Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee


The committee chairs have scheduled the following meeting:


                                    DATE:       Tuesday, February 4, 2020

                                    TIME:       7:59 a.m.

                                    PLACE:    Room 30, House Building


Sen. Allen M. Christensen, Chair

Rep. Paul Ray, Chair

Rep. Raymond P. Ward, House Vice Chair


                  Sen. J. Stuart Adams, President                         Rep. Steve R. Christiansen

                  Sen. Kirk A. Cullimore                                     Rep. Kim F. Coleman

                  Sen. Luz Escamilla                                           Rep. Jennifer Dailey-Provost

                  Sen. Keith Grover                                             Rep. Brad M. Daw

                  Sen. Daniel Hemmert                                        Rep. Sandra Hollins

                  Sen. Todd Weiler                                              Rep. Marsha Judkins

                                                                                          Rep. Adam Robertson

                                                                                          Rep. Norman K. Thurston


Staff:          Russell T. Frandsen, Finance Officer                 Clare Tobin Lence, Finance Manager

                  Kimberly D. Madsen, Financial Analyst



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Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee

Tuesday, February 4, 2020


1.      7:59 a.m.   Call to Order

2.      8:00 a.m.   Approval of Minutes

3.      8:00 a.m.   Unfinished Items from the Previous Agenda

4.      8:00 a.m.   Public Input on Topics on Today's Agenda

Must contact Debbie Benson before 1 p.m. Monday, February 3rd at 801-326-1698 to be considered.  Please identify which agenda item you want to comment on and the name of the organization you will be representing (if applicable). All public testimony is subject to the discretion of the chairs.

5.      8:10 a.m.   A Performance Audit of PEHP’s Pharmacy Benefit Manager (as it relates to Medicaid)

a.       How Are Medicaid's Accountable Care Organizations' Policies Regarding Pharmacy Drug Reimbursement?

6.      8:35 a.m.   Follow up on An In-Depth Budget Review of the Utah Department of Health

7.      8:50 a.m.   Availability to Test Medicaid Individuals Under Certain Circumstances

8.      9:00 a.m.   Accountable Care Organization Rates

9.      9:10 a.m.   Medically Complex Children's Waiver

10.  9:20 a.m.   Update on Opioids Prescribed

11.  9:25 a.m.   Federal Government's Proposed Medicaid Financing Reforms

12.  9:55 a.m.   Report on Recommendations for Medicaid Compensation for Caregivers

13.  10:00 a.m. Review of Department of Health's Medicaid Services Budget

a.       Budget Reduction Options (gray sheet) - #14, 21 & 22

b.      Performance Measure Trends That May be of Interest

c.       Caseload Trends That May be of Interest

d.      Report on Compliance and Savings Psychotropic Drug Preferred Drug List

e.       Federal Funds and Intergovernmental Transfers - Department of Health Issue Brief

f.        Motions for Subcommittee Consideration (blue sheet) - Medicaid Services and Associated Funds, All BJ Motions

14.  10:30 a.m. Other Business

15.  10:50 a.m. Written Reports

a.       Report From H.B. 400, Pilot Program to Study Coverage Parity for Amino Acid-based Formula (2017 General Session)

b.      Issues From the 2020 Compendium of Budget Information

c.       Medicaid Sanctions Legislative Report 2019


Note: The chairs have asked that requestors of funding provide a detailed and itemized budget indicating how they would spend the money, within the specified timeframe, and how they would measure success.  Requestors without this information will be asked to return once they provide it. All appropriations must be made to state agencies. State agencies must follow state procurement laws which require competitive bids, requests for proposal, or sole source determination.