State Representative Dylan Roberts
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April 16, 2019
Bill to reduce insulin prices passes House, 51-13! The bill: https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1216
april 12, 2019
Balanced State Budget: PASSED!
After many months of negotiations and many hours of debate on the House floor, the House passed a balanced 2019-20 budget for the state of Colorado. You can read a detailed summary of the full budget here.
This balanced budget is something we can be proud of and one that has significant resources dedicated to Eagle and Routt Counties (and all of Colorado).
Read my summary of the state budget in my latest newsletter: CLICK HERE.
april 11, 2019
House Committee Unanimously Approves Roberts-McCluskie Bill to Help Lower the Cost of Health Care
This morning, the House Rural Affairs and Agriculture committee unanimously approved a bill address the high costs of healthcare in Colorado. The bill is sponsored by Western Slope Representatives Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, and. Julie McCluskie, D-Dillon.
SB19-004 will strengthen Colorado’s laws to allow healthcare cooperatives to incorporate consumer protections like coverage for preexisting conditions. It will also allow the State Insurance Commissioner to work with groups seeking to create co-ops so that they can get their co-op up and running as soon as possible. The bipartisan bill will help lower healthcare costs by encouraging consumers to negotiate rates on a collective basis directly with providers and offer plans to individuals, business, and other groups that are more affordable than what currently exists on the market.
“A key part of lowering the cost of health care will be the formation of health insurance co-ops across the state where consumers collectively negotiate rates directly with providers,” said Rep. Roberts. “This bill will authorize the formation of these co-ops across the state which could result in plans that are significantly cheaper than those available today.”
“In the absence of federal solutions to the health care crisis we face, Colorado communities are finding creative, innovative approaches to making health care more accessible. Health care co-ops can be one more viable option to provide relief,” said Rep. McCluskie. “I’m proud of the bipartisan bills we’ve worked to pass this session to help provide solutions to health care challenges hardworking families face every day.”
Senator Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, is the Senate sponsor of the bill. The Senate approved the bill on a bipartisan vote of 34-to-1 earlier this month. SB19-004 now goes to the House floor.
april 11, 2019
House Committee Approves Roberts-Jackson Student Loan Servicer Accountability Bill
The House Education committee approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, and Rep. Dominique Jackson, D-Aurora, that would help prevent fraud and misconduct, and improve transparency on student loan servicers.
“In passing this bill we can ensure borrowers are not steered away from the best borrowing option for them and are not the victims of deception,” said Rep. Roberts. “This is one of the most pressing issues for my generation and people my age are growing frustrated with the inaction of their elected leaders on this issue. Student debt in Colorado has ballooned from $19 billion to over $27 billion in just three years – we can no longer wait to act. This is a crucial step that we can take for generations and generations to come and help borrowers repay their loans as quickly as possible.”
This bill would include student loan servicers in the Uniform Consumer Credit Code to establish licensing requirements for these service providers. It also empowers the Colorado Attorney General’s office to field, review, and attempt to resolve any complaints by borrowers against service providers.
April 6, 2019
Making progress on lowering health care and insurance costs!
The Denver Post recently summarized the 8 ways Colorado lawmakers want to make health care cheaper.
3 of the 8 efforts are Rep. Roberts’ bills: public option, reducing insulin prices, and health insurance co-op authorization.
Click here to read the full article.
April 3, 2019
April 1, 2019
April legislative newsletter from the Capitol and HD26: CLICK HERE.
march 23, 2019
Town Hall Meeting in Hayden.
March 22, 2019
Honoring Gypsum’s Eric Hill on the House Floor
Remembering longtime firefighter and dearly loved family man who lost his life in CDOT accident in Eagle County via Vail Daily.
MArch 20, 2019
House Health Committee Approve Roberts’ Bill to Reduce Insulin Prices
DENVER – The House Health and Insurance committee approved Rep. Dylan Roberts’ bill to reduce the price of life-saving insulin for people with diabetes in Colorado. Over 420,000 Coloradans have diabetes and an additional 20,000 Coloradans are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
“You wouldn’t imagine that such a small vial of medicine could have such a large impact on someone’s life, but for people with Type 1 Diabetes, insulin is the same as oxygen. You need it everyday to survive,” said Rep. Roberts, D-Avon. “This is a life-saving and life-sustaining drug, and we need to make sure that everyone who needs it isn’t forced to choose between their life and their other expenses. The skyrocketing cost of insulin is outrageous and it is literally putting people’s lives at risk.”
