlines. The
committee is repealed on July 1, 2020.
Section 2 specifies school-based health care centers may apply for
grants from the school-based health center grant program to expand
behavioral health services to include treatment for opioid and other
substance use disorders.
Section 3 directs the department of health care policy and
financing, starting July 1, 2018, to award grants to organizations to
operate a substance abuse screening, brief intervention, and referral
program.
Section 4 directs the center for research into substance use
disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery to develop and implement
continuing medical education activities to help prescribers of pain
medication to safely and effectively manage patients with chronic pain,
and when appropriate, prescribe opioids. Sections 2 through 4 also direct
the general assembly to appropriate money to implement those sections.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusGovernor Signed (05/21/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/27/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1006
Title: Infant Newborn Screening
House SponsorsL. Liston (R)
M. Hamner (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
R. Gardner (R)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

The bill updates the current newborn screening program to require
more timely newborn hearing screenings. The department of public health
and environment is authorized to assess a fee for newborn screening and
necessary follow-up services. The bill creates the newborn hearing
screening cash fund for the purpose of covering the costs of the program.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusSent to the Governor (05/18/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/02/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1007
Title: Substance Use Disorder Payment And Coverage
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
C. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
K. Lambert (R)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study
Committee. The bill requires all individual and group health benefit
plans to provide coverage without prior authorization for a five-day
supply of buprenorphine for a first request within a 12-month period.
Additionally, all individual and group health benefit plans that
cover physical therapy, acupuncture, or chiropractic services shall not

subject those services to dollar limits, deductibles, copayments, or
coinsurance provisions that are less favorable than those applicable to
primary care services under the plan if the covered person has a diagnosis
of chronic pain and has or has had a substance use disorder diagnosis.
The bill prohibits carriers from taking adverse action against a
provider or from providing financial incentives or disincentives to a
provider based solely on a patient satisfaction survey relating to the
patient's satisfaction with pain treatment.
The bill clarifies that an urgent prior authorization request to a
carrier includes a request for authorization of medication-assisted
treatment for substance use disorders.
The bill permits a pharmacist who has entered into a collaborative
pharmacy practice agreement with one or more physicians to administer
injectable medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders and
receive an enhanced dispensing fee for the administration.
The bill prohibits carriers from requiring a covered person to
undergo step therapy using a prescription drug or drugs that include an
opioid before covering a non-opioid prescription drug recommended by
the covered person's provider.
The bill requires the Colorado medical assistance program to
authorize reimbursement for a ready-to-use version of intranasal naloxone
hydrochloride without prior authorization.
The bill prohibits the requirement that a recipient of medical
assistance undergo a step-therapy protocol using a prescription drug
containing an opioid prior to authorizing reimbursement for a non-opioid
prescription drug recommended by the person's health care provider.
The bill permits a pharmacist who has entered into a collaborative
pharmacy practice agreement with one or more physicians to administer
injectable medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders and
receive an enhanced dispensing fee under the Colorado medical
assistance program for the administration.
The bill requires the department of health care policy and
financing and the office of behavioral health in the department of human
services to establish rules that standardize utilization management
authority timelines for the non-pharmaceutical components of
medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusGovernor Signed (05/21/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/24/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1017
Title: Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact
House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsS. Fenberg (D)
R. Gardner (R)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

The bill enacts the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact Act
allowing psychologists licensed in any compact state to provide:
  • Telepsychology services to clients in any other compact
state; or
  • Temporary in-person client services in any compact state

not exceeding 30 days in a calendar year.
The bill authorizes the state board of psychologist examiners to
promulgate rules and to facilitate Colorado's participation in the compact
including notifying the compact commission of any adverse action taken
by the board against a Colorado licensed psychologist.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusGovernor Signed (04/12/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/13/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1021
Title: Task Force For Youth Experiencing Homelessness
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
E. Hooton (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

The bill establishes the task force concerning youth who are
experiencing homelessness (task force) to study and make
recommendations on issues related to the issue of youth experiencing
homelessness in Colorado. The membership of the task force is set forth,
as well as reporting requirements and a repeal date.
The bill makes conforming amendments to correct citations to an

earlier relocation of the office of homeless youth services to the
department of local affairs.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (03/21/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/29/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1032
Title: Access Medical Records State Emergency Medical Services Patient Care Database
House SponsorsD. Thurlow (R)
C. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
J. Tate (R)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of public health and environment
to provide individualized patient information from the department's EMS
agency patient care database to health information organization networks

for any use allowed under the federal Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). By contract with health
information organization networks, the department must control access
to patient information and limit the use of patient information to only
those purposes allowed under HIPAA.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusGovernor Signed (03/22/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/29/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1040
Title: Inmate Treatment Incentive Plans
House SponsorsA. Benavidez (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment
of Persons with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal and
Juvenile Justice Systems.
The bill requires the department of corrections
to institute an incentive plan to contract for more mental health
professionals in difficult-to-serve geographic areas if the number of
inmates who need a treatment or service in the area exceeds the number

of available spaces by 20%.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusGovernor Signed (05/04/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/05/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1044
Title: Colorado Children's Trust Fund Act
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

The bill amends current statutory language in the Colorado
Children's Trust Fund Act to place a greater priority on preventing child
maltreatment fatalities and continuing to prevent child maltreatment. This
includes reducing the occurrence of prenatal drug exposure and drug
endangerment and reducing the occurrence of other adverse childhood
experiences.
The current membership of the Colorado children's trust fund
board (board) is increased from 9 members to 21 members, to reflect a

broader approach to child maltreatment prevention issues.
Duties and powers of the board are expanded to include:
  • Advising and making recommendations to the governor,
state agencies, and other entities concerning child
maltreatment prevention;
  • Developing strategies and monitoring efforts to decrease
incidences of child maltreatment, child maltreatment
fatalities, and other adverse childhood experiences; and
  • Monitoring and implementing, as appropriate, the ongoing
development and implementation of programs and factors
that affect work in the area of childhood maltreatment.
The bill expands the accepted uses for grants from the Colorado
children's trust fund to include programs working to reduce the incidence
of child maltreatment fatalities, child maltreatment, and other adverse
childhood experiences.
The repeal date for the act is extended from July 1, 2022, to July
1, 2023.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (02/26/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/20/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1049
Title: DHS Department of Human Services Authority To Lease Grand Junction Regional Center
House SponsorsD. Thurlow (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Scott (R)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

The department of human services currently leases portions of the
Grand Junction regional center campus to third-party behavioral health
providers. The bill authorizes the department to continue such leases until

June 30, 2020, and each party to such lease may terminate the lease early
provided that the terminating party provide the other party with 90 days
notice before vacating the property or requiring the property to be
vacated.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusGovernor Signed (04/12/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/23/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1050
Title: Competency To Proceed Juvenile Justice System
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

Legislative Oversight Committee Concerning the Treatment
of Persons with Mental Health Disorders in the Criminal and
Juvenile Justice Systems.
The bill establishes a juvenile-specific
definition of competent to proceed and incompetent to proceed for
juveniles involved in the juvenile justice system, as well as specific
definitions for developmental disability, mental capacity, and mental

disability when used in this context. The bill clarifies the procedures for
establishing incompetency, as well as for establishing the restoration of
competency.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusGovernor Signed (03/22/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/29/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1054
Title: Affordable Housing Plastic Shopping Bag Tax
House SponsorsP. Rosenthal (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

Contingent on prior voter approval, if a store that meets certain
criteria provides any plastic shopping bags to a customer, then the store
is required to collect a tax of 25 cents from the customer. The tax is the
same regardless of the number of bags provided as part of a transaction,
but does not apply if the customer is enrolled in the federal supplemental
nutrition assistance program. The store is required to remit the tax

revenue to the department of revenue (department) after keeping 1% of
the taxes to cover the store's collection and remittance expenses. The
department may require a store to make returns and payments
electronically.
To comply with the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR), a ballot
issue about the plastic shopping bag tax is referred to the voters at the
November 2018 election. If the voters reject the tax, then the entire article
containing the tax is repealed. If the voters approve the tax, then the tax
will be imposed beginning January 1, 2019.
The tax revenue is deposited in the general fund via the old age
pension fund. Then, an amount equal to the department's administrative
expenses is transferred to the newly created plastic shopping bag tax
administration cash fund and the remainder of the tax revenue is
deposited in the housing development grant fund. The division of housing
in the department of local affairs is required to use the money in the
housing development grant fund for the existing purposes of the fund,
which is to improve, preserve, or expand the supply of affordable housing
in Colorado.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteeLocal Government
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusHouse Committee on Local Government Postpone Indefinitely (01/31/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/29/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1064
Title: Training Program Prevention Child Sexual Abuse
House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
D. Coram (R)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

The bill directs the Colorado children's trust fund board to develop
and administer a training program to prevent child sexual abuse
(program) for early childhood providers and others who interact with
young children.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusSent to the Governor (05/18/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (01/29/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1065
Title: DHS Department of Human Services Employee Discipline Harm To Vulnerable Persons
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
S. Beckman (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

The Colorado department of human services (department) operates
numerous facilities in the state that provide direct care to vulnerable
people, including veterans and their families, youth in rehabilitation
programs, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and
people with mental health diagnoses. Current law specifies when an

employee of the department (employee) will be suspended or dismissed
after being charged with specified criminal offenses. However, the
department has encountered difficulty in suspending, dismissing, or
otherwise disciplining employees through the administrative process
when the employee was involved in an egregious incident of mistreatment
of a vulnerable person but was not convicted of a criminal offense. The
bill specifies that:
  • In considering a disciplinary action against an employee for
engaging in mistreatment, abuse, exploitation, or neglect
against a vulnerable person, the appointing authority shall
give predominant weight to the safety of vulnerable
persons over the interests of any other person.
  • If the disciplinary action includes a written finding by the
appointing authority that the employee has engaged in
mistreatment, abuse, exploitation, or neglect against a
vulnerable person, the employee is presumed to have
engaged in serious and flagrant willful misconduct or
serious and flagrant willful failure to perform his or her
duties (presumption).
  • If the employee petitions for a hearing before the state
personnel board, the presumption may be rebutted only if
the employee presents clear and convincing evidence to
contradict and overcome the appointing authority's finding
that the employee has engaged in mistreatment, abuse,
exploitation, or neglect against a vulnerable person.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusGovernor Signed (04/23/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/24/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1082
Title: A Woman's Right To Accurate Health Care Information
House SponsorsL. Saine (R)
Senate SponsorsV. Marble (R)
Position
Intro Date01/17/2018
Official Summary

