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Colo. governor signs health care, highway safety bills

DENVER, Colorado ” Gov. Bill Ritter has signed 16 bills on health care and transportation, including measures designed to provide medical care to more children and enforce safety rules in highway construction zones.

He vetoed a bill that would require taxpayers to disclose more information if they file for a tax break for some real estate investment trust transactions.

One of the measures signed Tuesday makes more children eligible for Colorado’s Child Health Plan Plus by raising the maximum family income. Another removes administrative barriers to applying for the plan and for Medicaid.

One transportation bill increases penalties for speeding and other violations in highway construction zones.

Another increases fines for inattentive driving, speeding, DUI, lane violations and following too closely.

SIGNED

” Expand eligibility for Colorado’s Child Health Plan Plus to 225 percent of the federal poverty level and improve mental health benefits for kids in the program. (SB 160)

” Remove administrative barriers to applying for Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus. (SB 161)

” Create standardized health-plan ID card to make it easier for doctors, nurses and patients to get information from insurance companies. (SB 135)

” Create a consumer shopping guide for health insurance on the Colorado Division of Insurance Web site and make insurance brokers’ commission fees more visible. (HB 1385)

” Require insurance coverage for children’s’ hearing aids. (SB 57)

” Establish minimum requirements for health care and insurance entities to use if they develop a designation or rating for physicians. (SB 138)

” Direct the state health department to develop a comprehensive statewide public health improvement plan. (SB 194)

” Direct two state agencies to develop a “Centennial Care Choices” plan that could provide basic health coverage for many citizens. (SB 217)

” Restores funds to the Colorado Responds to Children with Special Needs Program, which monitors and prevents birth defects and developmental disabilities. (HB 1100)

” Create the Adult Stem Cell Cure Fund consisting of gifts, grants, donations and revenue from a voluntary income tax checkoff to support umbilical cord blood collection for public blood banks, public awareness campaigns and administration. (HB 1372)

” Require most health insurance plans to cover colorectal cancer screening tests. (HB 1410)

” Toughen enforcement in highway construction zones with photo radar and higher penalties for speeding and other violations. (HB 1036)

” Increase fines for dangerous traffic violations including inattentive driving, speeding, DUI, lane violations and following too closely. (HB 1010).

” Authorize the state to approve overweight permits for quad-axle tanker-trailer combinations. (HB 1257).

” Extend authorization of the Automobile Theft Prevention Authority to 2018. (SB 60)

” Adopt Society of Automobile Engineers international noise standards for off-road vehicles and snowmobiles, aligning the state with federal standards. (SB 63)

VETOED

” Requiring taxpayers to disclose new information if they seek a tax break from some real estate investment trust transactions. (HB 1408)


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