(May 22) – Rep. Dave Young (D-Greeley), who has been a leading legislative advocate for disabled Coloradans, saw four bills he sponsored signed into law today by Gov. John Hickenlooper.
· HB14-1211, which insures that people who need complex rehabilitation equipment such as custom wheelchairs, will continue to have access to providers who supply and repair that equipment.
· HB14-1357, which increases the list of in-home support services that are eligible for Medicaid reimbursement, allowing the disabled to remain at home instead of forcing them into more-expensive skilled nursing facilities.
· HB14-1358, which continues the licensure of providers of in-home support services.
· HB14-1369, which sets up a Colorado licensure system to ensure that people who need durable medical equipment like oxygen will have a Colorado provider.
“This is a great day for disabled Coloradans,” Rep. Young said. “As the brother and guardian of a disabled Coloradan, I know very well the burdens they and their families have to bear. The bill package Governor Hickenlooper signed today will help them overcome obstacles in their daily lives and increase their financial security.”
Also signed by the governor today were these bills:
· HB14-1029, sponsored by Rep. Dianne Primavera (D-Broomfield), which standardizes regulations for disabled parking restrictions and increases fines for those who trade disabled Coloradans’ quality of life for their own convenience.
· SB14-012, sponsored in the House by Rep. Tony Exum Sr. (D-Colorado Springs), which begins to restore funding to pre-recession levels for the Aid for the Needy and Disabled program, which provides assistance to disabled Coloradans who are unable to work for at least six months.
· SB14-014, sponsored in the House by Rep. Brittany Pettersen (D-Lakewood), which increases assistance under the Property Tax, Rent and Heat Rebate program and allows more low-income seniors and disabled people to qualify.
· SB14-118, sponsored in the House by Rep. Jovan Melton (D-Aurora), which aligns state statutes with the federal Americans With Disabilities Act and increases state penalties for noncompliance.