SUMMARY for HJR09-1026
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
|Votes: View--> ||Action Taken: |
|Moved to adopt prepared amendment L.001 (Attachmen|
Moved to refer House Joint Resolution 09-1026, as
|Pass Without Objection|
02:54 PM -- House Joint Resolution 09-1026
Representative Acree presented House Joint Resolution 09-1026, which establishes a 7-member legislative interim committee to study waiting lists for Medicaid home- and community-based services waiver programs for children with developmental disabilities. She stated that while this topic has been studied as recently as 2007, there are still over 900 children on waiting lists for services. She stated that funding for the committee will come from gifts, grants,and donations. She stated that the interim committee will create a long-term strategy to address the waiting list for services. Staff provided copies of the recommendations of the 2007 Interim Committee on Long-Term Care Services and Support to Persons with Developmental Disabilities, and a summary of bills related to Persons with Developmental Disabilities from the 2008 session (Attachments C and D respectively).
03:00 PM -- Christy Blakely, Family Voices Colorado, spoke in favor of the bill. She urged the committee to address the issue. She provided a handout to the committee (Attachment E).
03:05 PM -- Lisa Schwartz, representing herself and her daughter, spoke in favor of the resolution. Ms. Schwartz explained that her daughter was born with a rare chromosome disorder. Ms. Schwartz stated that during the 2008 legislative session, money was appropriated to fund services for approximately 620 children on the waiting list. She stated that her child was one of the 620 children that was taken off the waiting list and is currently receiving services. She stated that she and her husband have been and are fiscally responsible individuals. She explained to the committee that in the first month of her daughter's life, they accrued approximately $26,000 in medical bills. She stated that the $26,000 was their portion after the insurance company paid their portion. She encouraged the committee to pass the resolution.
03:10 PM -- Amendment L.001 was distributed to the committee (Attachment F).
Representative Acree provided a wrap-up to the resolution.
|BILL:||House Joint Resolution 09-1026 |
|TIME: || 03:15:32 PM|
|MOTION:||Moved to refer House Joint Resolution 09-1026, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a 10-0 roll call vote.|
Final YES: 10 NO: 0 EXC: 1 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
Representative Riesberg advised the committee to watch the calendar as bills may be coming over from the Senate. He announced that Senate Bill 09-239, Sunset Review of the State Board of Nursing, will be heard on April 23, 2009. The committee adjourned.