February 15, 2020

Hello health care advocates,

We have made it through the THIRD week of the legislative session! Please see below for an updated list of bills UHPP is following, and their current status.

The main updates for this week:
The Social Services appropriations committee wrapped up three weeks of work with a list of priorities for ongoing and one-time funding. HB38 , Representative Daw's Substance Use Disorder and Health Care bill passed on the House floor and unanimously out of Senate committee and is now headed for final approval on the Senate floor. HB32 , Representative Eliason's mental health crisis bill passed unanimously out of committee. And HB195 , Representative Harrison's low-value care identifier bill passed the House unanimously!

Looking ahead, SB74 - Senator Kitchen's family planning services bill, and HB207 Representative Thurston's- insulin access access bill are headed back into committee next week. With a lot of action on other important bills expected...

We also have a call 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
Please be sure to customize the form letter! and SHARE with your friends and networks.

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 Rules Committee

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:
 Bill was heard in House HHS committee - held pending revisions, should be back next week

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 2nd Reading

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

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
H ouse/ Passed 3rd Reading
Senate Rules Committee

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 Rules 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

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

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

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- In committee Tuesday, Feb 18th at 8:00 AM

BILLS WE’RE WATCHING 

Implements more transparency measures on PBMs.

STATUS:
House HHS

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

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 Rules 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 Rules Committee

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, 2/19 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