The bill ensures that women are fully and accurately informed
about their personal medical conditions regarding their pregnancies and
health care options. Current medical procedures already use ultrasound
technology to provide information regarding the gestational age of a child
in utero. The bill ensures that a woman has the opportunity to see or

forego seeing her ultrasound. The bill gives the woman a choice between
an abdominal or vaginal ultrasound. The bill allows a woman the
opportunity to find a provider of ultrasound technology that will provide
the service free of charge. The bill requires that a woman be given full
and accurate information regarding her abortion. The bill describes the
information that the physician performing the abortion provides to the
woman and gives the woman an opportunity to sign or refuse to sign a
receipt of information. The bill requires the abortion provider to provide
certain information to the woman at least 24 hours prior to performing an
abortion.
The bill creates a civil right of action for noncompliance with the
requirements, making a physician's noncompliance with the requirements
unprofessional conduct and making a violation of the requirements a
crime.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate Committee
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusHouse Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (02/22/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/22/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1086
Title: Community College Bachelor Science Degree Nursing
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
P. Lundeen (R)
Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
T. Neville (R)
Position
Intro Date01/18/2018
Official Summary

The bill allows a community college that is part of the state system
of community and technical colleges to offer a bachelor of science degree
in nursing.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusGovernor Became Law (03/24/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/20/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1091
Title: Dementia Diseases And Related Disabilities
House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
S. Beckman (R)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
Position
Intro Date01/18/2018
Official Summary

The bill updates statutory references to Alzheimer's and other
dementia diseases and reflects that dementia diseases have related
disabilities impacting memory and other cognitive abilities. Missing
persons with a dementia disease and related disability are added to the
missing senior citizen and missing person with developmental disabilities

alert program, and the program is renamed to reflect this change. The
Alzheimer's disease treatment and research center within the university
of Colorado school of medicine is renamed the dementia diseases and
related disabilities treatment and research center.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusGovernor Signed (03/29/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/09/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1094
Title: Children And Youth Mental Health Treatment Act
House SponsorsC. Wist (R)
L. Herod (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
D. Moreno (D)
Position
Intro Date01/18/2018
Official Summary

The bill extends indefinitely the Child Mental Health Treatment
Act and renames it the Children and Youth Mental Health Treatment
Act (act). Significant changes to the act include:
  • Continuing the ability of a parent or guardian of a
non-medicaid eligible child or youth to receive mental
health services for the child or youth without unwarranted

child welfare involvement;
  • When evaluating a child or youth for eligibility for mental
health treatment services (services), the evaluating mental
health agency shall use a standardized risk stratification
tool;
  • Establishing a new definition of mental health agency to
capture a larger set of behavioral health services providers;
  • Reporting requirements for the department of health care
policy and financing and mental health agencies that
provide services for children and youth are updated and
clarified;
  • Requiring the department of human services to maintain
and update a list of providers on its website, as well as post
information from various reports required by the act,
excluding any personal health information; and
  • Revising the membership of the advisory board that assists
and advises the executive director of the department of
human services with the development of service standards
and rules for the provision of services.
The bill makes conforming amendments.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeState, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusSent to the Governor (05/22/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/13/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1097
Title: Patient Choice Of Pharmacy
House SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
M. Catlin (R)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
D. Coram (R)
Position
Intro Date01/18/2018
Official Summary

The bill prohibits a carrier that offers or issues a health benefit
plan that covers pharmaceutical services, including prescription drug
coverage, or a pharmacy benefit management firm managing those
benefits for a carrier, from:
  • Limiting or restricting a covered person's ability to select a

pharmacy or pharmacist of the covered person's choice if
certain conditions are met;
  • Imposing a copayment, fee, or other cost-sharing
requirement for selecting a pharmacy of the covered
person's choosing;
  • Imposing other conditions on a covered person, pharmacist,
or pharmacy that limit or restrict a covered person's ability
to use a pharmacy of the covered person's choosing; or
  • Denying a pharmacy or pharmacist the right to participate
in any of its pharmacy network contracts in this state or as
a contracting provider in this state if the pharmacy or
pharmacist has a valid license in Colorado and the
pharmacy or pharmacist agrees to specified conditions.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteeHealth, Insurance, & Environment
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusSenate Committee on Business, Labor, & Technology Postpone Indefinitely (03/19/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/14/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1104
Title: Family Preservation For Parents With Disability
House SponsorsJ. Danielson (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
D. Moreno (D)
Position
Intro Date01/18/2018
Official Summary

The bill establishes that family protection safeguards for a parent
or prospective parent with a disability are critical to family preservation
and the best interests of the children of Colorado. These safeguards
include:
  • That a parent's disability must not serve as a basis for
denial or restriction of parenting time or parental

responsibilities;
  • That, when devising a treatment plan, active efforts must
be made to include the provision of reasonable
accommodations for a parent's disability;
  • That a parent's disability must not serve as a basis for
denial of participation in a public or private adoption, or for
denial of foster care or guardianship, when it is otherwise
determined to be in the best interest of the child; and
  • That the benefits of providing supportive parenting services
must be considered by a court when determining parental
responsibilities, parenting time, adoption placements, foster
care, and guardianship.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusGovernor Signed (04/25/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/27/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1109
Title: Discretionary Parole Of Special Needs Offenders
House SponsorsM. Weissman (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Cooke (R)
Position
Intro Date01/18/2018
Official Summary

Current law provides 2 definitions by which an offender in the
custody of the department of corrections (department) may be considered
a special needs offender. The first definition describes a person who
is 60 years of age or older and has been diagnosed by a licensed health
care provider who is employed by or under contract with the department
as suffering from a chronic infirmity, illness, condition, disease, or
behavioral or mental health disorder and the department or the state board
of parole (parole board) determines that the person is incapacitated to the

extent that he or she is not likely to pose a risk to public safety. The bill
amends this definition by changing 60 years to 55 years.
The bill also adds a third definition by which such an offender may
be considered a special needs offender. That is, an offender who, as
determined by a licensed health care provider who is employed by or
under contract with the department, on the basis of available evidence,
not including evidence resulting from a refusal of the person to accept
treatment, does not have a substantial probability of being restored to
competency and is not likely to pose a risk to public safety.
Under current law, if the department recommends to the parole
board that an offender be released to parole as a special needs offender,
the parole board may deny parole only by a majority vote of the parole
board. The bill states that to deny parole under such conditions, the parole
board must also make a finding that granting parole would create a threat
to public safety and that the offender is likely to commit an offense.
The bill states that if, prior to or during any parole hearing, the
parole board or any member of the parole board has a substantial and
good-faith reason to believe that the offender is incompetent to proceed,
the parole board shall suspend all proceedings and notify the trial court
that imposed any active sentence, and the court shall determine the
competency or incompetency of the offender.
For any offender who is granted special needs parole, the parole
board shall set the length of the parole for an appropriate time period of
at least 6 months but not exceeding 36 months. At any time during such
an offender's parole, the parole board may revise the duration of the
offender's parole. However, in no case may such an offender be required
to serve a period of parole in excess of the period of parole to which he
or she would otherwise be sentenced, or 36 months, whichever is less.

Full TextFull Text of Bill
House CommitteeJudiciary
Senate CommitteeJudiciary
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusGovernor Signed (04/23/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/25/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: HB18-1114
Title: Require License Practice Genetic Counseling
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
J. Ginal (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
Position
Intro Date01/19/2018
Official Summary

The bill enacts the Genetic Counselor Licensure Act. On and
after June 1, 2019, a person cannot practice genetic counseling without
being licensed by the director of the division of professions and
occupations in the department of regulatory agencies. To be licensed, a
person must have graduated with an appropriate genetic counseling
degree and have been certified by a national body, except that the
director:
  • May issue a provisional license to a candidate for

certification pursuant to requirements established by rule;
and
  • Shall license a genetic counselor who graduated from a
Colorado genetic counseling training program, has at least
15 years of experience, and provides at least 3 letters of
recommendation.
The bill gives title protection to genetic counselors and standard
licensing, rule-making, and disciplinary powers to the director. Genetic
counselors must have insurance unless the director, by rule, finds that
insurance is not reasonably available. The bill repeals the act on
September 1, 2022. Genetic counselors are subject to the mandatory
disclosures of the Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act of 2010.

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StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/24/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/07/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1118
Title: Create Health Care Legislative Review Committee
House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
S. Beckman (R)
Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
L. Crowder (R)
Position
Intro Date01/19/2018
Official Summary

The bill recreates the former health care task force, renamed as the
health care legislative review committee, to study health care issues that
affect Colorado residents throughout the state. The committee consists of
the members of the house of representatives committees on health,
insurance, and environment and on public health care and human services

and the senate committee on health and human services. The committee
is permitted to meet up to 6 times during the interim between legislative
sessions, including 2 field trips, and as necessary when the general
assembly is convened in a legislative session. The committee may
recommend up to 5 bills per year, and bills recommended by the
committee are exempt from bill limitations imposed under the joint rules
of the general assembly.

