Lontine Health & Vets Bills Now Law

(June 1) – Governor John Hickenlooper signed two bills by Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver, into law this morning at Sheridan Health Services in Denver. The first bill will expand the Fort Logan National Cemetery and the second ensures Coloradans don’t lose Medicaid benefits without notice or the ability to appeal.

The first bill signed into law this morning, HB16-1456, authorizes the sale of vacant state-owned land around the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan to expand the Fort Logan National Cemetery. The Department of Veterans Affairs would like to buy the land to expand the cemetery, which otherwise will run out of room in 2027.

“This law expands the grounds of the cemetery so that it can continue to serve as the final resting place for our veterans who have served their country honorably,” said Rep. Lontine, D-Denver. “We also directed the proceeds of the sale to the Veterans Community Living Centers, a wonderful cause to support our veterans.”

The second bill signed, HB16-1277, requires at least 10 days advance notice if Medicaid assistance benefits are being suspended, terminated or modified and allows 60 days for an appeal, during which time the benefits must automatically continue.

“Access to healthcare is fundamental to the health and well-being of Coloradans,” said Rep. Lontine. “When that access is being changed or even terminated, people have a right to advance warning. This law gives people time to prepare and allows them to appeal a decision should there be a mistake.”

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