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Looking back on session, Colorado lawmakers highlight progress on behavioral health, care for older Coloradans, and more

| May 18, 2022 | Colorado

In a historic session that saw the passage of the largest state budget on record, Colorado lawmakers adjourned the 73rd General Assembly on May 11th on a productive note. Of the 650 pieces of legislation introduced at the capitol this year, 132 bills were passed by the legislature and acted...[ Read More ]

In final hours of session, Colorado passes revised fentanyl penalty bill with exceptions for unknown possession

| May 12, 2022 | Colorado

In the last hours of Colorado’s 2022 legislative session, House Bill 1326 re-passed in the House with a vote of 35-30 on Wednesday. Leading up to the vote, a bipartisan conference committee reached an agreement after the House failed to approve Senate amendments earlier this week. The bill now just...[ Read More ]

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 ]