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StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/02/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/29/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1192
Title: Application Assistance Federal Disability Benefits
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
Position
Intro Date02/02/2018
Official Summary

The bill creates a program to help persons with disabilities
participating in the state aid to the needy disabled program navigate the
application process for federal disability benefits, including supplemental
security income and social security disability insurance. The program is
provided by county departments of human or social services (county
departments) and is administered by the state department of human

services (state department).
Funding for the program is distributed to county departments
pursuant to an allocation formula determined by state department rules,
after receiving input from counties, county representatives, and other
relevant stakeholders.
The bill includes the services that may be provided by county
departments participating in the program. The services may include
assistance with compiling and drafting supporting documentation for the
application for federal disability benefits and in completing and
submitting the application.
The state department shall evaluate the program pursuant to the
time frame set forth in the bill to determine if the program is meeting the
program goals described in the bill.
The bill creates the disability benefits application assistance fund
(fund) and requires the state treasurer and controller to annually transfer
to the fund money appropriated for the aid to the needy disabled programs
that remains unencumbered and unexpended at the end of the fiscal year.

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StatusHouse Committee on Public Health Care & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (03/09/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/08/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1195
Title: Tax Credit Contributions Organizations Affordable Housing
House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
J. Bridges (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Tate (R)
Position
Intro Date02/05/2018
Official Summary

For income tax years commencing on or after January 1, 2019, but
prior to January 1, 2030, the bill creates a state income tax credit for a
donation of cash or securities a taxpayer makes to an eligible developer

to be used solely for the costs associated with an eligible project.
The bill defines eligible developer to mean, in part, a nonprofit
community-based home ownership development organization that
satisfies specified requirements relating to its background in the field of
housing development and is developing or plans to develop the eligible
project that is or will be receiving the donations for which the tax credits
may be claimed. The bill defines eligible project to mean the
development of new residential housing for home ownership consisting
of one or more residential units constructed for sale to a buyer whose
median income is 120% or less of the area median income and for which
each unit sold is to be preserved as affordable housing by means of a
specified deed restriction. In order to be designated as an eligible
developer authorized to accept donations, a nonprofit community-based
home ownership development organization must satisfy certain criteria
as created and evaluated by the Colorado housing and finance authority
(authority).
The amount of the credit allowed by the bill is 50% of the amount
of the money or the value of the securities donated to the eligible
developer as documented in a form and manner acceptable to the
department of revenue (department); except that the aggregate amount of
the credit awarded to any one taxpayer under the bill is limited to
$250,000 in any one income tax year.
The aggregate amount of tax credits certified is limited to $20
million for each of the January 1, 2020, through the January 1, 2029, tax
years.
If the amount of the credit allowed exceeds the amount of the
taxpayer's income tax liability in the income tax year for which the credit
is being claimed, the amount of the credit not used as an offset against
income taxes in such income tax year is not allowed as a refund but may
be carried forward and applied against the income tax due in each of the
5 succeeding income tax years, but must first be applied against the
income tax due for the earliest of the income tax years possible.
A tax credit allowed by the bill is neither transferable nor
assignable to any other taxpayer.
In order to claim the credit, the donation the taxpayer provides to
obtain the credit must be accepted by the eligible developer to whom it
has been given and certified by the authority. The authority is required to
certify each donation. The authority completes certification by providing
a certificate to the taxpayer in a format acceptable to the department
evidencing that the certification requirements of the bill have been met.
The authority is permitted to charge and collect an administrative fee
from each applicant to recover program administration costs and
expenses.
A taxpayer claiming the credit must submit, maintain, and record
any information that the department may require by rule regarding the
taxpayer's donation to the eligible developer, including the certificate
received from the authority. A taxpayer is required to electronically file
with the department the certificate the taxpayer receives from the
authority.
The tax credit is repealed, effective July 1, 2040.

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StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (05/07/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/07/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1196
Title: Applications For Aid To The Needy Disabled Program
House SponsorsT. Exum Sr. (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
B. Martinez Humenik (R)
Position
Intro Date02/05/2018
Official Summary

Under current law, in order to receive assistance under the aid to
the needy disabled program, an applicant must be examined by a
physician, physician assistant, advanced practice nurse, or registered
nurse. The bill adds to the list of persons authorized to perform an
examination a licensed or certified psychologist, a licensed social worker,
a licensed professional counselor, or any other qualified personnel the

department of human services deems appropriate. Any person who
performs an examination is required to certify the diagnosis, prognosis,
and other relevant medical or mental factors relating to the applicant's
disability.

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StatusGovernor Signed (03/29/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/07/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1207
Title: Hospital Financial Transparency Measures
House SponsorsB. Rankin (R)
C. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
Position
Intro Date02/05/2018
Official Summary

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:
  • Hospital cost reports submitted to the federal centers for
medicare and medicaid services;
  • Annual audited financial statements; except that, if a
hospital is part of a consolidated or combined group, the
hospital may submit a consolidated or combined financial
statement if the group's statement separately identifies the
information for each of the group's licensed hospitals;
  • Utilization and staffing information and standard units of
measure; and
  • Information accessed through a secure, online data
collection and reporting system that provides a central
location for the collection and analysis of hospital
utilization and financial data.
The hospital expenditure report must include, but not be limited to:
  • A description of the methods of analysis and definitions of
report components by payer group;
  • Uncompensated care costs by payer group; and
  • The percentage that different categories of expenses
contribute to overall expenses of hospitals.
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.

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StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/30/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/23/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1208
Title: Expand Child Care Expenses Income Tax Credit
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
F. Winter (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
Position
Intro Date02/05/2018
Official Summary

Currently, a resident individual with a federal adjusted gross
income of $60,000 or less is allowed a state income tax credit (state
credit) for child care expenses that is a percentage of a similar federal
income tax credit claimed (federal credit). The amount of the state credit
depends on the individual's adjusted gross income (AGI). If the

individual's AGI is:
  • $25,000 or less, then the state credit is 50% of the federal
credit;
  • $25,001 to $35,000, then the state credit is 30% of the
federal credit; and
  • $35,001 to $60,000, then the state credit is 10% of the
federal credit.
The bill expands the state credit by allowing a resident individual
with an AGI that is less than or equal to $150,000 to claim a credit that
is equal to 80% of the individual's federal credit.

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StatusGovernor Signed (05/22/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/04/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1211
Title: Medicaid Fraud Control Unit
House SponsorsM. Foote (D)
C. Wist (R)
Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
Position
Intro Date02/05/2018
Official Summary

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. 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.

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StatusGovernor Signed (04/25/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/27/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1221
Title: Income Tax Deduction For 529 Account Kindergarten Through Twelfth Grade Expenses
House SponsorsT. Leonard (R)
Senate SponsorsT. Neville (R)
Position
Intro Date02/05/2018
Official Summary

Current law allows contributions to a qualified state tuition
program, also known as a 529 account, so long as the distributions are

used for qualified higher education expenses (and some additional
exceptions), but not for kindergarten through twelfth grade school
expenses. The federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became law in
December 2017, added distributions for kindergarten through twelfth
grade expenses as qualified distributions thereby allowing, on the federal
level, income tax-free distributions for elementary and secondary
education expenses in addition to already authorized income tax-free
distributions for higher education expenses.
The bill makes similar changes to Colorado law to allow
contributions to qualified state tuition programs for kindergarten through
twelfth grade expenses thereby allowing a taxpayer to claim a deduction
for such contributions and clarifying that such expenses are qualified
distributions, ensuring that a taxpayer does not encounter tax recapture of
any claimed deductions when such contributions are distributed for
kindergarten through twelfth grade school expenses.

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StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (03/26/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/05/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1223
Title: Declare Autism Epidemic In Colorado
House SponsorsJ. Reyher (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
Position
Intro Date02/05/2018
Official Summary

The bill directs the executive director of the department of public
health and environment (director) to convene the governor's expert
emergency epidemic response committee (committee) for the purpose of
determining whether there is an autism epidemic in Colorado. The
committee shall review autism data from 1990 to 2017 from every
Colorado county and across all age groups. If the committee determines
there is an autism epidemic, the director shall advise the governor to
declare that an autism epidemic exists in Colorado; that reasonable and

appropriate measures be taken to address the autism epidemic and protect
the public health; that departments with publicly funded safety net
programs update their plans to include the autism epidemic; and the
percentage at which the state will contribute money to the autism
epidemic. The committee shall prepare a report documenting its reasons
for determining whether an autism epidemic exists and provide a copy of
the report to the governor, the director, and each member of the general
assembly.

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StatusHouse Committee on Health, Insurance, & Environment Postpone Indefinitely (04/26/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/12/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1232
Title: New School Funding Distribution Formula
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
D. Coram (R)
Position
Intro Date02/05/2018
Official Summary

The bill creates a new public school funding distribution formula
to replace the existing formula (1994 formula). The new distribution
formula is effective for the second budget year following voter approval
of a ballot measure that increases state revenue for funding preschool
through high school public education, which is not included in the bill.

The new public school funding distribution formula:
  • Calculates a school district's (district's) total program
funding by starting with statewide base per pupil funding
and adding additional funding for student and district
characteristics in the form of district factor funding as
follows:
  • Size factor funding;
  • Poverty factor funding for students eligible for free
or reduced-price meals;
  • English language learner factor funding, adjusted
for district size;
  • Gifted child factor funding, adjusted for district
size;
  • Special education factor funding, adjusted for
disability and district size; and
  • Cost of living factor funding, limited to a
percentage of statewide cost of living factor
funding.
In calculating district total program funding, the new formula:
  • Counts kindergarten students as half-day or full-day pupils
depending on the length of the kindergarten program;
  • Counts preschool students as half-day pupils, anticipating
conforming changes to the Colorado preschool program,
following enactment of the bill, to remove limits on the
number of 4- and 5-year-old pupils attending state-funded
preschool and the pupil eligibility criteria for 4- and
5-year-old pupils;
  • Differentiates between pupils with specified disabilities for
purposes of determining the new special education factor
funding, anticipating conforming changes to categorical
funding programs, following enactment of the bill, to use
special education categorical funding only for high-cost
disability reimbursement grants; and
  • Applies English language learner factor funding for up to
7 years to all English language learners, except for those
students with no English proficiency, anticipating
conforming changes to categorical funding programs,
following enactment of the bill, to use categorical funding
only for students with no English proficiency.
The bill creates a hold-harmless provision if a district's total
program funding under the new public school funding distribution
formula is less than it was under the 1994 formula without the budget
stabilization reduction in funding.
The bill takes effect only if voters approve a ballot measure no
later than the 2022 statewide general election that increases funding for
preschool through high school public education.

