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.
2016 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.
|HB16-1142||Rural & Frontier Health Care Preceptor Tax Credit|
|SB16-069||Community Paramedicine Regulation|
|HB16-1160||Sunset Surgical Assistants Surgical Technicians|
|SB16-078||Assisted Living Facilitator Competency Requirement|
|SB16-081||Rural Economic Emergency Assistance Grant Program|
|SB16-094||District Public Health Agency Costs By County|
|SB16-169||Emergency 72-hour Mental Health Procedures|
|HB16-1408||Cash Fund Allocations For Health-related Programs|
|HB16-1420||CO Healthcare Affordability & Sustainability Enter|
|HB16-1421||Allocate Additional FY 2016-17 Gen Fund Revenues|
Bills being Monitored
|HB16-1047||Interstate Medical Licensure Compact|
|HB16-1065||Income Tax Credit For Home Health Care|
|SB16-027||Medicaid Option For Prescribed Drugs By Mail|
|HB16-1034||Emergency Medical Responder Registration Program|
|HB16-1054||End-of-life Options For Terminally Ill Individuals|
|HB16-1081||Obsolete Reporting Dept Health Care Policy & Fin|
|HB16-1097||PUC Permit For Medicaid Transportation Providers|
|HB16-1101||Medical Decisions For Unrepresented Patients|
|HB16-1201||Health Professionals Companion Animals|
|SB16-002||Health Exchange Voter Approval To Impose Tax|
|HB16-1277||Appeal Process For Changes To Medicaid Benefits|
|HB16-1280||Update Air Ambulance Regulation|
|SB16-120||Review By Medicaid Client For Billing Fraud|
|SB16-127||Repeal Medical Clean Claims Task Force|
|SB16-134||Professional Licensing For Military Veterans|
|SB16-135||Collaborative Pharmacy Practice Agreements|
|HB16-1336||Study Single Geographic Area Individual Health Plans|
|HB16-1374||Required Notice & Disclosures Freestanding ERs|
|SB16-158||Physician Duties Delegated To Physician Assistant|
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
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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