February 21, 2020

Hello health care advocates,

We have made it through FOUR weeks of the legislative session - we're over half way! Please see below for an updated list of bills UHPP is following, and their current status.

The main updates for this week:

HB 207 - Representative Thurston's insulin access bill passed unanimously out of House HHS and is headed to the House floor. SB74 - Senator Kitchen's family planning services bill passed out of Senate Business and Labor committee. HB 38 - Representative Daw's bill that requests a waiver to allow certain incarcerated people to enroll into Medicaid has been tabled in the Senate 3rd reading calendar after passing out of the House and the Senate 2nd reading.

We also have two calls to action for you today:

1- If you haven't yet, please use this simple link to send a letter to your legislators in support of HB207 , Insulin Access Amendments: https://p2a.co/oayWzVV

2- Please reach out to your Senators and ask them to continue supporting HB38:


Let us know if there are any action alerts you'd like us to share with the coalition next week!
BILLS WE'RE SUPPORTING

This 'Keeping Kids Covered' bill would provide 12- month continuous eligibility for kids on Medicaid, and would address other potential barriers to coverage for children by allowing automatic CHIP premiums and chartering a study on Utah’s kids churn issue.

STATUS:
Ranked #14 on Social Service Appropriations Ongoing Priority List and #18 on the one-time list
Fiscal Note Available
House Rules Committee

Directs the Utah Department of Health, or third party firm, to analyze All Payer Claims Database (APCD) and report yearly on wasteful spending in Utah.

STATUS:
Ranked #48 on Social Service Appropriations Ongoing Priority List
House/ Passed 3rd Reading
Senate HHS

HB 207 Insulin Access Amendments , Representative Thurston 
This bill creates an incentive for health benefit plans to reduce the required copayments for insulin. As well as increasing the number of days for which an insulin prescription can be refilled, increasing the length of time an insulin prescription can last, and increases the number of professions that can be licensed to prescribe insulin.

STATUS:
House/ HHS Passed
House 3rd Reading

Directs the Utah Department of Health to apply for a waiver allow inmates with substance use disorder to apply for and receive Medicaid benefits up to 30 days before release from a correctional facility. Creates a substance use and mental health tele-health pilot program to be conducted in one or more county jails, and tax refund for qualifying clinicians providing care for incarcerated individuals.

STATUS:
Ranked #34 on Social Service Appropriations Ongoing Priority List and #11 on the one-time list
House/ Passed 3rd Reading
Senate/ Business and Labor Committee Passed
Senate/ Passed 2nd Reading
Senate/ placed on 3rd Reading Calendar table

HB 32 Crisis Services Amendment* , Representative Eliason
Expanded crisis services including expanded mobile crisis outreach statewide, receiving center pilot program, and statewide warm line.

*This was substituted in committee to remove the IMD waiver provision. UHPP is now supporting, rather than watching this bill.

STATUS:
Ranked #25, 26 and 42 on Social Service Appropriations Ongoing Priority List and #5 on the one-time list
House HHS / Unanimous Favorable Recommendation
House/ 3rd Reading Passed
Senate Rules Committee

Modifies and enacts provisions related to mental health treatment access. Gives recom mendations on the need for more adult beds at the Utah State Hospital. Outlines the responsibilities of assertive community outreach treatment teams (ACT teams) and requests a grant to develop ACT teams. The third substitute version also creates a Utah Substance Use and Advisory Council within the Governor's office.

STATUS:
Ranked #40 on Social Service Appropriations Ongoing Priority List
House/ Passed 3rd Reading
Senate HHS/ Passed

HB 313 Telehealth Parity Amendments , Representative Ballard
This bill amends the definition of telemedicine services; clarifies the scope of telehealth practice; and requires certain health benefit plans to provide coverage parity and commercially reasonable reimbursement for telehealth services and telemedicine services.

STATUS:
House Business and Labor Committee

Provides funding appropriated by the Legislature for a professional education scholarships and loan repayment assistance to health care professionals who locate or continue to practice in underserved areas; and loan repayment assistance to geriatric professionals who locate or continue to underserved areas.

STATUS:
House Passed 3rd Reading
Senate Economic Development and Workforce Services Committee

Adds dental education programs to the list of training programs in the rural residency training program.

STATUS:
Senate/ Passed 3rd Reading
House/ Passed 3rd Reading

Extends the repeal date for the Children's Hearing Aid Program.

STATUS:
House/ Passed 3rd Reading
Senate HHS - Favorable Recommendation
Senate/ 3rd Reading Passed

This concurrent resolution urges the United States Congress to address escalating prescription drug prices.

STATUS:
House HHS - Favorable Recommendation
House/ Passed 3rd Reading
Senate HHS Committee

HB 34 Tanning for Minors , Representative Daw
Removes the provision that allows a minor to tan with a parent's consent. Directs the department to post warning signs that are consistent with this bill.
The substitute version that passed the House maintains the physician consent provision.

STATUS:
House/ Circled
House/ Passed 3rd Reading
Senate Business and Labor Committee- Held

SB 74 Family Planning Services , Senator Kitchen
This bill requires the Division of Health Care Financing to apply for a Medicaid waiver or a state plan amendment to extend family planning services to certain low-income individuals; and extends the sunset date for the current reporting requirement.

STATUS:
Senate HHS- Favorable Recommendation
Senate/ 2nd Reading Calendar

BILLS WE’RE WATCHING 

Implements more transparency measures on PBMs. Requires the Insurance Department to annually publish the total value of rebates and administrative fees received by a PBM from a pharmaceutical manufacturer.

STATUS:
House HHS

Requires health care facilities and providers who do balance billing for certain services to sumit a report to the Insurance Department. Implements rules, and penalties, for those that do not comply with submitting information

STATUS:
Senate Rules Committee

HB 86 Adult Autism Treatment Program , Representative Hall 
Works to create the Adult Autism Treatment Account to allocate more money for this specific budgeting.

STATUS:
House HHS/ Passed
House/ Passed 3rd Reading
Senate Business and Labor/ Passed

This bill amends the definition of unprofessional conduct for prescribing health care professionals and pharmacists.

STATUS:
House/ Passed 3rd Reading
Senate/ Passed 3rd Reading

HB 249 Insulin Copay Amendments , Representative Ballard
This bill enacts provisions related to the price of insulin. This bill places a cap on the copayment an insurance company can require for an insulin to 100$ per 30 days supply as of January 1, 2021.

STATUS:
House Rules Committee

This bill requires a health benefit plan to cover in-vitro fertilization if it provides a maternity benefit.

STATUS:
House Business and Labor Committee

Amends provisions relating to the allocation of new appropriations to the Division of Services for People with Disabilities 

STATUS:
Senate HHS Passed
Senate/ Passed 3rd Reading
House HHS Committee

HB 97 Newborn Safe Haven Amendments , Representative Arent
This bill subjects to certain requirements, allows a parent or a parent's designee to safely relinquish a newborn child within 30 days after the day on which the child is born.

STATUS:
House HHS Passed
House/ Passed 3rd Reading
Senate HHS Passed
Senate 2nd Reading Calendar

HB 7 Social Services Base Budget , Representative Ray
This bill supplements or reduces appropriations otherwise provided for the support and operation of state government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020 and appropriates funds for the support and operation of state government for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021.

STATUS:
House/ Passed 3rd Reading
Senate/ Passed 3rd Reading
Don't forget that Health Care Round Table will meet next Wednesday, 2/26 at 1pm in the Kletting room . Please come to share updates.
Thank you for your continued advocacy!

Courtney Bullard
Education and Collaborations Director
Utah Health Policy Project
Email- Courtney@healthpolicyproject.org