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MEDICAID REFORM
Following passage of SB180 Medicaid Reform (comprehensive Medicaid payment and delivery system reform designed to limit cost growth while improving health outcomes), Utah Medicaid Director Michael Hales and SB180 sponsor Sen. Dan Liljenquist agreed to convene 7 weekly meetings to obtain input from stakeholders...(read more)

MAKING THE MOST OF THE MAY INTERIM SESSION
The Executive Appropriations, Health + Human Services, and Business + Labor Interim Committee will be meeting on a monthly basis throughout the Interim session beginning Tuesday, May 17, 2011...(read more)

UTAH’S HEALTH SYSTEM REFORM TASK FORCE
The Health System Reform Task Force will meet on Wednesday afternoons during the interim (Room 450 State Capitol)...(read more)

Utahns for Sustainable HeAlth Reform (U-SHARE)
This year we plan to work with U-SHARE and other partners to generate stronger reform and Exchange measures out of the task force process.  Roll up your sleeves at U-SHARE’s Post-Session Lunch Retreat!

On the Federal Front 
UPDATE ON COURT CHALLENGES TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT
Of the 31 lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act (federal health reform) in courts, most have been dismissed or are winding their way through the lower courts.  Where are we now?  The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals became the first appellate court to hear arguments on the ACA...(read more)

On the State Front

UTAH’S HEALTH EXCHANGE AT THE CROSSROADS UPDATED!

We have updated our brief about the Utah Health Exchange (Utah’s Exchange at the Crossroads)

U.S. CONGRESS VOTES TO DEFUND STATE HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGES
Congress passed H.R. 1213 along partisan lines Tuesday, May 3. This bill repeals funds that will help states set up Health Insurance Exchanges

UTAH BUSINESS GROUP ON HEALTH AT UHPP
Salt Lake City’s Economic Development Division & Local First Utah sponsored the 2nd annual Neighborhood Business Conference on Friday, May 6, hosted by Westminster College...(Read More)

DELIVERY + PAYMENT REFORM DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS
The Utah legislature first called for the piloting of state-based delivery and payment reform demonstration projects in 2009.  Find out how this is coming along and how the ACA supports it here.

CONSUMER HEALTH ASSISTANCE & INFORMATION NETWORK TO LAUNCH IN JULY…WITHIN UNITED WAY OF SALT LAKE’S
COLLECTIVE IMPACT PROCESS IN & AROUND TITLE I SCHOOLS!         

The CHAIN (Consumer Health Assistance, Information, and Navigation) Network is an emerging public-private sector network of approximately 70 Utah organizations designed to help consumers navigate medical assistance and insurance options, particularly as these options evolve toward near-universal coverage in 2014.  (read more)

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Get details here
Monthly Meeting with Michael Hales: Special “Waiver Walk-Through” Session
U-SHARE Mini-Retreat
Utah Health Exchange Advisory Board monthly meeting (open to the public)

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