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StatusHouse Committee on Education Postpone Indefinitely (04/25/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/27/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1256
Title: Sunset Continue Civil Rights Division And Commission
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
L. Herod (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
Position
Intro Date02/23/2018
Official Summary


Sunset Process - House Judiciary Committee. The bill
implements the recommendation of the department of regulatory agencies
in its sunset review of the Colorado civil rights division and the Colorado
civil rights commission to continue the commission and the division and
their respective functions for 9 years, through September 1, 2027.

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StatusGovernor Signed (05/22/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/28/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1260
Title: Prescription Drug Price Transparency
House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
D. Jackson (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
Position
Intro Date02/26/2018
Official Summary

The bill enacts the Colorado Prescription Drug Price
Transparency Act of 2018, which requires:
  • Health insurers, starting in 2019, to submit to the
commissioner of insurance (commissioner), as part of the
health care cost reporting requirement, information
regarding prescription drugs covered under their health
insurance plans that were dispensed in the preceding
calendar year;

  • Prescription drug manufacturers, on or after July 1, 2018,
to notify state purchasers, health insurers, and pharmacy
benefit management firms when the manufacturer increases
the price of certain prescription drugs by more than 10% or
when the manufacturer introduces a new specialty drug in
the commercial market; and
  • Prescription drug manufacturers, within 15 days after the
end of each calendar quarter that starts on or after July 1,
2018, to provide specified information to the commissioner
regarding the drugs about which manufacturers are
required to notify purchasers of a drug price increase or
new specialty drug on the market.
The commissioner is required to post the information received
from prescription drug manufacturers on the division of insurance
website. Additionally, the commissioner, or a disinterested third-party
contractor, is to analyze the data submitted by health insurers and
prescription drug manufacturers and other relevant information to
determine the effect of prescription drug costs on health insurance
premiums. The commissioner is to publish a report each year, submit the
report to specified legislative committees, and present the report during
annual State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and
Transparent (SMART) Government Act hearings. The commissioner is
authorized to adopt rules as necessary to implement the requirements of
the act.
A prescription drug manufacturer that fails to notify purchasers or
fails to report required data to the commissioner is subject to discipline
by the state board of pharmacy, including a penalty of $1,000 per day for
each day the manufacturer fails to comply with the notice or reporting
requirements. The commissioner is to report manufacturer violations to
the state board of pharmacy.

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StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/30/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/14/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1263
Title: Medical Marijuana Use For Autism And Acute Pain
House SponsorsJ. Melton (D)
E. Hooton (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
S. Fenberg (D)
Position
Intro Date03/01/2018
Official Summary

The bill adds autism spectrum disorders and acute pain to the list
of disabling medical conditions that authorize a person to use medical
marijuana for his or her condition.

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StatusSent to the Governor (05/18/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/17/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1286
Title: School Nurse Give Medical Marijuana At School
House SponsorsD. Roberts (D)
Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
V. Marble (R)
Position
Intro Date03/08/2018
Official Summary

Under current law, a primary caregiver may possess and administer
medical marijuana in a nonsmokeable form to a student while the student
is at school. The bill allows a school nurse or the school nurse's designee,
who may or may not be an employee of the school, to also possess and
administer medical marijuana to a student at school. The bill provides a

school nurse or the school nurse's designee protection from criminal
prosecution if he or she possesses and administers medical marijuana to
a student at school.

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StatusSent to the Governor (05/18/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/18/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1288
Title: Conflict-free Case Management
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
F. Winter (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
Position
Intro Date03/08/2018
Official Summary

The bill implements conflict-free case management for individuals
enrolled in home- and community-based services under Colorado's
medicaid program. The definition of conflict-free case management is

included in the bill and reflects the policy that case management services
are provided to an individual who is enrolled in home- and
community-based services by an agency that is not also providing the
same individual services and supports.
The bill defines and authorizes case management agencies that will
provide case management services and contains provisions for the
department of health care policy and financing's oversight of case
management agencies. The medical services board shall promulgate rules
upon the enactment of the bill for the certification and decertification of
case management agencies, as well as rules that ensure that an individual
enrolled in home- and community-based services has access to case
management services and that there is a process for a person to select the
case management agency of his or her choice.
The bill contains time frames for the implementation of
conflict-free case management in Colorado, and includes a date by which
all persons receiving home- and community-based services will be served
through a system of conflict-free case management.

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StatusSenate Committee on State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Postpone Indefinitely (04/24/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/20/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1306
Title: Improving Educational Stability For Foster Youth
House SponsorsD. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsD. Coram (R)
D. Moreno (D)
Position
Intro Date03/20/2018
Official Summary

The bill aligns state law with federal Every Student Succeeds
Act (ESSA) provisions relating to students in foster care, referred to in
state statutes as students in out-of-home placement. ESSA permits
students in out-of-home placement at any time during the school year to
remain in their school of origin, as defined in the bill, rather than move
to a different school upon placement outside of the home or changes in

placement, unless the county department of human or social services
(county department) or juvenile court determines that it is not in the
child's best interest to remain in his or her school of origin. Specifically,
the bill:
  • Defines education provider to include public schools,
school districts, and boards of cooperative services;
  • Clarifies the role of an education provider's child welfare
education liaison with respect to the best interest
determination, the transfer of records, transition planning,
and immediate enrollment of the child or youth;
  • Establishes a permanent foster care education coordinator
at the department of education and creates a state advisory
group on foster care education;
  • Requires education providers to immediately enroll
students in out-of-home placement in school even without
academic and immunization records and includes
provisions for requesting and receiving records from a
sending school;
  • Requires education providers and county departments to
enter into agreements relating to how transportation and
other necessary services for students in out-of-home
placement will be provided, arranged, and funded; and
  • Removes barriers to obtaining a high school diploma by
allowing education providers to waive course requirements
or provide competency-based measures to satisfy
graduation requirements.
The bill creates the educational stability grant program (grant
program) in the department of education to provide grants to education
providers to provide educational services and supports to highly mobile
students. The state board of education shall adopt rules for the grant
program and award the grants. The department of education shall report
on the implementation and outcomes of the grant program.
The bill requires county departments to develop a process for
determining the best interests of a child or youth in remaining in the
school of origin. Counties are required to provide services, including
transportation, for students remaining in the school of origin and services
for those students transferring to another school, and to enter into
agreements with education providers regarding the provision of these
services and funding for the services.
The bill updates the definition of homeless child to include
children and youth and amends education statutes relating to school
attendance and services for homeless children and youth.

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StatusSent to the Governor (05/15/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/03/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1322
Title: 2018-19 Long Appropriation Act
House SponsorsM. Hamner (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
Position
Intro Date03/26/2018
Official Summary
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StatusGovernor Signed (04/30/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1326
Title: Support For Transition From Institutional Settings
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
Position
Intro Date03/26/2018
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill directs the department of
health care policy and financing (department) to provide community
transition services and supports to persons who are in an institutional
setting, who are eligible for medicaid, and who desire to transition to a
home- or community-based setting (eligible persons). The services and

supports must be available to eligible persons who transitioned from an
institutional setting for up to one year.
The bill requires the department to submit an annual report to
specified committees of the general assembly on the effectiveness of
providing the services and supports.

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StatusGovernor Signed (04/30/2018)
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Bill: HB18-1328
Title: Redesign Residential Child Health Care Waiver
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
D. Moreno (D)
Position
Intro Date03/26/2018
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill directs the department of
health care policy and financing (department) to initiate a stakeholder
process for purposes of preparing and submitting a redesigned children's
habilitation residential program (program) waiver for federal approval
that allows for home- and community-based services for children with

intellectual and developmental disabilities who have complex behavioral
support needs. The department may also request federal authorization to
change the agency designated to administer and operate the program from
the department of human services to the department.
The bill includes language creating the redesigned program,
relocates the program in statute, and makes conforming changes in statute
to reflect the new location of the program. The new program will become
effective once federal approval has been granted for the redesigned
children's habilitation residential program waiver.
The bill makes and reduces appropriations to the department and
the department of human services to implement the bill.

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Bill: HB18-1329
Title: Supplemental Payment Durable Medical Equipment
House SponsorsB. Rankin (R)
Senate SponsorsD. Moreno (D)
Position
Intro Date03/26/2018
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill authorizes a supplemental

payment of state-only money to qualified providers of durable medical
equipment who experienced a decrease in reimbursement in the 2017-18
state fiscal year as a result of the implementation of the federal 21st
Century Cures Act.
The bill directs the department of health care policy and financing
(department) to distribute a supplemental payment to qualified providers,
as defined in the bill, and includes provisions for determining the amount
of each qualified provider's supplemental payment. The bill authorizes the
medical services board to adopt rules as necessary.
The bill appropriates general fund money to the department for the
supplemental payment to qualified providers.

