Colorado has enacted Insurance Fairness for Amputees legislation.
Insurance Fairness History
The Colorado General Assembly passed Insurance Fairness for Amputee legislation in 2000. House Bill 1478 was signed into law by Governor Bill Owens (R) on June 1st, 2000.
Colorado was the first state to pass the Insurance Fairness for Amputees Act, formerly known as the Prosthetic Parity Act. As part of the legislative process, the Colorado General Assembly commissioned the Colorado Insurance Fairness Study to study their state’s Medicaid program and coverage for prosthetic care. It found significant savings to individuals and the state by ensuring individuals have access to care.
The Colorado General Assembly works on a two year cycle and in 2019 will be in the first year of their cycle. The 2019 Legislative Session convenes January 4th and will tentatively conclude May 3rd. The Colorado General Assembly has set introduction deadlines for the 2019 Legislative Session. The House has set an introduction deadline for January 25th. The Senate’s is January 22nd.
Currently, the Democratic Party controls both chambers of the General Assembly and the Office of the Governor.
In order to move forward with other legislative initiatives beyond Insurance Fairness, the Amputee Coalition needs the backing of the limb loss community. We are actively seeking advocates to support or advocacy efforts in Colorado. Connect with the Amputee Coalition or your insurance company through Amplify, your State Representation and the Colorado Division of Insurance to express your concern about issues affecting the limb loss community.