HB19-1216 caps the total co-pay that patients will pay for insulin to $100 per one-month supply, regardless of how much insulin is being dispensed. This is down from an average out-of-pocket costs of $600-900 per month, which Coloradans currently face.
“This bill is a targeted and modest step at trying to solve the much larger problem of prescription drug pricing but it will make a huge difference for Coloradans with diabetes and their families,” continued Rep. Roberts.
The bill also directs the Colorado Attorney General’s office investigate business practices, organization, pricing, and data of pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmacy benefit managers, insurance carriers, and any other entity that influences insulin costs and create a report that explores possible legislative solutions. The report will be submitted to the governor, the commissioner of insurance, and the judiciary committees of the House and Senate in 2020.
March 16, 2019
Town Hall Meeting in Gypsum!
March 11, 2019
Colorado bill targets drivers with bald tires, no chains on I-70
Sponsored by Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon, the Winter Conditions and Traction Control Requirements bill (HB-1207) passed 46-18, with five house Republicans joining Democrats in voting for the legislation, which now heads over to the Colorado Senate for deliberation.
"As I-70 drivers, we all know why this is important," Roberts said. "When the road up to Vail Pass or the Eisenhower Tunnel is snowy enough, it turns into chaos up there and just totally shuts down the highway. A lot of times as you drive by, you see all these cars spun out who clearly don’t have the right tires and were not prepared to be traveling that stretch of road that day."
HB-1207 requires that all motor vehicles traveling on I-70 between mileposts 133 (Dotsero) and 259 (Morrison) from Sept. 1 to May 31 be equipped with tires that have at least three-sixteenths of an inch of tread (up from the current two-sixteenths) or tire chains or alternative traction devices such as AutoSocks.
"(Spun-out cars and SUVs) have a choking effect on our entire highway system and our local residents as well as any tourists who are not going to come up to our county anymore and spend their money because of how miserable the traffic is," Roberts added.
March 5, 2019
March newsletter, legislation updates, and upcoming town halls: CLICK HERE.
february 6, 2019
February newsletter, legislative update, and town hall calendar: CLICK HERE.
january 27, 2019
Dylan Roberts’ bill to create a public health insurance option gains steam via Steamboat Pilot
As a bipartisan bill aimed at establishing a public health insurance option for Coloradans makes its way onto the House floor, Rep. Dylan Roberts (D-Avon) is feeling confident about support from the Senate and the Governor's office.
The cost of health insurance is exceptionally high in Colorado, Roberts said, with the mountain counties he represents having some of the highest premiums in the entire country.
"I talk to people all of the time who are choosing to forgo health insurance because they need to pay their mortgage," Roberts said.
And as premiums have skyrocketed during the past decade, so have deductibles. According to the Colorado Health Institute, deductibles rose 65 percent between 2010 and 2017.
Co-authored by Rep. Marc Catlin, (R-Montrose), HB19-1004 sets out the process to create a public option, Roberts explained.
"This bipartisan bill is a uniquely Colorado solution to a big problem we have in our state," said Roberts in a news release. "Too many Coloradans, especially in rural Colorado, are paying too much for health insurance." Full article.
January 17, 2019
Legislative update newsletter and town hall calendar: CLICK HERE.
JANUARY 2, 2019
Legislative preview newsletter from Rep. Roberts: CLICK HERE.
december 5, 2018
Local lawmakers Kerry Donovan and Dylan Roberts tabbed to lead state legislature committees via Vail Daily.
DENVER — Eagle County's two state lawmakers landed on committees near their constituents' hearts.
Sen. Kerry Donovan and Rep. Dylan Roberts received their committee appointments this week, as they and the rest of the state's lawmakers gear up for the 2019 state legislative session.
• Donovan will chair the state Senate's Agriculture and Natural Resources committee.
• Roberts will chair two committees: the Rural Affairs Committee and the Capital Development Committee.