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Bill: HB18-1333
Title: Concerning part C child find responsibilities of state departments, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
Position
Intro Date03/26/2018
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. Child find, part of the federal
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, requires states to identify
and serve children with disabilities. Part C of child find concerns
identifying children from birth through 2 years of age for early
intervention services. Part C child find is administered by the department

of education. Early intervention services for children through 2 years of
age are administered by the state department of human services.
The bill defines early intervention evaluations as evaluations
performed pursuant to part C child find. The bill requires the state
department of human services and the department of education to enter
into an interagency agreement (agreement) to study the administration of
early intervention evaluations. The departments are required to enter into
the agreement by October 1, 2018, and to report the results of the study
performed pursuant to the agreement to the joint budget committee by
June 30, 2019.

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Bill: HB18-1346
Title: Abuse Of Youth Under 21 In Care Of Institution
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
Position
Intro Date04/02/2018
Official Summary

The bill adds language to the crime of child abuse to include abuse
of a youth who is younger than 21 years of age and being cared for by a
facility.

The bill adds language to the definition of institutional abuse in
the Colorado Children's Code to clarify that it includes an act or omission
that threatens the life, health, or welfare of a person younger than 21 years
of age who is under the continuing jurisdiction of the court.

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Bill: HB18-1348
Title: Child Welfare Information And Services
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
R. Gardner (R)
Position
Intro Date04/02/2018
Official Summary

The bill allows foster parents access to certain information
regarding a foster child or prospective foster child, including judicial
information and education records. The bill also allows community-based
agencies and public health agencies implementing child abuse and neglect
prevention programs access to certain contact information of families that

were the subject of a referral of child abuse or neglect that did not result
in a case being opened. The bill requires that a county prioritize child care
assistance for children who are in out-of-home placement.

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Bill: HB18-1364
Title: Sunset Colorado Council Persons With Disabilities
House SponsorsL. Landgraf (R)
D. Michaelson Jenet (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
Position
Intro Date04/05/2018
Official Summary

Sunset Process - House Public Health Care and Human
Services Committee. The bill implements the recommendation of the

department of regulatory agencies to sunset the Colorado advisory council
for persons with disabilities. The bill makes conforming amendments.

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Bill: HB18-1365
Title: Primary Care Infrastructure Creation
House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
L. Sias (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
D. Moreno (D)
Position
Intro Date04/05/2018
Official Summary

The bill establishes a primary care payment reform collaborative
in the primary care office in the department of public health and
environment. To facilitate the collaborative's work, the administrator of
the all-payer health claims database is to report data on primary care
spending by private health insurers, insurers providing state employee
health benefit plans, and the department of health care policy and

financing under the state medicaid program and the children's basic health
plan.

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Bill: HB18-1376
Title: Regulate Residential Services And Supports Providers
House SponsorsD. Pabon (D)
Senate SponsorsI. Aguilar (D)
Position
Intro Date04/10/2018
Official Summary

The bill defines in statute an individual residential services and
supports provider (individual provider) as an individual who provides
residential services and supports in his or her home to one or more
persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities who receive
comprehensive services and who are not related to the individual

provider. The bill grants authority to the department of health care policy
and financing to promulgate rules and adopt the federal department of
housing and urban development housing quality standards for individual
providers. The bill also grants the department of health care policy and
financing, together with the division of housing, the authority to inspect
individual providers for compliance with standards, as well as permissible
corrective actions.

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Bill: HB18-1407
Title: Access To Disability Services And Stable Workforce
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
B. Rankin (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
D. Moreno (D)
Position
Intro Date04/19/2018
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill requires the department of
health care policy and financing (department) to seek federal approval for
a 6.5% increase in the reimbursement rate for certain services specified
in the bill that are delivered through the home- and community-based
services intellectual and developmental disabilities, supported living

services, and children's extensive supports waivers.
Service agencies shall use 100% of the increased funding resulting
from the increase in the reimbursement rate for compensation, as defined
in the bill, for direct support professionals, as defined in the bill.
The bill requires service agencies to document the use of the
increased funding for compensation using a reporting tool developed by
the department and the service agencies. The department has access to the
supporting documentation and may determine that a service agency is not
using the increased funding as required.
If the department determines that a service agency does not use
100% of the increased funding resulting from the increase in the
reimbursement rate for compensation for direct support professionals, the
service agency may take action within a specific time frame to contest the
determination or submit a corrective action plan to the department.
The department shall recoup from the service agency the amount
of funding resulting from the reimbursement rate increase that is not used
for compensation for direct support professionals.
Once sufficient data is available to assess the impact and outcomes
of the reimbursement rate increase on persons with intellectual and
developmental disabilities, the department shall include the impact and
outcome data, including staff stability survey data, in its annual report to
the general assembly concerning the waiting list for intellectual and
developmental disability services.
The bill requires the department to initiate 300 nonemergency
enrollments from the waiting list for the home- and community-based
services developmental disabilities waiver in the 2018-19 state fiscal year.
The medical services board (board) in the department shall
promulgate rules establishing additional criteria for reserve capacity
enrollments based on the age and capacity of a person's parent or
caregiver. As part of the rule-making process, the board shall solicit
stakeholder feedback from persons with intellectual and developmental
disabilities and their families. The department shall include in a monthly
report the number of persons who were moved off the developmental
disabilities waiting list for both nonemergency enrollments and reserve
capacity enrollments.

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Bill: SB18-004
Title: Funding For Full-day Kindergarten
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsA. Kerr (D)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

Under existing law, the Public School Finance Act of 1994 funds
kindergarten students as half-day pupils plus the supplemental
kindergarten enrollment. Under existing law, the supplemental
kindergarten enrollment is an additional .08 of a full-day pupil. The bill
increases the supplemental kindergarten enrollment for the 2017-18
budget year and each budget year thereafter to .15 of a full-day pupil.
The bill expresses the general assembly's intent to increase funding
annually for full-day kindergarten starting in the 2018-19 budget year and
continuing through the 2022-23 budget year so that by the 2022-23
budget year, the general assembly is funding kindergarten students as
full-day pupils.
Pursuant to referendum C passed by the voters in 2005, the state
is currently authorized to retain and spend up to a capped amount of
revenues each year that would otherwise be refunded in accordance with
the taxpayer's bill of rights. Subject to a vote of the people, the bill
authorizes the state to retain and spend all additional excess revenues
beginning in the 2017-18 fiscal year. The general assembly is required to
appropriate the additional retained money first to fund kindergarten pupils
as full-day pupils and then to fund the state's share of total program
funding. The state treasurer must transfer any amount of remaining
additional excess revenues to the state education fund. The director of
research of the legislative council must prepare an annual report
concerning how the retained excess revenues are expended. The secretary
of state is directed to place the question of whether to allow the state to
retain excess revenues on the ballot for the 2018 general election.

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Bill: SB18-007
Title: Affordable Housing Tax Credit
House SponsorsC. Duran (D)
J. Becker (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Guzman (D)
J. Tate (R)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

The bill changes the name of the existing low-income housing tax

credit to the affordable housing tax credit. This change is reflected in
sections 1 and 3 of the bill.
Section 2 extends the period during which the Colorado housing
and finance authority may allocate affordable housing tax credits from
December 31, 2019, to December 31, 2024.

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Bill: SB18-024
Title: Expand Access Behavioral Health Care Providers
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
B. Pettersen (D)
Senate SponsorsC. Jahn (D)
J. Tate (R)
Position
Intro Date01/10/2018
Official Summary

Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Interim Study
Committee. The bill modifies the Colorado health service corps program

administered by the primary care office in the department of public health
and environment as follows:
  • For purposes of determining areas in the state in which
there is a shortage of health care professionals and
behavioral health care providers to meet the needs of the
community, allows the primary care office, under guidance
adopted by the state board of health, to develop and
administer state health professional shortage areas using
state-specific methodologies;
  • Allows behavioral health care providers, which include
licensed and certified addiction counselors, licensed
professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers,
licensed marriage and family therapists, clinical
psychologists, advanced practice nurses, and physicians
certified or trained in addiction medicine, pain
management, or psychiatry, and candidates for licensure as
an addiction counselor, professional counselor, clinical
social worker, marriage and family therapist, or
psychologist, to participate in the loan repayment program
on the condition of committing to provide behavioral health
care services in health professional shortage areas for a
specified period;
  • Directs the advisory council to prioritize loan repayment
and scholarships for those behavioral health care providers,
candidates for licensure, or addiction counselors who
provide behavioral health care services in nonprofit or
public employer settings but permits consideration of
applicants practicing in a private setting that serves
underserved populations;
  • Establishes a scholarship program to help defray the
education and training costs associated with obtaining
certification as an addiction counselor or with progressing
to a higher level of certification;
  • Adds 2 members to the advisory council that reviews
program applications, which members include a
representative of an organization representing substance
use disorder treatment providers and a licensed or certified
addiction counselor who has experience in rural health,
safety net clinics, or health equity;
  • Modifies program reporting requirements and requires
annual reporting that coincides with required SMART Act
reporting by the department; and
  • Requires the general assembly to annually appropriate $2.5
million from the marijuana tax cash fund to the primary
care office to provide loan repayment for behavioral health
care providers and candidates for licensure participating in
the Colorado health service corps and to award
scholarships to addiction counselors participating in the
scholarship program.

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Bill: SB18-058
Title: Failure Report Child Abuse Statute Of Limitations
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Fields (D)
Position
Intro Date01/11/2018
Official Summary

The bill makes failure to report child abuse or neglect one of the
crimes in which the statute of limitations begins to run upon discovery of
the criminal act or the delinquent act.

