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2017 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.

2017 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.

Bills Supported

Bills Supported

SB17-033 Delegate Dispensing Over-the-counter Medications
SB17-057 Colorado Healthcare Affordability & Sustainability Enterprise
HB17-1057 Interstate Physical Therapy Licensure Compact
HB17-1094 Telehealth Coverage Under Health Benefit Plans
HB17-1115 Direct Primary Health Care Services
HB17-1187 Change Excess State Revenues Cap Growth Factor
SB17-137 Sunset Health Service Corps Advisory Council
SB17-146 Access To Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

Bills being Monitored

Bills being Monitored

SB17-064 License Freestanding Emergency Departments
HB17-1121 Patient Safety Act
HB17-1139 Medicaid Provider Compliance Billing Safety Rules
SB17-193 Research Center Prevention Substance Abuse Addiction

Bills Opposed

Bills Opposed

SB17-003 Repeal Colorado Health Benefit Exchange
SB17-065 Transparency In Direct Pay Health Care Prices

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

Read the Report

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:


CRHC will participate in grassroots engagement of membership and policy makers via letters of support, factsheets, legislative testimony, and any additional appropriate actions.


CRHC will monitor and track the bill.


CRHC will participate in grassroots engagement of membership and policy makers via letters of support, factsheets, legislative testimony, and any additional appropriate actions.

Policy Resources

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.


Map Resources

Geography can shape all aspects of life and is integral to making informed policy decisions. Here you can view a small selection of relevant maps.

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