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Medicaid Matters on the Hill

Budget: Medicaid looking good, but no guarantees until end of Session
Last Thursday, the Executive Appropriations Committee cancelled their meeting at the last minute.  Executive Appropriations is scheduled to meet at 4:10 today in room 210 of the Senate building.   Read more about this meeting here.

Cuts Still on the Chopping Block: Primary Care Grants
Primary Care Grants funding ($400,000 of the $1.2 million total) has fallen off of the list to be backfilled! (read more)

SB180 Headed to the House Floor
Senator Liljenquist’s SB180 Medicaid Reform bill is headed to the House floor for a vote in the next several days… (read more)

State Health Reform Front

Insurance Amendments Relating to Abortion: Rep. Wimmer’s last minute proposal to dodge federal reform guidelines and create barriers to a successful Exchange
HB354 prohibits insurance plans on the Exchange from covering abortion unless the abortion is medically necessary to avert the death of the woman…(read more)

Utah’s Health System Reform and HB128
HB128, Health Reform Amendments, passed the senate 23-0 on Friday.  This bill moves Utah’s own health system reform forward a few steps (see our short “History of Utah’s Health Reform” here) building the framework for increased transparency in Utah’s Health Exchange…(read more)

HB404 State Health Insurance Amendments
HB404, sponsored by Rep. Ipson, was debated and recommended out of the House Retirement and Independent Entities Interim Committee with a 4-3 vote last week…(read more)

Federal Health Reform Front

National Governors Association Semiannual Meeting in Washington D.C.
This week President Obama addressed governors from across the country at the National Governors Association meeting…(read more)

Defining “Essential Care” Benefits
This week starts the much anticipated rule writing process for defining the “Essential Care Package” referred to in the ACA: thelist of basic medical services that health plans must cover under the law…(read more)

ACA: It’s the Law
Judge Roger Vinson of Federal District Court in Pensacola stayed his own ruling against the Obama health care law last Thursday…(read more)

Health Bill Tracker for Week 7 – FINAL WEEK
Be sure to check out this week’s Health Bill Tracker here.

Caucus Clips
During the lunch break every Tuesday and Thursday through the session, legislators gather into their 4 caucuses (by house and party) to informally discuss issues and priorities…(read more)

Important Announcements

Federal Exchange Standards and Utah: A Conference Call with Joel Ario, HHS Exchange Director
Find out how you can participate in this call here.

Free and Open to the Public!  Panel Discussion of Federal Health Reform
"Transformation of Health Care Delivery Under Health Care Reform: Prospects and Challenges."  Find out how you can participate in this meeting here.

End-of-Session Tips for Advocates
Health Action Calendar, Legislator Contact List, Prepare to Thank Legislators, and more here.


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