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Bill: SB18-067
Title: Auction Alcohol In Sealed Container Special Events
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
K. Van Winkle (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Zenzinger (D)
Position
Intro Date01/12/2018
Official Summary

Current law prohibits:
  • A person from selling alcohol beverages at retail in sealed
containers unless the person holds a retail liquor store or

liquor-licensed drugstore license;
  • A person from removing alcohol beverages from an
establishment that is licensed under the Colorado Liquor
Code to sell alcohol beverages only for consumption on
the licensed premises; and
  • A person licensed to sell alcohol beverages at retail to have
on the licensed premises any alcohol beverage that the
licensee is not permitted under its license to sell.
These prohibitions preclude an organization holding a special
event at a premises licensed to sell alcohol beverages for consumption on
the licensed premises from bringing alcohol beverages in sealed
containers onto the premises in order to auction the alcohol beverages for
fundraising purposes.
The bill provides exceptions to these prohibitions and specifically
allows certain organizations to bring onto and remove from the premises
where the event will be held alcohol beverages in sealed containers that
were donated to or otherwise lawfully obtained by the organization and
will be used for an auction for fundraising purposes as long as the alcohol
beverages remain in sealed containers at all times and the licensee does
not realize any financial gain related to the alcohol beverage auction.
The exceptions are authorized for an organization that is eligible
to apply for a special event permit, is exempted from special event permit
requirements, or is holding a special event at a retail premises licensed to
sell alcohol beverages for on-premises consumption.
The retail value of alcohol beverages donated by a retail liquor
store, liquor-licensed drugstore, or fermented malt beverage retailer is not
included in the calculation of the $2,000 limit on the purchase of alcohol
beverages from those retailers by persons licensed to sell alcohol
beverages for on-premises consumption. Additionally, neither a retailer
that donates alcohol beverages, nor a licensee on whose premises a
special event is held, is liable for unlawful acts committed by the
organization or other person involving the donated alcohol beverages or
on the licensed premises where the event is held.
The bill applies to the following types of organizations:
  • An organization formed for a social, fraternal, patriotic,
political, or athletic purpose and not for pecuniary gain;
  • An organization that is a regularly chartered branch, lodge,
or chapter of a national organization or society organized
for social, fraternal, patriotic, political, or fraternal
purposes and is nonprofit in nature;
  • An organization that is a regularly established religious or
philanthropic institution;
  • An organization that is a state institution of higher
education; or
  • A political candidate.
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Bill: SB18-074
Title: Designate Prader-Willi Syndrome Developmental Disability
House SponsorsC. Hansen (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
Position
Intro Date01/12/2018
Official Summary

Current law does not guarantee that an individual who has the
genetic condition known as Prader-Willi syndrome will receive crucial
services and supports that are available for persons with intellectual and

developmental disabilities. The bill adds Prader-Willi syndrome to the list
of persons who have mandatory eligibility for services and supports and
also to the definition of an intellectual and developmental disability for
the purpose of receiving services and supports.

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Bill: SB18-082
Title: Physician Noncompete Exemption For Rare Disorder
House SponsorsC. Kennedy (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Zenzinger (D)
Position
Intro Date01/12/2018
Official Summary

An agreement among physicians may contain a covenant not to
compete, under which a physician who leaves the group practice may be
compelled to pay damages if he or she solicits patients who are former or
prospective patients of the group practice. The bill makes an exception in
the case of patients with a rare disorder, as determined in accordance with

nationally recognized criteria, who would otherwise not have ready access
to a physician with the necessary expertise to treat the disorder.

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Bill: SB18-084
Title: Protection Minor Victims Of Human Trafficking
House SponsorsP. Lundeen (R)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
Position
Intro Date01/16/2018
Official Summary

The bill establishes legislation to further protect minors who are
victims of human trafficking of a minor for involuntary servitude and
human trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude (minor who is a victim
of human trafficking). The term sexually exploited minor is clarified to
include a person less than 18 years of age who has been a victim of
human trafficking or has engaged in certain prostitution-related activities.

A statutory presumption is established that any person who is less
than 18 years of age who engages in conduct that would constitute
prostitution if such person were an adult is presumed to be a minor who
is a victim of human trafficking, and must be referred to the appropriate
county department of human or social services for care and services.
The bill makes conforming amendments.

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Bill: SB18-096
Title: Modernize "Mental Retardation" Terminology
House SponsorsD. Thurlow (R)
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
Position
Intro Date01/22/2018
Official Summary

Statutory Revision Committee. The bill modernizes and makes
nonsubstantive changes to provisions of statute that use terms like
mental retardation or mentally retarded by replacing the terms with
more appropriate intellectual and developmental disability language.

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Bill: SB18-114
Title: Suicide Prevention Enhance Student Life Skills
House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
B. McLachlan (D)
Senate SponsorsN. Todd (D)
Position
Intro Date01/29/2018
Official Summary

The bill encourages school districts, public schools, charter
schools, and institute charter schools (schools) to develop and adopt a
student suicide prevention policy (prevention policy) and to designate a
staff person to serve as a student suicide prevention coordinator for the
school. Each school may select the type of training and programs to use
that best suit its individual needs, but schools are encouraged to include

in prevention policies:
  • A tiered training approach for school personnel;
  • Life skills, social emotional learning, and resiliency
training for students that is integrated throughout all areas
of the curricula, to the extent possible;
  • Training for students to effectively educate their peers
about suicide risk factors, signs, and symptoms, as well as
the importance of reaching out to a trusted adult when
needed;
  • Parent education about suicide; and
  • The use of curricula and professional development
materials, training, and other resources from the office of
suicide prevention (OSP) in the department of public health
and environment (department), the school safety resource
center in the department of public safety, and the Colorado
parent and teacher association.
The student suicide prevention grant program for schools (grant
program) is created in the department, to be administered by the
department. The purpose of the grant program is to provide financial
assistance to schools in the development and implementation of
prevention policies. The grant program may authorize up to 25 grants per
year, ranging between $5,000 and $10,000. The state board of health shall
promulgate rules concerning the guidelines and criteria for the grant
program. An advisory board is created in the OSP to work in
collaboration with the department to make recommendations concerning
guidelines and criteria, assist with reviewing grant applications, and make
recommendations concerning grant awards.
The student suicide prevention grant program for schools fund is
created and authorized to accept appropriations from the general
assembly, as well as gifts, grants, and donations.
The department is required to post on its website available
evidence-based best practices and other resources for persons involved in
student suicide prevention.
The bill makes conforming amendments that authorize the existing
office of suicide prevention in statute.

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Bill: SB18-119
Title: False Imprisonment Of A Minor
House SponsorsT. Carver (R)
A. Benavidez (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
Position
Intro Date01/29/2018
Official Summary

The bill states that a person commits class 5 felony false
imprisonment if he or she confines or detains another person less than 18
years of age by means of tying, locking, caging, chaining, or otherwise
restricting that person's freedom of movement by any instrumentality for
an unreasonable amount of time under the circumstances.
The bill states that the statutory privilege between a patient and a
physician or between an individual and his or her spouse is not available
for the purpose of excluding or refusing testimony in any prosecution for

false imprisonment.

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Bill: SB18-130
Title: Repeal Carrier Reporting Requirements To Division Of Insurance
House SponsorsH. McKean (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Smallwood (R)
Position
Intro Date01/29/2018
Official Summary

Current law requires health insurance carriers to report to the
division of insurance a list of average reimbursement rates for the average
inpatient day or the average reimbursement rate for the 25 most common
inpatient procedures. The bill repeals this requirement.

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Bill: SB18-141
Title: Income Tax Check-off Nonprofit Donation Fund
House SponsorsJ. Wilson (R)
C. Hansen (D)
Senate SponsorsL. Court (D)
Position
Intro Date01/29/2018
Official Summary

Section 1 of the bill creates the donate to a Colorado nonprofit
fund (fund) in the state treasury. A voluntary contribution designation line
for the fund will appear on the state individual income tax return form
when a space becomes available and the fund is next in the queue. If the
space for the fund becomes available before January 1, 2020, the bill
requires the department of revenue (department) to hold the space for the

fund until January 1, 2020, and to include the line thereafter. The line will
allow a taxpayer receiving a refund to designate a contribution to an
eligible charitable organization (eligible organization) of their choice.
The bill requires the secretary of state to provide a list of eligible
organizations. To be eligible, an organization must be registered and in
good standing with the secretary under the Colorado Charitable
Solicitations Act and be a nonprofit that is tax exempt under section
501 (c)(3) of the internal revenue code. A charity may request to exclude
itself from the list. The department will make the list of eligible
organizations available to the public and a taxpayer may choose a single
charity from the list to receive the contribution through the fund.
Once the fund is placed on the form, the department is directed to
determine annually the total amount designated to the fund, and the total
amounts designated to each eligible organization, and to report those
amounts to the state treasurer and the general assembly. The state
treasurer is required to credit the total amount to the fund. The bill
requires the general assembly to appropriate from the fund to the
department, the secretary of state, and the state treasurer their actual,
reasonable costs for implementing the fund. The department is authorized
to contract with a private or public entity to administer the fund, but the
total fees under the contract for a given year cannot exceed 3% of the
total amount credited to the fund for that year.
After the appropriations for the administration of the fund are
deducted, the state treasurer is required to distribute the contributions to
the charities as designated by taxpayers after a reduction proportionate to
the amount deducted from the fund for administration.
Section 2 excludes the fund from the time limitations and
minimum contribution requirements imposed on voluntary contribution
funds. It also adds a limitation that a taxpayer cannot contribute to any
voluntary contribution fund or combination of voluntary contribution
funds in an amount that exceeds the amount of the taxpayer's refund.
Section 3 allows the department to share information with a
contractor if necessary to implement the fund under a contract and
requires the contractor to keep that information confidential subject to a
penalty.

