Access to quality healthcare is a fundamental human right. As your Representative improving healthcare for Colorado is a top priority. The most important thing a legislator can do is to help to reduce rising healthcare costs. In the state house I am committed to protecting and improving access to quality healthcare. Our nation is in the midst of a drastic transformation for our healthcare system and it is important to ensure that Colorado is leading the way in that change. By supporting comprehensive changes to our healthcare delivery system, Colorado will be able to guarantee better healthcare access, quality, and lower cost. I will not vote to deny your healthcare benefits whether you are a woman, child, man, single or married, young or old. Healthy people make our community a better place to live. We have better workers and attract businesses and new jobs to Fort Collins.
During my first session in 2013, I was the prime sponsor to several bills concerning improving healthcare in our state. I created legislation that improves consumer protection when making choices of healthcare providers. SB 13-277 “Prior Authorization Process for Drug Benefits”, of which I was House Sponsor, provides one standard form for prior authorization of patient’s medication. This will allow prescribers to use the same form for all insurance carriers, saving them and their patients, as well as carriers, time and money. Two consecutive bills, HB 13-1111 and SB 13-215 created a new system of regulation for alternative healthcare providers, which will allow consumers to make more informed decisions. In addition, I was the House sponsor on Senate bill 277 that improves the availability and quality of care for patients needing stroke/STEMI medical attention.
Improving our healthcare system remained a top priority for me during the 2014 legislative session. The most prominent bill I ran this year was the bi-partisan “Right to Try” Act, which allows for terminally ill patients to have increased access to investigational treatments and medications. I was proud to have ran this bill, as we were the first state in the nation to adopt such legislation, with several others following in our lead. This had a personal effect on me, as I dedicated this law to my late brother Tom, who had benefited from a similar program but passed away the very weekend the bill was signed into law.
Another focus I had this past year had been addressing the need for healthcare access in underserved areas, particularly in our state’s rural communities. SB 14-144 was a bill that I carried in the House which seeks methods in which to incentivize doctors to remain in critical areas beyond their residency programs. In addition, I also sponsored the state’s reauthorization of dental regulations, working alongside dentists and dental hygienists to get the best outcome for our oral health providers. And finally, I also ran HB 14-1359 which streamlined the medication synchronization process, allowing patients who suffer from chronic or multiple illnesses to fill their prescriptions with just one pickup at the pharmacy. This allows for better patient adherence to taking their medications as well as one trip to the pharmacy a month instead of many.