Colorado Amputee Fact Sheet

Legislative Activity

In 2023, Colorado passed HB23-1136. This legislation requires coverage of a prosthesis designed for physical and recreational activities, including running, bicycling, swimming, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and team and individual sports. The effective date of this legislation is January 1st, 2025.

The Colorado General Assembly passed Insurance Fairness for Amputee legislation in 2000. HB1478 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.

State Government Information

The Democratic Party controls both chambers of the State Legislature and the Office of the Governor.

Colorado’s State Legislature works on a two-year cycle. Sessions run from January until May each year.

The Office of Governor has an election every four years that coincides with Congressional Mid- Term Elections. The next election will be held in 2022. An individual elected to the Office of the Governor can serve two consecutive terms. The Governor is responsible for signing legislation into law and granting formal proclamations, such as Limb Loss Awareness Month.

The Colorado Division of Insurance is housed in the Department of Regulatory Agencies. The Governor appoints the Commissioner of Insurance to observe the oversight of the insurance industry. The Division provides information about insurance payment reforms and the ability to file a complaint against an insurance provider.

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