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House CommitteeFinance
Senate CommitteeFinance
Hearing Date
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Hearing Room
StatusSent to the Governor (05/11/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/29/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB18-145
Title: Implement Employment First Recommendations
House SponsorsJ. Ginal (D)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
Position
Intro Date01/29/2018
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of labor and employment and the
state medical services board in the department of health care policy and
financing to promulgate rules that require all providers of supported

employment services for persons with disabilities to complete training or
earn a national certification relating to employment services. The rules
must specify time frames for completion of the training or certification.
The bill requires that the department of labor and employment's fee
schedule for rehabilitation services include the discovery process as an
alternative comprehensive assessment if appropriate for persons with
disabilities.
The bill lists annual employment data, reported by county, that the
department of health care policy and financing must collect.
The bill permits the department of labor and employment,
annually, to enter into a contract or renew an existing contract with a
vendor or vendors to provide training for persons with disabilities and
their families, educators, case managers, and employers concerning best
practices in employment first implementation. State funding for the
contract is contingent upon the department receiving at least 75% of the
contract amount through gifts, grants, or donations.
The bill corrects the repeal provision language for the employment
first advisory partnership and its duties.

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House CommitteePublic Health Care and Human Services
Senate CommitteeBusiness, Labor and Technology
Hearing Date
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StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/24/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB18-146
Title: Freestanding Emergency Departments Required Consumer Notices
House SponsorsJ. Singer (D)
L. Sias (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Kefalas (D)
J. Smallwood (R)
Position
Intro Date01/29/2018
Official Summary

The bill requires a freestanding emergency department (FSED),
whether operated by a hospital at a separate, off-campus location or
operating independently of a hospital system, to provide any individual

that enters the FSED seeking treatment a written statement of patient's
rights, which an FSED staff member or health care provider must explain
orally and which must indicate that:
  • The FSED will screen and treat the individual regardless of
ability to pay;
  • The individual has a right to ask questions about treatment
options and costs and to receive prompt and reasonable
responses;
  • The individual has a right to reject treatment;
  • The FSED encourages the individual to defer questions
until after being screened for an emergency medical
condition; and
  • The facility is an emergency medical facility that treats
emergency medical conditions, and, for FSEDs that do not
include an urgent care clinic on site, that the facility is not
an urgent care center or primary care provider.
Additionally, a FSED must post a sign specifying:
  • Whether the facility accepts patients enrolled in medicaid,
medicare, the children's basic health plan, or TRICARE;
  • The particular health insurance plans in which the FSED is
a participating provider or that the FSED is not a
participating provider in any plan networks; and
  • The price listed on the FSED's chargemaster or other fee
schedule for the 25 most common health care services it
provides.
After conducting an initial screening and determining that a patient
does not have an emergency medical condition, the FSED must provide
the patient a written disclosure that includes the information posted on the
sign, as well as the following:
  • The price listed on the FSED's chargemaster or other fee
schedule for the facility fees associated with the 25 most
common health care services the FSED provides;
  • A statement specifying that the price listed on the
chargemaster or fee schedule for any given health care
service is the maximum charge that any patient will be
billed and that the actual charge for a health care service
may be lower based on health insurance benefits and the
availability of discounts and financial assistance;
  • A statement urging a person covered by health insurance to
contact his or her health insurer for information about his
or her financial responsibility and a person who is
uninsured to contact the FSED's financial services office to
discuss payment options and the availability of financial
assistance prior to receiving nonemergency health care
services;
  • Information about the facility fees that the FSED charges;
and
  • The FSED's website address where the disclosure may be
located.
The FSED must also post the information in the written disclosure
on its website and update the written and web-based disclosure at least
once every 6 months. Additionally, the FSED must provide all
information in a clear and understandable manner and in languages
appropriate to the communities and patients it serves.
The state board of health is authorized to adopt rules to implement
and enforce the requirements of the bill.

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Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
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StatusGovernor Signed (04/25/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/13/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB18-151
Title: Colorado Department of Education Bullying Policies Research
House SponsorsJ. Buckner (D)
J. Wilson (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Priola (R)
R. Fields (D)
Position
Intro Date01/29/2018
Official Summary

The bill requires the department of education (department) to
research approaches, policies, and practices in other states related to
bullying prevention and education, and to develop a model bullying
prevention and education policy after considering its research. The
department is required to publish the results of that research and its model
policy on the department's website by July 1, 2019, as guidance for school

districts, charter schools, and the charter school institute in developing
and implementing bullying prevention and education policies. The
research and model policy must be updated and published every 3 years.

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House CommitteeEducation
Senate CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
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StatusGovernor Signed (04/23/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/06/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB18-161
Title: Repeal Behavioral Health Transformation Council
House SponsorsT. Kraft-Tharp (D)
L. Landgraf (R)
Senate SponsorsJ. Smallwood (R)
Position
Intro Date02/05/2018
Official Summary

The bill repeals the behavioral health transformation council
(council). Section 1 of the bill repeals the council, and section 2 repeals
the automatic termination date of the council pursuant to the sunset law.
Sections 3 to 6 make conforming amendments.

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StatusGovernor Signed (04/12/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/07/2018)
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Bill: SB18-174
Title: Service Providers For Persons With Developmental Disabilities
House SponsorsL. Sias (R)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
Position
Intro Date02/21/2018
Official Summary

The bill defines case management agency and adds a case
management agency to the definition of provider that provides services
and supports to persons with developmental disabilities. The bill requires
providers and service agencies to operate pursuant to department of health
care policy and financing rules.

Under existing law, a person with a developmental disability
cannot maintain a liability action against a provider unless the person
claiming the injury has filed for dispute resolution by the department of
human services or a community-centered board. The bill adds the
department of health care policy and financing and case management
agencies to the list of entities to which a person may file for dispute
resolution.
The bill identifies a person with a developmental disability who is
served in a residential setting as a tenant of the provider and allows
property rights to accrue for such a tenant.
Under existing law, a provider that accepts a referral for
community placement from the department of human services is not
subject to liability for accepting the person for community placement. The
bill removes liability when accepting a referral from the department of
health care policy and financing.
Except in emergencies, the bill requires person-centered planning
to occur prior to removing a person with a developmental disability from
a residential setting when the person may be at risk of abuse, neglect,
mistreatment, exploitation, or other harm. In an emergency, such
person-centered planning must occur as soon as possible following
removal. The bill authorizes case management agencies to remove a
person with a developmental disability from a residential setting and
subjects those agencies to the same standards of liability as other entities
authorized to remove such persons from residential settings.

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Senate CommitteeLocal Government
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StatusGovernor Signed (04/23/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (02/26/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB18-213
Title: Transfer Academic Credits For Division Of Youth Services Youths
House SponsorsL. Herod (D)
Senate SponsorsB. Martinez Humenik (R)
Position
Intro Date03/19/2018
Official Summary

Under current law, when a student in out-of-home placement
transfers from one school to another school, the sending school must
certify to the receiving school or school district the course work that the
student has fully or partially completed while enrolled at the school. The
receiving school or school district must accept the student's certified

course work and the course work certified by previous schools in which
the student was enrolled, as reflected in the student's records, as if it had
been completed at the receiving school. The receiving school or school
district must apply all of the student's certified course work toward
completion of the student's requirements for graduating from the grade
level in which the student is enrolled at the receiving school or school
district or for graduation from the receiving school or school district if the
student is enrolled in twelfth grade.
The bill requires receiving schools and school districts to follow
the same procedures for a student who transfers to a school or school
district from a division of youth services placement.

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Senate CommitteeEducation
Hearing Date
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StatusSent to the Governor (05/11/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/23/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB18-214
Title: Request Self-sufficiency Waiver Medicaid Program
House SponsorsS. Beckman (R)
Senate SponsorsL. Crowder (R)
Position
Intro Date03/19/2018
Official Summary

The bill directs the department of health care policy and financing
(department) to prepare and submit a waiver to the federal government
requesting authority to implement certain self-sufficiency provisions as
part of the Colorado medical assistance program (medicaid). The bill:
  • Requires able-bodied adults as a condition of eligibility for

medicaid to become employed, actively seek employment,
attend job or vocational training, or volunteer at a nonprofit
organization; except that this requirement does not apply to
certain persons specified in the bill;
  • Requires able-bodied adults to verify income monthly for
determination of eligibility;
  • Authorizes the department to prohibit enrollment in
medicaid if a person fails to report a change in family
income or makes a false statement regarding compliance
with the work requirement;
  • Establishes a lifetime limit on medicaid benefits of 5 years,
and includes persons excepted from the limit; and
  • Authorizes the department to impose copayments to deter
the use of emergency departments and ambulance services
for nonemergency services and nonemergency
transportation.
The bill requires the department to report to the general assembly
regarding the preparation, submission, approval, implementation, and
outcome of the self-sufficiency waiver provisions.

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Hearing Room
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (03/29/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (03/28/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB18-224
Title: Subsidization Adoption Special Needs
House Sponsors
Senate SponsorsJ. Smallwood (R)
Position
Intro Date04/02/2018
Official Summary

The bill updates provisions of the state's adoption assistance
program (adoption program) that provides cash subsidies and other
noncash benefits to families who adopt children who, because of one or
more special needs, might not otherwise be adopted. The department of
human services (state department) administers the adoption program in
conjunction with county departments of human or social services (county

department). The state department is required to keep data on the
adoption program to help evaluate the adoption program's ongoing
effectiveness in providing stability to families involved in special needs
adoptions. As appropriate, the state department, a county department, or
a nonprofit child placement agency is required to provide prospective
adoptive families, at the time of application, with information on the
various benefits available through the adoption program.
The bill outlines eligibility for the adoption program and the
available benefits. Specific benefits for an adoption made through the
adoption program are detailed in a written adoption assistance agreement
(agreement) that addresses the unique needs of the eligible child or youth
to be adopted. The terms of an agreement are negotiated between all
parties involved. Determination of the type and amount of benefits to be
provided through the adoption program must take into consideration the
circumstances of the adopting family and the needs of the child or youth
being adopted. The agreement must be reviewed at least every 3 years,
but may be reviewed sooner at the request of the adoptive parents.
The adoptive parents may appeal any decision made pursuant to
the provisions of the adoption program with a hearing before an
administrative law judge in accordance with the State Administrative
Procedure Act.

