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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 lawmakers work to strengthen pipeline of geriatric providers

Eli Kirshbaum | Apr 22, 2022 | Colorado

Colorado’s ability to provide care to its nation-leading elderly population is “severely lacking,” according to Sen. Jessie Danielson (D - Lakewood), the sponsor of a new bill to fortify the state’s geriatric provider pipeline. Senate Bill 189 would create the Multidisciplinary Geriatric Provider Pipeline program at the University of Colorado...[ Read More ]

CDPHE outlines their legislative priorities

| Mar 10, 2022 | Colorado

As the legislative session progresses, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) continues to focus on promoting the health of Coloradans through multiple different silos.   CDPHE recently told State of Reform about their legislative priorities for the 2022 session. These include modernizing air pollution reduction strategies, ensuring scalability...[ Read More ]

Lawmakers work to protect 340B entities from PBM practices

| Mar 3, 2022 | Colorado

Supporters of a bipartisan initiative in Colorado to restrict discriminatory pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) practices say the contracting practices of PBMs and other third-party payers is reducing medication access for 340B-covered patients. House Bill 1122, sponsored by Rep. Perry Will (R - New Castle), would prohibit PBMs from reimbursing a...[ Read More ]

5 Things Colorado: Health bills, Nursing home funding, Naloxone access

| Feb 10, 2022 | Colorado

With the impacts of the omicron variant winding down, COVID cases in Colorado have steeply declined since their peak in mid-January. While hospitalizations have also decreased, residual workforce shortages continue to impact health facilities in the state. Read about some of the state's efforts to address these shortages below. This month's newsletter...[ Read More ]

Bipartisan bill to modernize 59-year-old Older Coloradans Act emerges in legislature

| Feb 8, 2022 | Colorado

The Older Coloradans Act might be getting a significant update by the end of the year, with a new bill in the Colorado Legislature seeking to modify the Colorado Commission on Aging, make changes to the Colorado Office of Aging, and establish a new “Lifelong Colorado” initiative. Bill sponsors Reps....[ Read More ]