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Child Health Plan Plus Eligibility Rule-Making Hearing January 13, 2017

November 21, 2016

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing - Child Health Plan Plus will be holding a rulemaking hearing on Friday, January 13th, 2017, 9:00 am on rules regarding CHP Eligibility Rules. The hearing will be held at: 303 East 17th Avenue, 11th Floor, Denver CO 80203.

The purpose of this rulemaking is:

The proposed rule change is to incorporate revisions mandated by Executive Order D 2012-002 (EO 2), as codified at Section 24.4-4-103.3 CRS (2014). The governor issued an Executive order which requires that state agencies review, on a continuing basis, all existing rules to ensure they use the best, most innovative and least burdensome tools for achieving their goals. A regulatory review is solely for the purpose of identifying those rules which are duplicative, overlapping, outdated and inconsistent. The Colorado Benefits Management System (CBMS) does not need to be updated for sections 50 through 600 since all rules are in alignment with federal regulations.

If you believe there will be a significant negative impact on small business, job creation or economic competitiveness, you may request that the Department of Regulatory Agencies require the rulemaking agency to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of a proposed rule or amendment. This request must be made to the Department of Regulatory Agencies by Thursday, December 15th, 2016.

You may also submit comments directly to the rulemaking agency for the agency's consideration during the upcoming rulemaking hearing.


November 29 Quad-Regulatory Boards Policy for Prescribing Opioids

November 21, 2016

The Colorado healthcare licensing boards in DORA’s Division of Professions and Occupations are hosting a community meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Nov. 29, 2016 at 1560 Broadway, Suite 1900.  This event will provide an opportunity for representatives from the Medical, Dental, Nursing, and Pharmacy Boards to hear from the community on the impact of the Colorado Policy for Prescribing and Dispensing Opioids and related issues.

Following the Governor’s 2013 landmark plan, the Colorado Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse, DORA’s healthcare licensing boards promulgated the above policy to provide guidance to practitioners in safely prescribing and dispensing addictive painkillers.  It was the first such joint policy in the nation, where practitioners from different disciplines agreed to a common set of standards to compassionately treat pain, while reducing the problems resulting from misuse and abuse of prescription opioids.  The Boards are now evaluating the effectiveness and usefulness of the policy to determine if any changes are needed.

The Boards for the community meeting will partner with the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to raise maximum awareness about the event. Colorado patients and the community at large will participate, including healthcare professionals, patient family members, behavioral health specialists, substance abuse treatment providers, and the general public at large.  Media and local elected officials will be invited to attend.

The Boards want and need the public’s input to understand the needs of Coloradans and the impact of the policy in order to craft right-touch guidelines that serve the dual purposes of treating the individual patient and the public health.

Date and Time:

November 29, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon


1560 Broadway, Suite 1900 Conference Room

Denver, CO 80202

We hope you will be able to attend.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me at [email protected] or 303-894-7434.

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