Policy & Advocacy
2018 Session – Official Positions
Click on the drop-down menus below to see which bills CRHC has taken a position on in each category. Bill numbers link to brief descriptions of the proposed legislation and additional information.
|HB18-1003||Opioid Misuse Prevention|
|HB18-1007||Substance Use Disorder Payment And Coverage|
|HB18-1017||Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact|
|HB18-1032||Access Medical Records State Emergency Medical Services Patient Care Database|
|HB18-1045||Dental Hygienist Apply Silver Diamine Fluoride|
|SB18-013||Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act|
|HB18-1260||Prescription Drug Price Transparency|
|SB18-168||Medication-assisted Treatment Through Pharmacies|
2018 Snapshot of Rural Health
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Policy & Advocacy
CRHC’s policy & advocacy program is committed to improving healthcare services available in rural communities.
The core components of CRHC’s policy and advocacy program are the following:
• Review bills and proposed regulations at the state and federal level
• Take positions on bills and proposed regulations
• Monitor policy trends at the state and federal level
• Establish relationships with policymakers
• Communicate policy information to the broadest audience possible, and
• Serve as a conduit of information between rural Colorado, Denver and Washington DC.
2016 Session Final Report
The Colorado Rural Health Center’s 2016 Legislative Session Report is divided into four categories:
- Healthcare Access and Affordability
- Workforce and Scope of Practice
- Transparency and Reporting Requirements
- Sustaining Rural Healthcare
2017 Session Final Report will be posted at the end of Session
Positions and Correlated Actions
CRHC’s policy staff works with members and stakeholders on the Policy and legislative Committee (PLC) to review bills and proposed regulations at the state and federal level. After careful review, CRHC’s Board of Directors can choose to take formal positions (support or oppose) or to monitor specific pieces of legislation. Each designation comes with specific actions:
Stay up-to-date on the latest in rural health policy on the state and federal level. We are your go-to resource for accurate information on issues that affect you.
Join the Policy and Legislative Committee (PLC)
The PLC serves as CRHC’s advisory council on legislation that affects our members. During session, committee members meet with CRHC ever other week to review positions on bills and to discuss rural health policy. Get involved!
Learn More about Policy
The legislative process is meant to facilitate public conversations about issues. But it’s pretty confusing. This workshop was presented at Colorado Rural Health Center’s 2015 Forum conference. Kelly Erb, Policy Program Coordinator, discusses key strategies and presents creative case studies to help you take your organization’s direct advocacy and grassroots efforts to the next level. Explore state and local-level political shifts and legislative trends, and tools to help you follow the action.
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