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.
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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.
Please read the Call to Action below to learn exactly what you can do to right now to help this bill move forward.
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.
If you have additional questions please contact Tom Kinrade, CALA President at 303-589-6621, firstname.lastname@example.org or Corky Kyle CALA lobbyist at 303-263-5422, email@example.com.
Here is a list of Senate Health & Human Services Committee members.
Chairman: Sen. Betty Boyd (D) 303-866-4857 firstname.lastname@example.org
V-Chairman: Sen. Linda Newell (D) 303-866-4846 email@example.com
Sen. Irene Aguilar (D) 303-866-4852 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Jeanne Nicholson (D) 303-866-4873 email@example.com
Sen. Joyce Foster (D) 303-866-4875 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Kevin Lundberg (R) 303-866-4853 email@example.com
Sen. Sean Mitchell (R) 303-866-4876 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sen. Ellen Roberts (R) (our sponsor) 303-866-4884 email@example.com
Sen. Jean White (R) 303-866-5292 firstname.lastname@example.org
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".
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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