We have completed FIVE weeks of the legislative session, only TWO more left! 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 out of the House and has arrived in the Senate. It will be in HHS Monday Morning! SB74 - Senator Kitchen's family planning services bill passed out of Senate and has made it to the House. It will be in HHS at 4:00 on Monday! HB 313 - Representative Ballard's telehealth bill passed the House and is headed to the Senate.
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.
Ranked #14 on Social Service Appropriations Ongoing Priority List and #18 on the one-time list. Will move forward as an appropriation rather than as a bill.
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.
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.
Ranked #34 on Social Service Appropriations Ongoing Priority List and #11 on the one-time list
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.
This bill requires the Department of Health to submit a request to the United States Department of Health and Human Services for a prescription drug importation program. If the request is approved, this bill requires PEHP to operate a two-year pilot prescription drug importation program for the state's health insurance risk pool.
Modifies and enacts provisions related to mental health treatment access. Gives recommendations 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.
Ranked #40 on Social Service Appropriations Ongoing Priority List
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.
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.
Requires health care facilities and providers who do balance billing for certain services to submit a report to the Insurance Department. Implements rules, and penalties, for those that do not comply with submitting information
Senate Business and Labor Committee - Favorable Recommendation