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SB10-124: Sen. Carroll presents bills to protect consumers and increase transparency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 9 2010

CONTACT:
Abigail Vacanti
Jack Wylie

Thurs: Sen. Carroll presents bills to protect consumers and increase transparency

DENVER— Thursday, Senator Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora) presents two very important bills to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. The Senate Committee will take testimony on Senate Bill 76, the Unreasonable Denial of Insurance Claims, and Senate Bill 124, Michael Skolnik Transparency Act of 2010.

Senate Bill 76 stops financial incentives designed to induce unreasonable denials, delays, cancellations or rescissions.

“The only thing worse than having medical care denied or having an insurance company drop your coverage if you become sick, is knowing that someone may have received a bonus to make that decision,” said Sen. Carroll. “Colorado consumers should get what they pay for and carriers who comply with good faith standards should not be penalized for competing with those who do not. It’s just the right thing to do.”

In 2007 Senator Carroll brought the Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act to Colorado. HB 07-1331, the Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act, requires doctors who want to practice in Colorado to publically report educational history, certain business dealings, malpractice, disciplinary matters and crimes. HB 1331 was named after Michael Skolnik who was died five years ago after brain surgery for a cyst. The doctor who performed the surgery had a history malpractice in several other states. Patty Skolnik, founder of Colorado Citizens for Accountability, was Michael’s mother and has been a strong advocate for the legislation.

Thursday, Senator Carroll is bringing parallel transparency to many of the other important health care professionals to ensure maximum information so patients can make informed choices. This bill adds the following health care professionals to the Michael Skolnik Medical Transparency Act:

Audiologists and licensed hearing aid providers;
Acupuncturists;
Podiatrists;
Chiropractors;
Dentists and dental hygienists;
Physician assistants;
Direct-entry midwives;
Practical nurses, professional nurses, and advanced practice nurses;
Optometrists;
Physical therapists; and
Psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors,
Addiction counselors, and unlicensed psychotherapists.
WHAT:
Testimony on SB 10-76 and SB 10-124 in Senate Health and Human Services Committee

WHEN:
1:30pm, Thursday, February 11, 2010

WHERE:
Senate Committee Room 352

WHO:
Senator Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora)

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