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Action Items for Medicaid Defense

Last Monday the Social Services Appropriations (SSA) Subcommittee recommended to backfill most of the cuts proposed by the fiscal analyst the week before. Still, this consensus is no guarantee, and the decision now moves to Executive Appropriations Committee, or EAC… (read more)

SAVE THE DATE: February 16th  9:30-10:00 AM
Utah Medicaid Matters Press Conference in State Capitol Board Room

Sign on to the Utah Medicaid Partnership/U-SHARE coalition's Principles for Guiding Medicaid Budget Decisions…( read them here).
Thank SSA Subcommittee members for their "backfill" recommendations, and encourage them to see them through (do it here).
SB 137 (Preferred Drug List) Medicaid Amendments (Sen. Christensen)

SB 137 will be heard THIS THURSDAY 2:00 PM in Room 250 State Capitol. This is a top priority for UHPP, as it is now built into the budget recommendations of the SSA Committee. See our issue brief here.  Read more about what else is on the Medicaid CHOPPING BLOCK and what was recommended for restoration by the SSA Committee here.
Building Blocks for Better Health

Now is the time in the Session to consider building blocks: investments we can make to achieve worthy health reform goals or to support independent living and employability… (read more).

Stay Current with UMP/U-SHARE

The Utah Medicaid Partnership meets every Wednesday during the legislative session from 1:15 to 2:00 in the Olmstead room in the East building of the Capitol Complex.  UMP’s next meeting is this Wednesday February 2.  Please join us!

State Health Reform Front

HB128 Health Reform Amendments, sponsored by Rep. Dunnigan, is now even stronger!  The bill now includes a requirement that the Health Data Committee publish—free and easily accessible to the public—a yearly report comparing Utah’s health care facilities and institutions on quality standards, charges, and patient safety standards… (read more).

Federal Reform Front

This week saw several more rounds in what seems to be a very long boxing match for the Affordable Care Act (federal health reform).  In a multi state case, Florida Judge Roger Vinson issued a ruling against the Affordable Care Act and The U.S. Senate voted against health reform repeal…(read more).

Advocacy Training for Multicultural Health Priorities

We invite you to attend a special advocacy training and “boot camp” to defend Medicaid coverage of interpreting services and to push for passage of Sen. Luz Robles’ SB 41 (Health Care Amendments for Legal Immigrant Children).
When:                           February 8th  5:30-7:00 PM
Where:                          Multipurpose Room 1st floor, State Capitol (main building, beside north entrance)

Read more about this event.

Health Bill Tracker for Week 3

It’s that time in the Session when bills and curious bill titles come tumbling out of the woodwork. Be sure to check out this week’s Health Bill Tracker here.  

Tools for Advocates 2011 - Keep track of health-related events happening during the session.
  • Health Action Calendar: Keep track of health-related events happening during the session. 
  • Legislator Contact List:Check out our handy 2011 spreadsheet of legislators and their contact information. 
  • How to get to the Hill, and parking.  



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