Duran & Becker’s Statement on Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee

July 10, 2018

(July 9) – Speaker Crisanta Duran and Majority Leader KC Becker released the following statement regarding President Trump’s nominee to the United States Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. “The fate of civil and voting rights, reproductive freedoms and worker protections all hang in the balance with this Supreme Court nominee,” said Speaker Duran, D-Denver. “There’s

Hamner’s Infant Newborn Screening Bill Now Law of the Land

June 6, 2018

(June 4) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed Rep. Millie Hamner’s bill today to modernize and update Colorado’s newborn screening program to provide more accurate, timely, and comprehensive newborn screenings in Colorado. “This bill is about supporting healthy babies and families throughout Colorado,” said Rep. Hamner, D-Dillon. “There are nearly 66,000 babies born in Colorado every

House Passes 3 Bills on Dems’ Opioid Epidemic Agenda

April 20, 2018

(April 19) – Three major components of the House Democrats’ effort to combat the epidemic of opioid addiction in Colorado won voice-vote approval in the House tonight. HB18-1136 is Rep. Brittany Pettersen’s bill for a tenfold increase in residential and inpatient substance abuse treatment through Medicaid coverage, mostly by drawing down federal funds. Currently, Medicaid

A Go-To Office for CO Mental Health Concerns

April 18, 2018

(April 17) – For the thousands of Coloradans frustrated by lack of access to mental health services, a bill by Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet offers hope for a brighter future. “Nearly half a million Coloradans are not getting the mental health and substance use treatment they need,” said Rep. Michaelson Jenet, D-Commerce City. “People in

Childhood Cancer Awareness License Plate Zooms Through Committee

March 22, 2018

(March 21) – The House Transportation and Energy Committee voted 12-1 today to approve Speaker Crisanta Duran’s bipartisan bill to create a Childhood Cancer Awareness special Colorado license plate.  Speaker Duran worked on this legislation with 14-year-old Gabe Santistevan, a brain cancer survivor, and his family. When Gabe saw the specialty license plates to raise awareness for issues like breast cancer and

3 Bills to Battle High Health Care Costs Advance

March 9, 2018

(March 8) – Three components of the House Democrats’ agenda to control soaring healthcare costs made successful debuts tonight in the House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee. Two of the bills confront the spiraling cost of pharmaceuticals. Under HB18-1260, sponsored by Reps. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, and Dominique Jackson, D-Aurora, pharmaceutical companies would be required

Bills to Battle High Health Care Costs Advance

March 9, 2018

(March 8) – A bill to increase hospital financial transparency, a key component of the House Democrats’ agenda to control soaring healthcare costs, made a successful debut tonight in the House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee. HB18-1207, sponsored by Reps. Chris Kennedy, D-Lakewood, and Bob Rankin, R-Carbondale, would require hospitals to share more of their

Bill to Battle High Drug Prices Advances

March 9, 2018

(March 8) – A bill to increase drug price transparency, a key component of the House Democrats’ agenda to control soaring healthcare costs, made a successful debut today in the House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee. “Coloradans should never have to consider forgoing a drug because of its exorbitant, unjustified and unexplained price tag,” Rep.

Roberts’ Rural CO Bills Advance

March 9, 2018

(March 8) – Two bills by Rep. Dylan Roberts to boost rural Colorado advanced in the House today. This evening, the House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee advanced HB18-1205, Rep. Roberts’ bill to reduce the disparity in health care costs between rural Coloradans and those on the Front Range. Rural Coloradans pay significantly higher health

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