Current Legislative Priorities

Thank you for your support of

HB22-1095, Physician Assistant Collaboration Requirements


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.

Health and Insurance Committee 2/23 1:33:06pm

Second Reading 3/4 10:21:21am

Reading and Final Vote 3/15 9:23:43am


What can you do to further support this legislation?

  • Please send thank you emails to legislators who voted for HB22-1095 with this link.
  • If your legislator voted against HB22-1095, please find your legislator, reach out to them and take this opportunity to educate them about our profession and give them a chance to explain why.
  • Join CAPA Thursday, March 17th at 7pm for a Legislative Town Hall for further details about the process and next steps. 
  • Keep talking to colleagues and educating them about why this legislation is so important for PAs and the patients we serve.
  • Join CAPA! Without CAPA, there would be no HB22-1095. We are a member funded organization.

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 info@coloradopas.org


For more information, check out the Bill StatusFact Sheet and Supporting Organizations.




HB22-1095 Supporting Organizations


Axis Health System

Clinica Family Health

Colorado Academy of Physician Assistants

Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Colorado Community Health Network

Colorado Consumer Health Initiative

Colorado Rural Health Center

DispatchHealth

DocsWhoCare

Family Practice of Holyoke

Grand River Health

Gunnison Valley Health Family Practice

Gunnison Valley Family Physicians, Crested Butte

Gunnison Valley Hospital

Hazel Health

Healthier Colorado

High Plains Community Health Center


Inner City Health Center

Kit Carson Clinic

Kit Carson County Health Service District

Lincoln Community Hospital

MarillacHealth

Melissa Memorial Hospital

Mountain Family Health Centers

Northwest Colorado Health

Peak Vista Community Health Centers

Prowers County Hospital District

Prowers Medical Center

Pueblo Community Health Center

Rangely District Hospital and Clinics

River Valley Family Health Centers

Rocky Ford Family Practice

Salud Family Health

San Luis Valley Health La Jara Clinic

San Luis Valley Health-Alamosa


San Luis Valley Health - Conejos County Hospital

Sheridan Health Services

Southeast Colorado Hospital

Southeast Colorado Medical Clinic

Spanish Peaks Family Clinic

Spanish Peaks Outreach Clinic

Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center and Veterans Community Living Center

St. Vincent General Hospital District

STRIDE Community Health Center

Summit Community Care Clinic

Sunrise Community Health

Tepeyac Community Health Center

Uncompahgre Medical Center

Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc.

Yuma Clinic

Yuma District Hospital and Clinics

ZoomCare


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!





Recent CAPA-Sponsored Legislation


HB20-1041, Physician Assistants Financial Responsibility Requirements

Signed into law on 3/20/20

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb20-1041

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.



HB19-1095, Physician Assistants Supervision and Liability

Signed into law on 6/3/19

https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1095

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.



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