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Medicaid REALLY Matters on the Hill

A. Building Blocks for Fiscal Year 2012
Three weeks into the session and we are still facing serious cuts to Medicaid programs.  With all of the Medicaid cuts on the table this year, we want to highlight 2 important building blocks investmentsfor serious consideration in FY 2012… (read more)

B. Cuts still on the table for Fiscal Year 2012
What can we (and YOU) do to protect these programs? Find out HERE.

C. On the Road to State Medicaid Reform
Yesterday Senator Dan Liljenquist released his much anticipated Medicaid Reform bill (SB180), which was immediately heard in the Senate Business and Labor Committee and passed with unanimous, bipartisan support. Read about it here.

State Health Reform Front

HB128: Health Reform Amendments, sponsored by Rep. J. Dunnigan
: New and not improved: HB128 Health Reform Amendments, sponsored by Rep. Dunnigan has been re-drafted--again.  Read the re-draft, find out what pieces were taken out, and learn about new state reform bills on the hill, here.

Federal Health Reform Front

Medicaid Reform Guidance from Federal HHS
. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius issued a letter to state governors this week addressing state budget concerns especially as related to Medicaid… (read more)

Federal Reform Court Challenges
  • Request for expedited appeal: In a letter to President Obama, 28 governors, including Utah’s Governor Herbert, expressed strong support for an expedited appeal of the court challenges to the Affordable Care Act.   -
  • Another win for ACA in the courts: The Affordable Care Act found itself in court again, this time in Mississippi.  Federal Judge Keith Starrett threw out a suit challenging the constitutionality of the bill. 
  • Utah’s position on Florida ruling: According to an article in today’s Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Gov. Herbert is taking a careful approach to evaluating Utah’s position in regarding to the Affordable Care Act. 
  • White House weighs in on Florida ruling: Assistant to President and Deputy Senior Advisor Stephanie Cutter responded to the Florida ruling on the Affordable Care Act on the White House Blog, stating that the ruling was a plain case of “judicial overreaching and judicial activism." 

Read details on Federal reform court challenges here.

Health Bill Tracker for Week 4

It’s that time in the Session when bills start getting stuck in the bottleneck of…TOO MANY BILLS. The good news is that it’s too late for new bills or threatening bill titles to come out. Be sure to check out this week’s Health Bill Tracker here.

Check This Out!

  • Judi Hilman Receives the Families USA Consumer Health Advocate of the Year Award! (read more)
  • Love Facebook?  Then become a fan of UHPP’s Facebook page and join our Facebook Cause! (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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