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Medicaid REALLY Matters on the Hill

 ‘Medicaid Matters to Utah’ Press Conference TODAY

Join with Medicaid community stakeholders to ask the Legislature to ‘backfill’ and avoid Medicaid cuts. 
Tuesday February 22, 2011, 10:30am
The Olmstead Room (115) in the Senate Building 320 N State St.  SLC, UT

Read more about the press conference here.

Social Services Recommended Backfill for Medicaid Programs

Last Tuesday the Social Services Appropriations (SSA) committee voted to backfill some of the most critical and lifesaving Medicaid programs, including breast and cervical cancer treatment, transplants, hospice, and physical and occupational therapy…(read more)

Medicaid Eligibility Privatization….IT'S BACK!

A few weeks ago UHPP expressed concern over Sen. Liljenquist’s proposal to privatize Medicaid eligibility. Sen. Liljenquist dropped it but, unfortunately, this disastrous proposal is back in the form of HB174, sponsored by Rep. Harper…(read more)

State Health Reform Front

Utah’s Exchange on the Upswing!

Exchange staff have been diligently working out core technology issues on the Utah Health Exchange, and with good results…(read more)

The Future of the Utah Health Exchange

As the Exchange moves forward, it’s time to think about just what the Exchange will do to increase insurance coverage to Utahns…(read more

Federal Health Reform Front

President Obama starts drive for medical malpractice reforms

In his State of the Union address the President emphasized he is not willing to revisit fights of the past—like health care—and is ready to entertain ideas for improving health care reform…(read more)

1099 Revision in the ACA

This week the House of Representatives is working on legislation to repeal the unpopular 1099 provision in the ACA that requires small businesses to file with the IRS any transaction with a vendor of $600.00 or more.  This provision has been touted as a mistake by members of both parties as well as President Obama.  The US Senate has already passed a 1099 repeal.
 
States Awarded Early Innovator Grants for Exchange Planning

Seven states were awarded federal grants to design the infrastructure and technology needed to operate their state health insurance exchanges…(read more)

ACA Provides Expanded Coverage in 2011!

Jacob Hacker, professor of political science at Yale University points out some of the impacts the Affordable Care Act will have in 2011…(read more)

Health Bill Tracker for Week 5

Be sure to check out this week’s Health Bill Tracker here.

Caucus Clips (New Section!)

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)

Tools for Advocates 2011

Health Action Calendar, Legislator Contact List, How to get to the Hill and more here.
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