Colorado Medical Assistance Repayment, Amendment 18 (1994)

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The Colorado Medical Assistance Repayment Amendment, also known as Amendment 18, was on the November 8, 1994 ballot in Colorado as an initiated constitutional amendment, where it was defeated. The measure would have stipulated the financial responsibility in cases where any payment of medical assistance by any agency of the state or any of its political subdivisions to a biological parent or third party on behalf of or for the benefit of that biological parent's child. This responsibility would have been assigned in two ways to:

  • The biological parent who is not the applicant for or recipient of the medical assistance payment, until the child reaches full age.
  • And, each biological or adoptive parent of a minor biological parent of the child, until the income, property and resources of the parent become insufficient or until the minor biological parent reaches full age.[1]

Election results

Colorado Amendment 18 (1994)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No714,65368.15%
Yes 334,029 31.85%

Election results via: Colorado Legislative Council

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1][2]

Shall there be an amendment to the Colorado Constitution to provide, effective July 1, 1995, that any payment of medical assistance by any agency of the state or any of its political subdivisions to a biological parent or third party on behalf of or for the benefit of that biological parent's child born on or after July 1, 1995, for any medical assistance rendered to the child shall constitute a debt owed to the agency jointly and severally by: (a) the biological parent who is not the applicant for or recipient of the medical assistance payment, until the child reaches full age, and (b) each biological or adoptive parent of a minor biological parent of the child, until the income, property and resources of the parent become insufficient or until the minor biological parent reaches full age; to require that the applicant for or recipient of assistance shall assist the appropriate agency in establishing the paternity of the child; and to exempt from the incurred debt medical assistance rendered to the biological parent or child when such assistance is available to the public without regard to economic status?[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Colorado Legislative Council, "Ballot Issue History"
  2. El Paso County, Colorado, "Official Sample Ballot for General Election"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.