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Let’s Get Busy: A To-Do List For Medicaid Reform
2011 will be a busy year for Medicaid in Utah!  SB180 Medicaid Reform  passed out of the Legislature and is now in the hands of the Department of Health, which is charged with the task of changing the way Medicaid is delivered and paid for in Utah....(read more)

Medicaid Reform Public Meetings  MEETING SCHEDULE
Location: Utah Department of Health, Cannon Health Building, Conference Room 125 for all meetings.
These take place every Wednesday (read more)

UMP Annual Post-Session Retreat May 3, 9am-12pm
We will discuss the State of Medicaid after the 2011 Legislative Session amd Medicaid Reform-SB180
RSVP and learn more about the retreat here.

Making The Most Of The Interim Session
Executive Appropriations and Health and Human Services Interim Committee’s will be meeting throughout the Interim session beginning Tuesday, May 17, 2011 (Exec Approps) and Wednesday, May 18 for HHS Interim and most other committees...(read more)

On The Federal Front:  Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget Will Gut Medicaid And Privatize Medicare
The proposed House majority budget, introduced by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, slashes $1.43 trillion over the next 10 years from Medicare and Medicaid by cutting critical health care for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as children and their families...(read more)

On the State Front: What's Best for Utah?
Utah’s health system reform is based on the principle that the market is the best mechanism for improved access to quality, cost effective health care.  That’s why the Utah Health Exchange which welcomes all insurers who meet minimum standards into the Exchange, relying on market forces to generate product offerings...(read more)

Reporting on Utah’s Health Care Quality, Safety, and Cost
Among the many positive provisions of the recently passed HB128 (Health Reform Amendments, sponsored by Rep. Dunnigan) is a requirement that the Health Data Authority compile and make public a yearly report about physician and clinic quality, safety, and cost in Utah.  This is great news for Utah consumers...(read more)

The Governor’s Recent Vetoes
The Governor vetoed four bills on March 30th...(read more)

The Health System Reform Task Force and U-SHARE (Health Reform Coalition)
The Health System Reform Task Force will meet on Wednesday afternoons during the interim (read more).  

  • Roll up your sleeves at U-SHARE’s Post-Session Lunch Retreat!
    Where: Olmstead Room, East/Senate Bldg, State Capitol
    When:  May 18th 12:00-2:00 pm (grab your lunch in cafeteria)—in between HHS Interim & the Task Force!

Read More about these projects here

Looking Forward: Long Awaited Draft Plan For Improving Health Equity Released By HHS
Last Friday, April 8, the US Department of Health and Human Services presented a draft 2-part plan to move the nation toward improved health equity. This is big news for Utah, where health disparities can be very significant...(read more)

Monthly Meeting is May 4th at Department of Health, Cannon Health Building, 288 N. 1460 W in SLC.
The Health Portion is first, at 1:30 pm.  (read more)

2011 Utah Global Health Conference
Friday, April 22, 2011, 9am to 4pm
Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) on the University of Utah campus.
Free and open to the public (read more)

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