After a very encouraging 10-1 Health and Insurance Committee vote in favor and many hours of debate CAPA is sad to report HB22-1095 did not pass the vote on the floor of the House of Representatives on March 15, 2022. The vote was close (28 in favor, 35 opposed). The bill will not move any further in the legislative process this year.
Thank you to our bill sponsors, Rep. Lontine, Rep. Will, Sen. Winters and Sen. Simpson; our outstanding lobbyist team at Frontline Public Affairs, Diana Protopapa and Katie Pachan Jacobson; Erika Miller and the Advocacy Team with the American Academy of PAs; the CAPA Government Affairs Committee; and everyone who mobilized their networks to submit written, remote, and in-person testimony in addition to sending e-mails to the members of the Committee advocating for PA practice modernization. PAs in Colorado mobilized to send over 10,000 emails. The impact of these collective efforts has been tremendous, and we will continue to build on this momentum moving forward.
CAPA remains committed to our mission to advocate for state regulation change that supports PA practice and access to high quality health care in Colorado. CAPA will continue to advocate for Colorado PAs to be able to practice to the full extent of their education, training, and experience.
We encourage you to take some time to review the Committee hearing recorded on 2/23/22 for additional context. Please also take a few moments to listen to the legislator debate on the floor of the house 3/4/22 and 3/15/22. It’s important to know what your legislators think of our profession.
What can you do to further support this legislation?
We ask all Colorado PAs for continued support to achieve this goal by continuing your CAPA membership, encouraging colleagues to join, and getting involved! As we refocus efforts in the coming months, look for opportunities for further input and engagement around legislative priorities.
We are so proud of our profession and the work we do to support patient care in our state. Thank you for your continued support and for all that you contribute to healthcare in Colorado!
Please reach out to CAPA with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Axis Health System
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Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants
Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
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Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
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Gunnison Valley Health Family Practice
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Uncompahgre Medical Center
Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc.
Yuma District Hospital and Clinics
CAPA is active in sponsoring legislation specific to PA practice in the state. CAPA also weighs-in on other legislation related to PA practice in line with CAPA's mission to advocate for PA practice in the state of Colorado and increasing access to quality healthcare for all Coloradans.
CAPA legislative action is discussed and directed by the Governmental Affairs Committee with approval from the CAPA Board of Directors. CAPA works with a lobbyist who advocates for the legislative priorities of CAPA, assists with dialogue with legislators and key stakeholders, and allows CAPA to have a consistent voice present at the Colorado State Capitol.
Stay tuned for more information regarding legislative priorities for the 2022 Colorado Legislative Session. If you have additional questions, please contact CAPA or check out the Governmental Affairs Committee page.
Interested in getting involved?
Join CAPA! We are only as strong as our members, and as a representative organization, the more PAs we represent, the stronger our voice is! Check out additional membership benefits here.
Check out what's going on with the Governmental Affairs Committee.
Start a conversation with your personal state legislators! Effective legislation depends on relationships. We encourage you to start conversations about PAs and PA practice with your State Senators and Representatives, and build upon these relationships when PA-specific legislation is being considered. Check out our Grassroots Advocacy efforts here.
Attend the annual CAPA at the Capitol event during the Colorado legislative session. Stay tuned for details for the 2022 event!
Signed into law on 3/20/20
The bill specifies that a physician assistant who has been practicing for at least 3 years must comply with the same financial responsibility requirements to which physicians are subject, namely to maintain professional liability coverage of at least $1 million per incident and $3 million aggregate per year. Additionally, the bill authorizes the Colorado medical board to exempt physician assistants from the financial responsibility requirements, or lessen the requirements, to the same extent permitted for physicians. This bill allows the Colorado medical board to continue shared policies between Physician Assistants and their employers.
Signed into law on 6/3/19
The act states that a licensed physician may be responsible for the direction and supervision of up to 8 physician assistants at any one time. A licensed physician shall not be made responsible for the direction and supervision of more than 4 physician assistants unless the licensed physician agrees to assume the responsibility.
The act adds one more physician assistant as a member of the Colorado medical board (board), for a total of 2 physician assistant members, and adds a fourth member to the licensing panel established by the board president, which fourth member must be a physician assistant board member.
The act states that a physician assistant who has practiced for at least 3 years may be liable for damages resulting from negligence in providing care to a patient, unless the damages occur as a result of the physician assistant following a direct order from a supervising physician, and shall maintain professional liability insurance in an amount not less than $1 million per claim and $3 million for all claims.