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Op-Ed: Passage of behavioral health bill welcomes Coloradans with lived experience to engage in system reform

| May 11, 2022 | Colorado

As the Commissioner of the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA), which is now officially set to launch on July 1, I feel renewed hope. The passage of House Bill 22-1278 marks a momentous and historical shift in the way Coloradans will experience and receive behavioral health care. HB22-1278, sponsored by Representatives...[ Read More ]

Colorado set to adjourn 2022 legislature with business left unfinished

| May 11, 2022 | Colorado

Lawmakers are attempting to pass some 200 bills left on the calendar before the 73rd Colorado General Assembly adjourns on Wednesday. Tuesday saw a flurry of activity as both chambers moved bills through their final passage.     Despite being outnumbered in both the House and Senate, Republicans repeatedly drew...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Health billing legislation, Q&A w/ Morgan Medlock, Support for older Coloradans

| May 10, 2022 | Colorado

The Colorado Legislature is set to adjourn on Wednesday after a busy session largely focused on the development of the Behavioral Health Administration, health care support for older Coloradans, and health care billing and payment reform. See our coverage of some of this legislation, as well as an insightful conversation with...[ Read More ]

Colorado passes harsher penalties for fentanyl possession and distribution

| May 10, 2022 | Colorado

House Bill 1326 passed Third Reading in the Colorado Senate on Friday by a final vote of 24-8. The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for final vote on Senate amendments before making its way to the governor’s desk.      The bill would make possession of fentanyl...[ Read More ]

Colorado's record budget focuses on pandemic recovery

| May 6, 2022 | Colorado

Governor Jared Polis approved the legislature’s historic $36.4 billion state budget on April 25th. The budget appropriates $17.6 billion in total funds to health care related spending for the coming fiscal year.  Health care has been a key focus for lawmakers as officials address the lingering effects of the pandemic...[ Read More ]

Colorado poised to pass bill requiring hospital price transparency for medical debt collection

| May 4, 2022 | Colorado

House Bill 1285 unanimously passed Third Reading in the Senate on Tuesday, positioning the bill to be signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis. The bill would prohibit a hospital from pursuing collection actions against a patient for medical services if the hospital is not in compliance with federal hospital...[ Read More ]