November 7, 2018
ROBERTS ELECTED TO SECOND TERM IN COLORADO STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 26
October 14, 2018
Doing something about rising health care costs
My bill, HB1384 would study how to increase competition in the health insurance industry, especially in mountain counties, by developing a plan to introduce new insurance options like:
A Medicaid Buy-In aka a "Public Option"
A public-private partnership insurance plan
A regional co-op based insurance option
You can learn more in this story in the Steamboat Pilot about this exciting bill: CLICK HERE.
August 22, 2018
August Update from Rep. Dylan Roberts
CLICK HERE to read about what I and my team have been up to during the summer.
June 20, 2018
June Newsletter from Rep. Roberts
Six Roberts bills signed into law, an appearance on VICE News, interim committee work, and more! It's all in Rep. Roberts' June newsletter: CLICK HERE.
June 4, 2018
Quintin's Amendment Signed Into Law!
GYPSUM — Monday, June 4, was 9-year-old Quintin Lovato's best day ever.
First, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Quintin's Amendment, which will make life easier for Quintin, his family and hundreds of other families around the state. Continue reading the Vail Daily article about Quintin, the bill, and what it means for Colorado: CLICK HERE.
May 22, 2018
Post-session Town Hall Tour!
May 14, 2018
May 10, 2018
The 2018 Legislative Session has come to a close!
CLICK HERE to read my May Newsletter where I recap some of the big bills that passed at the end of the session, including transportation spending and PERA reform.
April 27, 2018
Doing something about rising health care costs
My bill, HB1384 would study how to increase competition in the health insurance industry by developing a plan to introduce new insurance options like:
A Medicaid Buy-In aka a "Public Option"
A public-private partnership insurance plan
A regional co-op based insurance option
You can learn more in my Vail Daily Op-Ed about this exciting bill: CLICK HERE.
April 12, 2018
Quintin's Amendment passes the House!
Another bipartisan bill passed! House Bill 18-1286 aka Quintin’s Amendment will allow children who rely on medical marijuana for conditions like epilepsy, Chron’s disease, and so many other conditions to have access to that medicine while they are at school. Letting these kids live as normal lives as possible and relieving the burden on their families is a cause I’m proud to champion.
On to the Senate with a huge bipartisan majority vote from the House.
Read more about Quintin from Eagle County and the bill here:https://www.vaildaily.com/…/vail-valley-third-grader-helpi…/
April 3, 2018
Rep. Dylan Roberts’ mining bill aims to protect water quality near mining operations
Vail Daily: Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Eagle, has introduced a bill he says will help make sure maintaining water quality is a priority, even after hard-rock mines shut down.
Colorado House Bill 18-1301 aims to protect water quality from the adverse impacts of mining by requiring reclamation plans to set an end date for water quality treatment to comply with water quality standards.
Read the full article in the Vail Daily: CLICK HERE
April 1, 2018
Dylan Roberts: Standing Up for Consumers
"Every day at the Capitol before I sponsor or vote on legislation, I always ask, "How will this make people's lives better?" I was proud to sponsor the Arbitration Service Provider Transparency Act that has now passed through the House because it does just that — helps make everyday consumer's lives better."
Read the full op-ed about one of my bills, the Arbitration Provider Transparency Act that has successfully passed the house: CLICK HERE.
March 23, 2018
Colorado House moving bills to address high healthcare costs
House Bill 1009, sponsored by Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Eagle, would require pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefit managers, insurers and nonprofits to make more information available on insulin pricing, including production costs, annual profits, and wholesale costs.
Full article: CLICK HERE
March 20, 2018
State lawmakers look to prevent mining disasters and protect Colorado's clean water - The Denver Post
Colorado lawmakers on Tuesday took a step toward preventing future mining disasters through the introduction of House Bill 18-1301, a bill that will ensure that water quality and cleanup is a top priority in the issuance of new hard-rock mining permits.
"Water's our most valuable resource. Protecting our water is always an effort we should undertake in the legislature," said Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Eagle, a bill sponsor. "This year, our water supply could be very scarce and making sure that water is clean is of huge importance."
Read the full Denver Post article: CLICK HERE.
