(June 5) – Gov. John Hickenlooper this afternoon signed two bills into law authored by Rep. Dave Young, D-Greeley, to provide better services for intellectually and medically disadvantaged residents across the state.

The first bill signed, HB17-1343, addresses the potential conflict that is present when an organization that determines eligibility and the kinds of services an individual should receive is also the organization that provides those direct services for the individual.

“At its core, this is a human rights issue,” said Rep. Young. “Conflict-free case management will allow people to have appropriate choices by ensuring Medicaid clients receive the correct services in the most efficient and effective way possible. It will also save taxpayers money by reducing conflicts between clients and their supporting agencies.”

The law prohibits an agency from delivering case management services and direct Medicaid services to the same individual.

The second bill signed, HB17-1087, creates a pilot program for an Office of Public Guardianship to provide legal guardianship services for incapacitated and indigent adults. The program will be funded through gifts, grants and donations, and fundraising efforts are already underway. To administer the program, the law creates a five-member Public Guardianship Commission.

“This new law creates a commonsense policy designed to help many intellectually and medically disadvantaged residents across the state,” said Rep. Young. “These individuals, who are dealing with issues of financial instability and limited access to healthcare, will be in a better position to find quality public guardians. In addition, this program will provide the state with much needed data to help guide lawmakers in creating better policy for public guardianship practices for Colorado in the future.”

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