State Capitol Is a Flurry of Health- and Benefits-Related Bill Activity

March 24 2009, 9:55 AM
The state Legislature has seen a slew of bills rise and fall lately. Here's a quick guide to some recent action: A bill that would require state employers with more than 50 workers to provide parents with up to 18 hours of unpaid leave to attend school meetings cleared a hurdle in the Senate yesterday, writes the Denver Business Journal. Senators also provided preliminary approval to a bill that will give homeowners facing foreclosure more time to seek help. On a partisan vote, with Democrats in favor, lawmakers have sent the Birth Control Protection Act to Governor Bill Ritter, according to The Colorado Independent. A Senate panel recently approved a bill that would allow group insurance providers to sell health insurance to uninsured Coloradans who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, writes The Colorado Statesman. Meanwhile, Senators rejected a bill yesterday that would have prevented health insurance companies from charging women who buy their own health plans more in premiums than men their age, according to The Associated Press.