Health Reform Task Force

Utah Legislature


Thursday, July 17, 2014 • 9:00 a.m. • Room 30 House Building




Time Frame


9:00         1.      Task Force Business

      Call to order

      Approval of the minutes of the June 12, 2014, meeting



9:05         2.      Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Employer Size

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, Utah has the option to expand participation in its state-based exchange for small employers to include employers with 51 to 100 employees (current participation is limited to employers with up to 50 employees). In 2016, this expansion will be mandatory. The task force will consider whether to recommend that employers with 51 to 100 employees be allowed to participate in the exchange beginning in 2015.



9:30         3.      Medicaid Expansion Update on Healthy Utah Proposal

The task force will be updated on Governor Gary R. Herbert’s efforts to negotiate federal approval of his Healthy Utah Plan, one of several proposals to expand Medicaid eligibility considered during the 2014 General Session of the Legislature. The task force will also be updated on developments in other states seeking to implement alternative Medicaid eligibility expansions under the federal Affordable Care Act.


     Utah Department of Health

     Task force staff



10:20      4.      A Demographic Profile of Potential Medicaid Eligibility Expansion Populations

The task force will receive a report on the characteristics of Utahns with household incomes up to 100% of the federal poverty level (or federal poverty guidelines) and between 101% and 138% of the federal poverty level.


      Dr. Norman J. Waitzman, University of Utah Department of Economics and Codirector of the University’s Health Society and Policy Program



10:50      5.      The “Coverage Gap” Population

The task force will view portions of Entitled to Life, a locally produced film featuring the stories of individuals ineligible for publicly subsidized health insurance.


      Mr. Paul Gibbs, independent filmmaker



11:00      6.      Medicaid Expansion Funding and Other Considerations

The task force will consider various issues related to potential expansion proposals.



11:35      7.      Federal Health Insurance Marketplace Implementation

At its last meeting, the task force directed its staff to prepare a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requesting that the department address federal Health Insurance Marketplace implementation issues raised by Utah insurers. The task force will review the draft letter.



11:45      8.      State Innovations Model Grant

Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that applications for Round 2 of the State Innovations Model grants available under the federal Affordable Care Act are due July 21, 2014.  The task force’s Behavioral Health Workgroup will report on including the integration of physical and behavioral health in the grant application.


      Rep. Dean Sanpei, Chair, Behavioral Health Workgroup



11:55      9.      Utah’s Premium Partnership for Health Insurance (UPP)

The task force will follow up on its May discussion about Utah’s Premium Partnership for Health Insurance (UPP).


      Rep. James A. Dunnigan, Cochair, Health Reform Task Force



12:00      10.    Adjourn