Legislative Committee Meeting on
Monday, May 3rd
Greetings!

We will have a busy Legislative Committee Meeting on Monday, May 3rd. We currently have 39 bills on our active list; 28 support or strongly support, 2 oppose, 1 amend, and 8 monitor or neutral. We will begin with the bills on this week’s committee calendars, then any bills new to our list since last week, update progress on the Long Bill, and conclude with any other bills the committee wants to discuss. Please review the agenda and come prepared to discuss bills.
Don't miss the announcement below about
the webinars in May celebrating older Coloradans!
Reserve your free tickets today!
May 3, 2021 LCM Agenda
Per our agreed upon procedures, we will begin with bills to be dropped from our active consideration list. We set a target at the beginning of the session of 20 bills for our active list due to capacity limitations.
We need people to be familiar with the bills as we will be voting on our position of the bills. If you are the lead on any of these bills please come prepared to update the group on changes.
And a reminder, there are some bills that have been in monitor status for two weeks now. If the person signed up for those bills has no information for us, those bills will likely be dropped. 
Events
May 12, 19 & 26, 2021
Older Coloradans Month Webinars
Reserve your tickets today!
This year, with the support of Colorado Senior Lobby, Colorado Center for Aging, other supporting agencies and our event sponsors, we will celebrate the strength in Coloradans’ lives with Older Coloradans Month. Our series of 3 webinars will emphasize the power of connection and engagement in strong communities.
Mental Health Awareness Month started it in 1949.

To raise awareness of the problems facing seniors and to honor them, then-President Kennedy and the Council proclaimed May as Senior Citizens Month. Two years later, in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson passed the Older Americans Act of 1965 and formally declared May as Older Americans Month. Here in Colorado we are celebrating older Coloradans with “Older Coloradans Month”! - LEARN MORE
May 3, 2021 - Monday - 10:00AM - 10:30AM
Mental Health Month Proclamation Day Event
You’re invited! Join us to proclaim May as Mental Health Awareness Month! It may be some time before we fully understand the toll the pandemic year has taken on our mental health, but we look to the future with optimism and confidence. We can emerge from all of this and go on to thrive if we focus on healing together. This year, we want to acknowledge this process and shared understanding, and virtually gather to put a spotlight on our Mental
WHAT: Mental Health Month Proclamation Day 
WHEN: Monday, May 3, 2021 at 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. 

Attendees will hear from Mental Health Colorado, the Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, the Mental Health Center of Denver, The Colorado Department of Human Services, and Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera.
May 6, 2021 - Thursday - 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Spring 2021 Series
"Maintaining Healthy Cognitive Living"
Who should attend? Service providers, Caregivers and Older Adults are invited to join us for our final webinar for the spring 2021 webinar series to learn strategies to improve Emotional and Mental Health and well-Being for Older Adults. This event is hosted by University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS), CU Anschutz Multidisciplinary Center on Aging and community partner Denver Public Library.
  • May 6th - Maintaining Healthy Cognitive Living
Community Vaccination Sites Walk Ups
& Same Day Scheduling as of April 20th
Office of Governor Polis – Governor’s Community Engagement
Update on COVID-19
The data shows just how small the impact of COVID can be if you are fully vaccinated, but it also shows what happens when we don’t take precautions and don’t take full advantage of the vaccine. In Southern Colorado we’re seeing concerning trends - READ MORE
Articles & News
State budget for 2021-22 Heads to Governor’s Desk
April 30, 2021 – "Both chambers of the Colorado General Assembly approved the $34.1 billion Long Appropriations Bill on Friday, but only after a conflict over a change made to one of the amendments – on body-worn cameras for law enforcement – during their debates. The bill, Senate Bill 205, is now ready for action from the governor after the JBC wrapped up its work on Thursday and presented their final report to the General Assembly. The total is about $4 billion higher than the current fiscal year budget ..." - READ MORE
The CU School of Dental Medicine (SDM) is looking
for Colorado seniors who need dentures
and qualify under the Senior Smiles Program
The treatment plan is part of the CU School of Dental Medicine (SDM’s) Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors, called Senior Smiles. It is a state-funded grant designed to provide dental care for qualifying seniors in Colorado. The State of Colorado establishes guidelines for eligibility and participation.
Who qualifies for this program? 
Patients who are currently participating in the CU Dental Team Care Clinics or those who are accepted through the CU School of Dental Medicine screening process and:

  • Age 60+ 
  • Do not qualify for Medicaid or Old Age Pension Health and Medical Care Program. 
  • Do not have private dental insurance. 
  • Income at or below 250% of the most current federal poverty guidelines based on family size 
  • Lawfully present in the U.S. 
  • Colorado Resident 
If you know of patients, family, or friends - or your program could benefit from an oral health partnership - please contact: Colette Kuhfuss, patient advocate: colette.kuhfuss@cuanschutz.edu
Please share with anyone else who may find this information helpful.
It’s official:
Colorado will get an eighth congressional seat in 2022
It’s official: Colorado will get an eighth congressional seat in 2022. It could take until around the end of the year for Colorado’s new congressional map to be finalized - READ MORE
Author: Jesse Paul
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May 3rd - 9:30AM - 11:30AM
Zoom LCM Logon Information
You will get the most out of our meetings if you can
logon using a computer compared to calling in with a phone.

Link above should be all you need, but just in case:

Meeting ID: 881 481 5119
Passcode: CSL2020!

One tap mobile
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Meeting ID: 881 481 5119
Passcode: 24533218
Questions? Contact the Legislative Committee Co-Chairs

Jeanette Hensley - email - 303-249-5598
CSL Co-Chair of Legislative Committee, CSL Capitol Gang Chairperson
and CSL Board Secretary

Rich Mauro - email - Direct: 303-480-6778
CSL Co-Chair of Legislative Committee, CSL Board of Directors and Senior Policy and Legislative Analyst Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
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