Health and Human Services Interim Committee

Utah Legislature

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 • 8:00 a.m. • Room 20 House Building


   Time Frame

8:00       1.     Committee Business

     Call to order

     Approval of the minutes of the September 18, 2013, meeting

8:05       2.     Underage and Binge Drinking

The committee will consider a proposal to fund programs that prevent underage and binge drinking of alcohol.

     Rep. Jack R. Draxler

     Public comment

     Committee discussion/action


8:30       3.     Tobacco, Electronic Cigarettes, and Tobacco Paraphernalia

The committee will consider 2014 draft legislation that increases the minimum age for the purchase or possession of tobacco, electronic cigarettes, or tobacco paraphernalia from 19 to 21 years and makes related changes.

     Sen. Stuart C. Reid

     Public comment

     Committee discussion/action



9:00       4.     Sunset Review—Utah Health Data Authority Act

Unless the Legislature reauthorizes it, Utah Code Title 26, Chapter 33a, Utah Health Data Authority Act, will be repealed July 1, 2014. The committee invites interested parties to inform it of any concerns related to the act and of any proposals for improving the act's function. The committee may recommend that the act be reauthorized for up to 10 years, with or without amendment; recommend that the act be allowed to sunset; or take no action at all.


     Utah Department of Health

     Public comment

     Committee discussion/action



9:15       5.     Controlled Substance Database Access by Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations

The committee will consider whether the state should grant Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations access to the state’s controlled substance database in order to support Medicaid’s Restriction Program. The Restriction Program prevents inappropriate and excessive use of Medicaid services by limiting a client to one primary care provider and one pharmacy.

     Sen. Allen M. Christensen

     Mr. Douglas Springmeyer, Molina Healthcare of Utah

     Public comment

     Committee discussion/action



9:25       6.     Update on State and Federal Health Reform

The committee will be briefed on recent state and federal health reform developments.

     Committee staff

     Committee discussion/action


9:30       7.     Federal Government Shutdown

The committee will discuss how the federal government’s partial shutdown is impacting Utahns, how it may affect state and local government (including services provided by the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Department of Human Services), and what the federal government can do in response.

     Rep. Paul Ray

     Sen. Evan J. Vickers

     Utah’s congressional delegation or their representatives

     Committee discussion/action



10:00     8.     Adjourn