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The Heath Care Compact Gets a Nod from Senate Committee with Little to no Health Care Expertise


The Senate Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Committee sent SB 208 Health Care Compact (Sen. Adams) to the full Senate on a 4-2 vote along party lines last Thursday.   The Health Care Compact is bad policy for Utah and we had the votes to kill it in Senate Health and Human Services, the committee it was supposed to be heard in.  That’s why leadership decided to move the bill to a completely unrelated committee.  Frustrated?  Keep reading.
 
The venue may have changed but the problems with the bill remain the same:
  • It grows Utah government. 
  • It hands Medicare to the state, but with an estimated $217 million fewer federal dollars in 2014 than are currently spent for Utah’s 280,000 beneficiaries. 
  • It shortchanges Utah on federal Medicaid funding –by an estimated $132 million in 2014. 
  • Its supporters can’t answer basic questions about the bill’s impact.
SB208 is not just a message bill expressing frustration with the feds and national health reform.  It will have life and death consequences for real Utahns.  In sum, this bill is not ready for prime time.
 
UHPP was joined by AARP, the Utah Hospital Association, Utah Home Care and Hospice Association, Utah Family Voices, and the Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities in testifying against the bill (see
Tribune story ). 
 
Our best chance now to send the bill back to Texas where it came from is in the Senate…please see the article “
Health Care Compact: Time to Spend Political Capital ” to find out how you can help. 

Health Care Compact:  Time to Spend Political Capital (No Excuses!) 

With the Senate poised to debate Sen. Stuart Adams’ SB208, (Heath Care Compact) any day now, we want to sound the alarm and ask organizations serving senior citizens, children, people with disabilities, and the medically under-served to get off the side lines and do your part to defeat this bill!

Read more here.



Announcements

SAVE THE DATE…
The Affordable Chocolate Act Turns 2: How Sweet It Is!
 
Join us to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and the end of the 2012 Legislative Session—yes, it will end.
 
When: Friday, March 23, 2012 5:30-8:00 PM
Where: Hatch Family Chocolates
               376 E. 8th Avenue, Suite A
               Salt Lake City
RSVP: NOW to reserve tickets (space is limited). Send email to
info@healthpoliyproject.org.  
 
This is an evening not to be missed!  For more information click here
 
Utah's 2012 Legislative Session: January 23 - March 8, 2012

Visit the legislature’s website to see the legislative schedule, and find bills and representatives and senators.

Joint Utah Medicaid Partnership and Utahns For Sustainable Health Reform Meetings 

Join us at the Capitol for a joint UMP/U-SHARE meeting every Wednesday 1:15-2:00 in the 
Olmsted Room at the Capitol- Senate Building.

For more information about announcements including directions to the Utah State Capitol click here



How Does "400 Million in New Revenus" Grab You?

Prospects for UHPP’s 2013 funding priorities brightened ever so slightly last week with the release of updated consensus revenue projections that show $289 million in on-going and $133 million in one-time funding for the coming fiscal year. 

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Keeping Kids and Families Healthy by Keeping Them Enrolled in Health Coverage Through Medicaid

Many Utahns enrolled in Medicaid have to prove eligibility multiple times a year—some monthly.  This can be an inefficient and time-consuming process for the applicant and caseworker alike—and puts families at risk of disrupted coverage, which can result in disrupted medical care.

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