The 2020 Utah Legislative Session wrapped up late last night, after 45 days of determined advocacy from community members and engaged citizens, and hard work from our Senators and House Representatives. We are so grateful to everyone who worked on behalf of good public policy!
The highlight of our week? At the last minute, 12-month continuous eligibility for children on Medicaid was funded!! This means that kids 0-5 will be able to stay covered for a full year instead of cycling off and on their health insurance. This is a huge victory for our friends at Voices for Utah Children, and all of us who have been fighting to Keep Kids Covered for so long. A big thank you to Senator Luz Escamilla for fighting to ensure that this proposal was funded, and to Representative Ray Ward for sponsoring the bill and appropriation request. See more from Voices HERE.
See our final bill tracker below for a look at where things landedafter the last votes were cast.
Call to Action:
1-Pat yourself on the back for all your hard work!!
2- Wash your hands like you've been chopping hot peppers.
3- Stay home as much as possible, especially if you are sick!
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.
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.
This bill would provide pharmacy-counter flexibility for certain drugs like albuterol and epinephrine, allowing emergency refills and other measures to ensure patients don't run out of these prescriptions.
Works to create the Adult Autism Treatment Account to allocate more money for this specific budgeting.
STATUS: PASSED and FUNDED
OTHER SESSION UPDATES:
We carefully watched the Medicaid expansion budget, and after some concern that money would be diverted away from the Medicaid expansion fund to the general fund, the session ended with the $56 million dollars in question being preserved in a Medicaid restricted account. Although there is a significant surplus in the expansion budget, it is important that we keep that money focused on low-income health care, especially as enrollment continues to grow.
The legislature designated a significant amount of money for Coronavirus/COVID-19response, and leadership has indicated an openness to a special session if needed to further address the crisis.
There will be a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November, asking whether income tax revenue should be used to fund programs for "children and disabled". Read more HERE.
Health Care Round Table will be on hold temporarily while we readjust post-session.
We will wait at least 2 weeks to reconvene, and going forward we will have remote meeting options for those working from home and/or engaging in self-quarantine.
Thank you again for all your hard work over the last 45 days!!