BILL SUMMARY for HB09-1204
SENATE COMMITTEE ON HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
|Votes: View--> ||Action Taken: |
|Adopt prepared amendment L.005 (Attachment I). Th|
Adopt prepared amendment L.006 (Attachment J). Th
Refer House Bill 09-1204, as amended, to the Commi
|Pass Without Objection|
Pass Without Objection
06:59 PM -- House Bill 09-1204
Senator Boyd introduced House Bill 09-1204. The bill expands the required coverage for preventive health care services provided under individual and small group health insurance policies according to recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. She outlined the specific services required to be covered by the bill and distributed a letter of support for the bill (Attachment H) and two amendments, L.005 and L.006 (Attachments I and J). She testified that the mandated services required by the bill are the services that have been found to have a large impact on preventing the morbidity of patients. She responded to questions from Senator Tochtrop regarding whether the bill requires coverage of prostate cancer screening. She responded to questions from Senator Lundberg regard whether the bill will increase health insurance costs.
07:10 PM -- Vanessa Hanneman, representing the Colorado Association of Health Plans, testified in support of the bill. She testified that coverage for preventive services should be in coordination with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. She stated that prevention does cost money, but that it is a long-term investment. She distributed a booklet entitled "Colorado Health Plan and Hospital Quality Report - A State of Quality" to the committee (Attachment K).
(Attachment K can be viewed at State Archives)
07:13 PM -- Cindy Palmer, representing San Luis Valley HMO, testified in support of the bill and addressed the bill's fiscal note. She stated that the recommendations contained in the bill were driven by groups who study recommended preventive services and their potential cost savings. Ms. Palmer responded to comments from Senator Schultheis regarding the bill's potential for cost savings. Ms. Palmer responded to additional questions from Senator Lundberg regarding whether the bill increases insurance costs.
07:30 PM -- Susan Cox, representing Kaiser Permanente, testified that Kaiser is comfortable with the bill. She testified that preventive services cost money, but that Kaiser provides preventive services because they catch diseases early, and provide an opportunity for a patient to be cured. Ms. Cox responded to questions from Senator Lundberg regarding the bill's potential to increase health insurance costs. She responded to additional questions from Senator Newell. Ms. Cox further responded to questions from Senator Lundberg regarding cost savings associated with preventive health services.
07:47 PM -- Cindy Palmer, representing San Luis Valley HMO, returned to the table to respond to the questions regarding the services listed in the bill and how services are added to the list of required coverage. She responded to additional questions from Senator Schultheis regarding amendments to the bill made in the House of Representatives.
Senator Boyd gave concluding remarks regarding the bill.
|TIME: || 07:53:03 PM|
|MOTION:||Refer House Bill 09-1204, as amended, to the Committee on Appropriations. The motion passed on a 3-2 roll call vote, with 3 members excused.|
Final YES: 3 NO: 2 EXC: 3 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
The committee recessed.