Health and Human Services Interim Committee
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • 2:00 p.m. • Room 20 House Building
2:00 1. Committee Business
• Call to order
• Approval of the minutes of the May 21, 2014, meeting
2:05 2. Regulation of Electronic Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
At its May 21, 2014, meeting, the committee directed its staff to draft comments on its behalf in response to recently proposed federal regulations that would “deem” certain products to be within the scope of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s regulatory authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (2009). “Products that would be 'deemed' to be subject to FDA regulation are those that meet the statutory definition of a tobacco product, including currently unregulated marketed products, such as electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, waterpipe (or hookah) tobacco, and dissolvables not already under the FDA’s authority. The FDA currently regulates cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, roll-your-own tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.” The committee will review and determine whether to approve the draft comments.
• Rep. Paul Ray
2:20 3. Prescription Drug Abuse – Controlled Substance Database
The committee will be briefed on the state’s study and potential implementation of real-time reporting to and access of the state’s controlled substance database.
• Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
• Utah Food Industry Association and Utah Retail Merchants Association
• Utah Pharmacy Association
2:50 4. Drug and Alcohol Abuse – Recovery Residences
The committee will be briefed on the study to be conducted this interim by the Utah Substance Abuse Advisory Council’s Recovery Residences and Substance Abuse Treatment Committee. The results of the study will be reported to the interim committee later this year.
• Rep. Michael S. Kennedy
• Utah Substance Abuse Advisory Council
3:00 5. Disclosure of Net Pharmaceutical Costs in Medicaid
The committee will consider whether health care providers who prescribe pharmaceuticals to Medicaid enrollees should be informed of the actual or comparative net cost to the state of pharmaceuticals they prescribe and whether any reductions in Medicaid pharmaceutical spending attributable to use of this information should be earmarked for the Medicaid program.
• Rep. Edward H. Redd
• Utah Department of Health
3:40 6. Children’s Hearing Aid Pilot Program — Sunset Review
Utah Code Section 26-10-11, Children’s Hearing Aid Pilot Program, is scheduled for repeal July 1, 2015. The committee will review the statute’s purpose and implementation and determine whether the statute should be reauthorized for up to 10 years, with or without amendment, or should be allowed to expire.
• Committee staff
• Rep. Rebecca P. Edwards
• Utah Department of Health
4:00 7. Adjourn