HB16-1280 - Update Air Ambulance Regulation

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning The Regulation Of Air Ambulance Service.

Under current law, Colorado requires air ambulance services to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) in order to operate legally in the state. However, some of the CAMTS standards relate to an air carrier's rates, routes, and service, which are matters that have been determined to be exclusively subject to federal, not state, regulation.

The bill removes direct references to CAMTS accreditation as the necessary and sufficient condition for Colorado licensure and substitutes a regulatory structure in which CAMTS accreditation is one of a number of factors considered by the department of public health and environment in its licensing decisions. Other factors relate to patient care and the health, safety, and welfare of the general public, which are matters subject to state jurisdiction.

The state board of health is granted rule-making authority to set minimum standards for licensure of air ambulance services; issue provisional licenses and recognize licenses issued by other states; waive certain requirements if health and safety are not adversely affected; establish fees; and take disciplinary action, including the assessment of civil penalties, for violation of the rules.

Latest update: June 1, 2016
06/01/2016 Governor Signed
05/05/2016 Sent to the Governor
05/05/2016 Signed by the President of the Senate
05/05/2016 Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/03/2016 House Third Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
05/02/2016 Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/29/2016 Senate Second Reading Special Order - Passed - No Amendments
04/29/2016 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/26/2016 Senate Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
04/20/2016 Senate Committee on Health & Human Services Refer Unamended to Finance
04/14/2016 Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Health & Human Services
04/14/2016 House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/12/2016 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
04/11/2016 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily - No Amendments
04/07/2016 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/10/2016 House Committee on Finance Refer Unamended to Appropriations
03/02/2016 House Committee on Transportation & Energy Refer Unamended to Finance
02/19/2016 Introduced In House - Assigned to Transportation & Energy