March 8, 2018
Roberts' Rural CO Bills Advance
Two bills by Rep. Dylan Roberts to boost rural Colorado advanced in the House today.
This evening, the House Health, Insurance & Environment Committee advanced HB18-1205, Rep. Roberts’ bill to reduce the disparity in health care costs between rural Coloradans and those on the Front Range. Rural Coloradans pay significantly higher health insurance premiums and the burden is heaviest on rural Coloradans whose incomes fall between 400 percent and 500 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
Read the full release: CLICK HERE.
March 7, 2018
Rep. Roberts March Newsletter
CLICK HERE to read about Rep. Roberts' bills and other work at the Capitol.
FeBRUARY TOWN HALL TOUR
Rep. Roberts hit the road in February and held coffees and town hall meetings across the district. Events were held in: Avon, Basalt, Eagle, Hayden, and Steamboat.
February 21, 2018
"Rural DA bill sponsored by Rep. Dylan Roberts passes 1st committee" Read full article: click here.
February 20, 2018
"Advocating for You" - My February update column was published by our local newspapers:
"I write today to provide an update on what has happened in the first month, what I am working on for you and what to expect in the month ahead.
A lot has happened in the month since the session began. We have already sent a law to the Governor's desk that will allow nurses to practice across state lines and fixed a tax code that will benefit our local special districts that provide public transportation, fire protection and other services."
February 6, 2018
Rep. Roberts February Newsletter
CLICK HERE to hear about the start of the 2018 legislative session and learn about Rep. Roberts' work at the Capitol.
February 1, 2018
Honoring Eagle County and Routt County's Olympians on the House Floor. There are twenty-one athletes with connections to HD 26 heading to South Korea to represent us in the 2018 Winter Games! Go USA!
January 11, 2018
OPENING DAY: Transportation got everyone's attention on the opening day of the Colorado legislature via Colorado Politics
January 9, 2018
Rep. Roberts Legislative Preview Newsletter
CLICK HERE to see what Rep. Roberts will be working on and see how you can stay in touch throughout the session.
January 8, 2018
Insulin Costs Draw Statehouse Scrutiny; Rep. Dylan Roberts to Demand Price Transparency
Freshman Rep. Dylan Roberts hasn't even started his first Colorado House session and has already introduced a bill that could help Colorado families struggling with diabetes and the cost of treating it. Read the full article in the Vail Daily here.
january 5, 2018
Cost of Insulin to be debated by Colorado Lawmakers
When Lawmakers reconvene in Denver for the General Assembly session in January, one of the many topics up for debate will be the cost of insulin.
As the Fox 31 problem Solvers have highlighted previously, the cost of insulin has more than doubled in the last five years.
For instance, a vial of Humalog cost $254 dollars in 2016. It cost $122 in 2011.
“Over the last 20 years the cost of insulin has increased almost 1200 percent,” State Rep. Dylan Roberts said.
Roberts is sponsoring a measure to address the issue of increased insulin prices. Roberts has a personal connection to the issue. His brother died of a diabetic seizure several years ago.
Roberts’ bill would require pharmaceutical companies to detail with the state why the price of a drug is increasing.
December 31, 2017
State Rep. Dylan Roberts plans to introduce bill to bring transparency to insulin prices in Colorado
Inspired by a Nevada law that takes effect Monday, state Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Eagle, plans to introduce legislation when the Colorado General Assembly convenes next week to require transparency about insulin pricing from drug manufacturers.
“If you have Type I diabetes, you cannot live without insulin, and it’s one of the prescription drugs whose price has increased exponentially over the past several years,” Roberts told Colorado Politics.
Full article: click here
November 13, 2017
Roberts Officially Joins CO Legislature
The House Democratic caucus gained a new member today with the swearing-in of Rep. Dylan Roberts to represent House District 26. He succeeds Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, whose resignation became effective Nov. 2.
November 1, 2017
Roberts: Thank you for the opportunity to serve as new House District 26 representative
Read the letter from Rep-elect Roberts in the Vail Daily: https://www.vaildaily.com/opinion/roberts-thank-you-for-the-opportunity-to-serve-as-new-house-district-26-representative/