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2021 New Legislation
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2021 New Legislation

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The Division of Professions and Occupations regulates more than 450,000 licensees, certificate holders and registrants. Each year, the General Assembly passes legislation directly impacting those populations. Many bills then require rulemaking or other policy updates by the Division or Boards in order to implement these changes. All relevant bills from the most recent legislative session have been combined onto a single webpage for easy access here. We encourage all licensees to read all bills directly impacting their profession(s).

2021 New Legislation

 

HB21-1012: Expand Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

HB21-1012: Expand Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

This bill affects:

  • Pharmacy
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Veterinary
  • Dental
  • Podiatry
  • Optometry

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1021: Peer Support Professionals Behavioral Health

This bill affects:

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  • HB21-1021: Peer Support Professionals Behavioral Health
  • This bill affects:
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing
  • Medical

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1022: Surrogacy Agreements

HB21-1022: Surrogacy Agreements

This bill affects:

  • Medical
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1068: Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam

HB21-1068: Insurance Coverage Mental Health Wellness Exam

This bill affects:

  • Mental Health
  • Nursing
  • Medical

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1085: Secure Transportation Behavioral Health Crisis

HB21-1085: Secure Transportation Behavioral Health Crisis

This bill affects:

  • Mental Health
  • Medical
  • Nursing

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1108: Gender Identity Expression Anti-discrimination

HB21-1108: Gender Identity Expression Anti-discrimination

This bill affects:

  • Funeral Homes/Crematories

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1119 Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Postvention

HB21-1119 Suicide Prevention, Intervention & Postvention

This bill affects:

  • Medical
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1123: CAPS Check for Substantiated Cases of Mistreatment of an At-Risk Adult

HB21-1123: CAPS Check for Substantiated Cases of Mistreatment of an At-Risk Adult

This bill affects:

  • All Healthcare Boards, including Veterinary

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1130 Expand Transition Specialist Program

HB21-1130 Expand Transition Specialist Program

This bill affects:

  • Nursing
  • Medical
  • Mental Health

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1143: Protect Survivors' Rights To Rape Kit Evidence

HB21-1143: Protect Survivors' Rights To Rape Kit Evidence

This bill affects:

  • Medical
  • Nursing

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1147: Simplify Architects Continuing Education Requirement

HB21-1147: Simplify Architects Continuing Education Requirement

This bill affects:

  • Architects, Engineers, and Land Surveyors

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1169: Prohibit Discrimination Organ Transplant Recipient

HB21-1169: Prohibit Discrimination Organ Transplant Recipient

  • This bill affects:
  • Acupuncture, Audiology, Chiropractic, Dental, Massage Therapy, Medical, Psychology, Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapist,
    Licensed Professional Counselor, Addiction Counselor, Nursing, Nursing Home Administrator, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Psychiatric Technicians, Respiratory TherapistsPharmacies

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1190: Defining Telemedicine For Medical Practitioners

HB21-1190: Defining Telemedicine For Medical Practitioners

This bill affects:

  • Medical

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1198: Healthcare Billing Requirements for Indigent Patients

HB21-1198: Healthcare Billing Requirements for Indigent Patients

This bill affects:

  • All Healthcare Programs, except Veterinary

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1276 Prevention of Substance Use Disorders

HB21-1276 Prevention of Substance Use Disorders

This bill affects:

  • Medical, Nursing, Veterinary, Dental, Optometry, Podiatry, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Pharmacy

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1279: Occupational Therapy Interstate Compact

HB21-1279: Occupational Therapy Interstate Compact

This bill affects:

  • Occupational Therapy

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1232: Standardized Health Benefit Plan Colorado Option

HB21-1232: Standardized Health Benefit Plan Colorado Option

This bill affects:

  • All Healthcare Boards except Veterinary

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1297: Pharmacy Benefit Manager and Insurer Requirements

HB21-1297: Pharmacy Benefit Manager and Insurer Requirements

This bill affects:

  • Pharmacy
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Veterinary
  • Dental
  • Podiatry
  • Optometry

Bill Summary

HB21-1300: Health-care Provider Liens for Injured Persons

HB21-1300: Health-care Provider Liens for Injured Persons

This bill affects:

Acupuncture, Athletic Trainers, Audiologist, Chiropractic, Dental, Hearing Aid Provider, Massage Therapist, Medical, Nursing, Nursing Home Administrator, Occupational Therapist, Optometrist, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Mental Health providers, Respiratory Therapy, Speech-Language Pathologist

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1305 Mental Health Practice Act

HB21-1305 Mental Health Practice Act

This bill affects:

  • Addiction Counselor

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1307: Prescription Insulin Pricing And Access

HB21-1307: Prescription Insulin Pricing And Access

This bill affects:

  • Pharmacy
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Optometry

 

Bill Summary

HB21-1317 Regulating Marijuana Concentrates

HB21-1317 Regulating Marijuana Concentrates

This bill affects:

  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Dental

 

Bill Summary

SB21-003: Recreate Occupational Therapy Practice Act

SB21-003: Recreate Occupational Therapy Practice Act

This bill affects:

  • Occupational Therapy

 

Bill Summary

SB21-006: Human Remains Natural Reduction Soil

SB21-006: Human Remains Natural Reduction Soil

This bill affects:

  • Funeral Homes and Crematories

 

Bill Summary

SB21-009: Reproductive Health Care Program

SB21-009: Reproductive Health Care Program

This bill affects:

  • Medical
  • Nursing

 

Bill Summary

SB21-011: Pharmacist Prescribe Dispense Opiate Antagonist

SB21-011: Pharmacist Prescribe Dispense Opiate Antagonist

This bill affects:

  • Pharmacy
  • All prescribing boards

 

Bill Summary

SB21-016:Protecting Preventive Health Care Coverage

SB21-016:Protecting Preventive Health Care Coverage

This bill affects:

  • Medical
  • Nursing

 

Bill Summary

SB21-021: Audiology and SLP compact

SB21-021: Audiology and SLP compact

This bill affects:

  • Audiology
  • Speech-Language Pathology

 

Bill Summary

SB21-056: Expand Cannabis-based Medicine At Schools

SB21-056: Expand Cannabis-based Medicine At Schools

This bill affects:

  • Nursing
  • Medical
  • Mental Health
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Massage Therapists

 

Bill Summary

SB21-077: Remove Lawful Presence Verification Credentialing

SB21-077: Remove Lawful Presence Verification Credentialing

This bill affects:

  • All Professions, With the Exception of Tramway, Non-Transplant Tissue Banks, Funeral Homes and Crematories, Private Investigators

 

Bill Summary

SB21-092: Sunset Surgical Assistants And Surgical Technologists

SB21-092: Sunset Surgical Assistants And Surgical Technologists

This bill affects:

  • Surgical Assistants and Surgical Technologists

 

Bill Summary

SB21-094: Sunset Continue State Board of Pharmacy

SB21-094: Sunset Continue State Board of Pharmacy

This bill affects:

  • Pharmacy
  • All Prescriber Boards

 

Bill Summary

SB21-097: Sunset Medical Transparency Act

SB21-097: Sunset Medical Transparency Act

This bill affects:

  • Healthcare Professions Profile Program (HPPP)
  • All Healthcare Programs Except Veterinary

 

Bill Summary

SB21-098: Sunset Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

SB21-098: Sunset Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

This bill affects:

  • Pharmacy
  • PDMP
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Podiatry
  • Optometry
  • Dental
  • Veterinary

 

Bill Summary

SB21-101: Sunset Direct-entry Midwives

SB21-101: Sunset Direct-entry Midwives

This bill affects:

  • Direct-Entry Midwives

 

Bill Summary

SB21-102: Sunset Dental Hygienists Specialized Functions

SB21-102: Sunset Dental Hygienists Specialized Functions

This bill affects:

  • Dental
  • Dental Hygienists

 

Bill Summary

SB21-122: Opiate Antagonist Bulk Purchase And Standing Orders

SB21-122: Opiate Antagonist Bulk Purchase And Standing Orders

This bill affects:

  • Pharmacy
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Optometry
  • Podiatry
  • Veterinary
  • Dental

 

Bill Summary

SB21-123: Expand Canadian Rx Import Program

SB21-123: Expand Canadian Rx Import Program

This bill affects:

  • Pharmacy

 

Bill Summary

SB21-142: Health Care Access In Cases Of Rape Or Incest

SB21-142: Health Care Access In Cases Of Rape Or Incest

This bill affects:

  • Medical
  • Nursing

 

Bill Summary

SB21-147: Sunset Continue Licensing Of Athletic Trainers

SB21-147: Sunset Continue Licensing Of Athletic Trainers

This bill affects:

  • Athletic Trainers

 

Bill Summary

SB21-193: Protection of Pregnant People In Perinatal Period

SB21-193: Protection of Pregnant People In Perinatal Period

This bill affects:

  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Direct-Entry Midwives

 

Bill Summary

SB21-194: Maternal Health Providers

SB21-194: Maternal Health Providers

This bill affects:

  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Direct-Entry Midwives

 

Bill Summary

SB21-195 Notarization of Certain Probate Documents

SB21-195 Notarization of Certain Probate Documents

This bill affects:

  • Medical 
  • Nursing

 

Bill Summary

SB21-271: Misdemeanor Reform

SB21-271: Misdemeanor Reform

This bill affects:

  • All Board/Programs except Private Investigators

 

Bill Summary

SB21-292 Federal COVID Funding for Victim's Services

SB21-292 Federal COVID Funding for Victim's Services

This bill affects:

  • Medical
  • Nursing

 

Bill Summary