Learn about SB12-128 (SB128)

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The excerpt below is from a letter to the CALA Board Members.  It is just one example of how CALA is working for the Assisted Living community.  Please note the valuable links below and share as needed.

Board Members,

Here is my update on the ALR Billing meeting that we had with HCPF yesterday........

Every ALR in attendance and on the phone had an opportunity to share their problems with processing claims and reimbursement issues with the HCPF staff.  I got the impression that they did not know the severity of the problem. They were very professional and made the commitment to work with us on the problems we shared with them.

Shown below are two links that the department sent over to me this morning. These links will help people with any of their problems.

Corky Kyle, MPA, CAE


https://www.colorado.gov/hcpf/provider-resources

https://www.colorado.gov/hcpf/known-issues


With the help of our Government Relations Committee and our Lobbyist Corky Kyle we have been able to introduce legislation into the current legislative session.

Please Read this Entire Page!

Senate bill SB12-128, was assigned to the Senate Health & Human Services Committee. It is scheduled to be heard on Thursday, February 9th, 1:30PM.

Here is the summary of the bill:

The bill establishes the 3-year alternative care facilities pilot program (pilot program) designed to increase the utilization of alternative care facilities in the medicaid program. Alternative care facilities participating in the pilot program will receive a reimbursement for notmore than 1000 clients equal to $3000 per client, per month, after considering the client portion of the cost, to provide long-term care services to clients who have been residing in a nursing facility prior to the referral to an alternative care facility. The single entry point agency shall assess the client residing in a nursing facility to determine whether the client will achieve the same or better health outcomes and client satisfaction in the alternative care facility.

On or before September 1, 2013, September 1, 2014, and September 1, 2015, the department of health care policy and financing shall report to the joint budget committee of the general assembly and the health and human services committee of the senate and the health and environment committee of the house of representatives concerning the design, implementation, and outcomes of the pilot program on client health outcomes, costs, and client satisfaction.

The pilot program repeals on July 1, 2016.

Please Read the bill yourself to see exactly what it says. Distortions are already spreading about it.

Click Here to read SB12-128

You can watch the video for a short Q&A that was held to talk about the bill.

You can also get some more information by reading the Talking Points Letter below.

Click Here to read SB12-128 Talking Points

How can you help?

Please read the Call to Action below to learn exactly what you can do to right now to help this bill move forward.

Click Here to read SB12-128 Call to Action

The Nursing Home industry does oppose this bill for some obvious reasons. Though there will be some long term benfits to Nursing Homes because of the expanded ability of the entire senior care industries for better care for seniors and to meet the increasing demand there is going to be because of the incoming boomers.

Please read the following document with the nursing home industries perspective on this bill and our reply to it.

Click Here to read Nursing Home Industry White Paper in Opposition to SB12-128 with our reply

If you have additional questions please contact Tom Kinrade, CALA President at 303-589-6621, tkinrade@gmail.com or Corky Kyle CALA lobbyist at 303-263-5422, ckyle@thekylegroup.com.

Here is a list of Senate Health & Human Services Committee members.

Chairman: Sen. Betty Boyd (D) 303-866-4857 betty.boyd.senate@state.co.us

V-Chairman: Sen. Linda Newell (D) 303-866-4846 linda.newell.senate@gmail.com

Members:

Sen. Irene Aguilar (D) 303-866-4852 irene.aguilar.senate@state.co.us

Sen. Jeanne Nicholson (D) 303-866-4873 jeanne.nicholson.senate@state.co.us

Sen. Joyce Foster (D) 303-866-4875 joyce.foster.senate@state.co.us

Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R) 303-866-4853 kevin@kevinlundberg.com

Sen. Sean Mitchell (R) 303-866-4876 shawnmitch@aol.com

Sen. Ellen Roberts (R) (our sponsor) 303-866-4884 ellen.roberts.senate@state.co.us

Sen. Jean White (R) 303-866-5292 jean.white.senate@state.co.us

We have added a special link in our members only section on the Government Relations page on the website.

There are several pieces of legislation that our Government Relations Committee are tracking through this years legislative session. The links will give you access to exactly what is going on with each of the bills.

The information is updated on a daily basis.

You will need to sign in with your username (your email) and your password. If you don't know your password just click the "forgot password" link at the bottom of the login form.

Here is the link on the website. To get back to this link you can find this page again in the left column of the website under "Government Relations".

Click here for the Government Relations and Representation page.

Additionally if you sign in to your Member Profile you can view who your State Senator and Representative based on the address of your membership.

You can view them here in the email as well. If this information is not filled out and you want it updated please reply to this email.

You can also get the information at www.votesmart.org

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