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Hearing Room
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (04/12/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/11/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB18-231
Title: Transition to Community-based Services Task Force
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
D. Moreno (D)
Position
Intro Date04/05/2018
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill establishes a task force for
transition planning to make recommendations on improvements for the

transition of individuals with disabilities who are receiving services and
supports in an educational setting to receiving services and supports
through home- and community-based services. It specifies membership
on the task force and duties including making a report to specified
committees of the general assembly.

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Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusSent to the Governor (05/16/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/06/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB18-237
Title: Out-of-network Providers Carriers Required Notices
House SponsorsD. Esgar (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
Position
Intro Date04/09/2018
Official Summary

Under current law, when a health care provider who is not under
a contract with a health insurer, and is therefore an out-of-network
provider, renders health care services to a person covered under a health
benefit plan at a facility that is part of the provider network under the plan
(in-network facility), the health insurer is required to cover the services
of the out-of-network provider at the in-network benefit level and at no
greater cost to the covered person than if the services were provided by
an in-network provider.
The bill specifies that the in-network benefit level also applies to
emergency services provided to a covered person by an out-of-network
provider or at an out-of-network facility.
The bill also requires health care facilities, providers, and health
insurers to provide disclosures to consumers about the potential effects
of receiving nonemergency services from an out-of-network provider or
emergency services at an out-of-network facility. The commissioner of
insurance, the director of the division of professions and occupations, and
the state board of health are directed to adopt rules detailing the
disclosure requirements imposed on carriers, providers, and health
facilities.
Additionally, if a covered person receives nonemergency services
provided by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility or
emergency services provided by an out-of-network provider or at an
out-of-network facility and pays the out-of-network provider or facility
an amount in excess of the required cost-sharing amount, the
out-of-network provider or facility must refund the overpayment and must
pay interest on the overpayment if the provider or facility fails to timely
refund the overpayment.

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Senate CommitteeHealth and Human Services
Hearing Date
Hearing Time
Hearing Room
StatusSenate Committee on Health & Human Services Postpone Indefinitely (04/18/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/17/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB18-252
Title: Competency to Proceed Evaluations And Services
House SponsorsP. Lee (D)
D. Young (D)
Senate SponsorsR. Gardner (R)
K. Lambert (R)
Position
Intro Date04/17/2018
Official Summary

The bill makes numerous changes to statutes related to the process
of determination of competency to proceed in a criminal case.
Sections 1 and 2 of the bill updates the definitions section that
uses outdated terminology of a developmental disability to now
reference intellectual and developmental disability.
Section 3 of the bill makes changes in the regulation of a second

competency evaluation (evaluation) requested by the court, including
reducing the time frame that the prosecution or defense may request a
second evaluation from 14 days to 7 days and clarifying that the
department of human services (department) is not responsible for
conducting a second evaluation.
Section 4 of the bill concerns changes to competency evaluations
and reports, including that:
  • If a defendant is eligible for bond, they must be released on
bond on condition that he or she cooperate with an
evaluation on an outpatient and out-of-custody (outpatient)
basis;
  • For misdemeanors, petty offenses, and traffic offenses,
excluding crimes considered victim's rights crimes, the
court shall grant bond without a monetary condition, on the
condition the defendant cooperates with the evaluation
process on an outpatient basis;
  • Bond must not be granted if the court determines the
defendant is likely to willfully fail to appear or is likely to
be a danger to himself or herself or others in the reasonably
foreseeable future. In such case, the evaluation must be
conducted at the place at which the defendant is in custody.
  • If the defendant is in the custody of the department and the
department recommends an inpatient evaluation, the court
may so order such evaluation. A sheriff in the jurisdiction
where the defendant is to return after the evaluation shall
pick up the defendant within 72 hours after receiving notice
that the evaluation is complete.
  • The competency evaluation report (report) must include:
  • If the defendant is determined to be incompetent to
proceed, whether or not there is a substantial
probability that he or she can be restored to
competency within the allowable time frame and
whether inpatient or outpatient restoration services
are recommended;
  • If available, information on previous evaluations or
restoration services provided to the defendant; and
  • If the defendant meets the criteria for civil
certification.
Sections 5 and 6 of the bill outline procedures to follow after a
determination of competency or incompetency to proceed, including that:
  • If the defendant is released on bond, a determination of
whether restoration services are to be provided on an
outpatient or inpatient basis. If the defendant is ordered to
outpatient restoration services and he or she is
uncooperative or fails to begin services, the individual
agency responsible for providing restoration services shall
notify the court within 45 days;
  • If the defendant remains in custody, a determination of the
most suitable location to provide restoration services;
  • If outpatient restoration services have been ordered, the
court shall review the case every 30 days to assess the
defendant's progress toward restoration to competency;
  • If outpatient restoration services have been ordered and the
department is unable to provide such services, the court
may commit the defendant to the department's custody until
outpatient services are available; and
  • If inpatient restoration services have been ordered, the most
clinically appropriate setting must be used.
Section 7 of the bill outlines the options for reviews, civil
certification (certification), provision of services for persons with
intellectual and developmental disabilities (provision of services), and
termination of proceedings (termination), including that:
  • Time periods for review and final determinations related to
certification, provision of services, and termination are
established for different levels of offenses;
  • In no instance may confinement exceed the maximum
sentence for the crime charged, and time is calculated to
include aggregate time spent in custody;
  • At the end of any maximum amount of time, the court shall
dismiss the charges with prejudice;
  • The court is required to review the case of a defendant
determined to be incompetent to proceed at least every 3
months, using a report from the individual or entity
responsible for evaluating the defendant. The court shall
review the defendant's competency, whether there is a
substantial probability he or she will be restored to
competency within the allowable time frame, and if the
defendant meets the criteria for certification or the
provision of services.
  • Based on the level of the crime involved (misdemeanor,
petty offense, traffic offense, excluding victim's rights
offenses; class 5 or class 6 felony, excluding victim's rights
offenses; or any other felony offenses, excluding class 1 or
class 2 felonies, any sex offenses, and crimes of violence),
the court shall determine, at the appropriate review time
and as applicable, whether:
  • The charges must be dismissed;
  • The defendant meets the criteria for certification;
  • The defendant meets the criteria for provision of
services; or
  • The defendant presents a substantial and
unacceptable risk to the safety of himself or herself
or of the community and should remain in the
custody of the department.
  • In all cases except those involving class 1 or class 2
felonies, sex offenses, and crimes of violence, if, after 3
years in confinement, the defendant has not been restored
to competency, the charges against the defendant must be
dismissed;
  • Certification proceedings may be brought against a
defendant at any time; and
  • The party contesting a defendant's release bears the burden
of proving, by clear and convincing evidence, that the
defendant continues to present a substantial and
unacceptable risk to the safety of himself or herself or of
the community in the reasonably foreseeable future.

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Senate CommitteeJudiciary
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StatusHouse Consideration of First Conference Committee Report result was to Adopt Committee Report - Repass (05/09/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (05/03/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB18-254
Title: Child Welfare Reforms
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
B. Rankin (R)
Senate SponsorsK. Lambert (R)
D. Moreno (D)
Position
Intro Date04/17/2018
Official Summary

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:
  • Changes the number of and process for appointments to the
child welfare allocations committee; and
  • Requires the development of a child welfare system
funding model.
Section 6 of the bill:
  • Increases the percentage that counties are reimbursed by
the state for adoption and relative guardianship subsidies
from 80% to 90%;
  • Formalizes the input process of the child welfare
allocations committee;
  • Allows the department of human services (state
department) to submit supplemental budget requests for
increases in out-of-home placement provider rates and
adoption and relative guardianship expenditures;
  • Modifies language concerning negotiations between county
departments and providers for out-of-home placement
rates;
  • Requires capacity evaluations in counties or regions;
  • Requires the state department to perform an analysis and
cost projections to determine the fiscal impact on the state
for changes in federal reimbursement rates for child
welfare expenditures that result from the federal Family
First Prevention Services Act of 2018;
  • Modifies the close-out process for child welfare
expenditures; and
  • Creates a child welfare prevention and intervention
services cash fund into which unspent general fund money
allocated to county departments through block allocations
are transferred for sustainability of state-approved
prevention and intervention programs and services.
Section 8 of the bill creates the delivery of child welfare services
task force.

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StatusGovernor Signed (05/18/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/23/2018)
VotesVotes all Legislators

Bill: SB18-266
Title: Controlling Medicaid Costs
House SponsorsD. Young (D)
Senate SponsorsK. Lundberg (R)
Position
Intro Date04/20/2018
Official Summary

Joint Budget Committee. The bill directs the department of
health care policy and financing (department) to provide information to
providers participating in the accountable care collaborative regarding:

  • Cost and quality of medical services provided by hospitals
and other medicaid providers; and
  • Cost and quality of available pharmaceuticals prescribed by
medicaid providers.
The department may make the same information available to other
medicaid providers.
The department shall automatically review claims to identify and
correct improper coding prior to payment and may obtain commercial
technology to conduct the reviews.
The department is authorized to pursue cost-control strategies,
value-based payments, and other approaches to reduce the rate of
expenditure growth in the medicaid program. The department shall allow
recipients, providers, and stakeholders an opportunity to comment and
shall report to the joint budget committee prior to implementing any
strategies or measures. The department is required to contract for an
independent evaluation of any measures pursued and to provide reports
to the joint budget committee on the evaluations.
Subject to federal approval, the department is also directed to
design and implement an evidence-based hospital review program to
ensure that utilization of hospital services is based on a recipient's need
for care. Prior to implementing any changes, the department shall allow
recipients, providers, and stakeholders an opportunity to comment and
shall report to the joint budget committee. The department shall also
report to the joint budget committee on the estimated savings from the
changes.

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StatusSent to the Governor (05/11/2018)
Fiscal NotesFiscal Notes (04/23/2018)
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