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H.B. 208 Enrolled
This act modifies provisions related to the Health Policy Commission which was repealed last
year. The act deletes references to the Health Policy Commission in the Health Code and the
Insurance Code and makes technical changes.
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
26-1-30, as last amended by Chapter 229, Laws of Utah 2000
26-1-30.5, as enacted by Chapter 321, Laws of Utah 1995
26-18-401, as last amended by Chapter 13, Laws of Utah 1998
26-33a-106.5, as enacted by Chapter 201, Laws of Utah 1996
26-40-103, as last amended by Chapter 351, Laws of Utah 2000
26-40-104, as enacted by Chapter 360, Laws of Utah 1998
26-40-109, as enacted by Chapter 360, Laws of Utah 1998
26-40-110, as enacted by Chapter 360, Laws of Utah 1998
31A-30-110, as last amended by Chapters 10 and 265, Laws of Utah 1997
31A-32a-106, as enacted by Chapter 131, Laws of Utah 1999
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 26-1-30 is amended to read:
26-1-30. Powers and duties of department.
(1) The department shall:
(a) enter into cooperative agreements with the Department of Environmental Quality to
delineate specific responsibilities to assure that assessment and management of risk to human
health from the environment are properly administered; and
(b) consult with the Department of Environmental Quality and enter into cooperative
agreements, as needed, to ensure efficient use of resources and effective response to potential
health and safety threats from the environment, and to prevent gaps in protection from potential risks
from the environment to specific individuals or population groups.
(2) In addition to all other powers and duties of the department, it shall have and exercise
the following powers and duties:
(a) promote and protect the health and wellness of the people within the state;
(b) establish, maintain, and enforce rules necessary or desirable to carry out the provisions
and purposes of this title to promote and protect the public health or to prevent disease and illness;
(c) investigate and control the causes of epidemic, infectious, communicable, and other
diseases affecting the public health;
(d) provide for the detection, reporting, prevention, and control of communicable, infectious,
acute, chronic, or any other disease or health hazard that the department considers to be dangerous,
important, or likely to affect the public health;
(e) collect and report information on causes of injury, sickness, death, and disability and the
risk factors that contribute to the causes of injury, sickness, death, and disability within the state;
(f) collect, prepare, publish, and disseminate information to inform the public concerning
the health and wellness of the population, specific hazards, and risks that may affect the health and
wellness of the population and specific activities which may promote and protect the health and
wellness of the population;
(g) establish and operate programs necessary or desirable for the promotion or protection of
the public health and the control of disease or which may be necessary to ameliorate the major causes
of injury, sickness, death, and disability in the state, except that the programs shall not be established
if adequate programs exist in the private sector;
(h) establish, maintain, and enforce isolation and quarantine, and for this purpose only,
exercise physical control over property and individuals as the department finds necessary for the
protection of the public health;
(i) close theaters, schools, and other public places and forbid gatherings of people when
necessary to protect the public health;
(j) abate nuisances when necessary to eliminate sources of filth and infectious and
communicable diseases affecting the public health;
(k) make necessary sanitary and health investigations and inspections in cooperation with
local health departments as to any matters affecting the public health;
(l) establish laboratory services necessary to support public health programs and medical
services in the state;
(m) establish and enforce standards for laboratory services which are provided by any
laboratory in the state when the purpose of the services is to protect the public health;
(n) cooperate with the Labor Commission to conduct studies of occupational health hazards
and occupational diseases arising in and out of employment in industry, and make recommendations
for elimination or reduction of the hazards;
(o) cooperate with the local health departments, the Department of Corrections, the
Administrative Office of the Courts, the Division of Youth Corrections, and the Crime Victims
Reparations Board to conduct testing for HIV infection of convicted sexual offenders and any
victims of a sexual offense;
(p) investigate the cause of maternal and infant mortality;
(q) establish, maintain, and enforce a procedure requiring the blood of adult pedestrians and
drivers of motor vehicles killed in highway accidents be examined for the presence and concentration
(r) provide the commissioner of public safety with monthly statistics reflecting the results
of the examinations provided for in Subsection (2)(q) and provide safeguards so that information
derived from the examinations is not used for a purpose other than the compilation of statistics
authorized in this Subsection (2)(r);
(s) establish qualifications for individuals permitted to draw blood pursuant to Section
41-6-44.10 , and to issue permits to individuals it finds qualified, which permits may be terminated
or revoked by the department;
(t) establish a uniform public health program throughout the state which includes continuous
service, employment of qualified employees, and a basic program of disease control, vital and health
statistics, sanitation, public health nursing, and other preventive health programs necessary or
desirable for the protection of public health;
(u) adopt rules and enforce minimum sanitary standards for the operation and maintenance
(ii) boarding homes;
(iii) summer camps for children;
(iv) lodging houses;
(vi) restaurants and all other places where food is handled for commercial purposes, sold,
or served to the public;
(vii) tourist and trailer camps;
(viii) service stations;
(ix) public conveyances and stations;
(x) public and private schools;
(xii) private sanatoria;
(xiii) barber shops;
(xiv) beauty shops;
(xv) physicians' offices;
(xvi) dentists' offices;
(xviii) industrial, labor, or construction camps;
(xix) recreational resorts and camps;
(xx) swimming pools, public baths, and bathing beaches;
(xxi) state, county, or municipal institutions, including hospitals and other buildings, centers,
and places used for public gatherings; and
(xxii) of any other facilities in public buildings and on public grounds;
(v) conduct health planning for the state;
(w) monitor the costs of health care in the state and foster price competition in the health
care delivery system;
(x) adopt rules for the licensure of health facilities within the state pursuant to Title 26,
Chapter 21, Health Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Act;
(y) serve as the collecting agent, on behalf of the state, for the nursing facility assessment
fee imposed under Title 26, Chapter 35, Nursing Facility Assessment Act, and the provider
assessment imposed under Chapter 40, Utah Children's Health Insurance Act, and adopt rules for the
enforcement and administration of the assessments consistent with Chapters 35 and 40; and
Section 2. Section 26-1-30.5 is amended to read:
26-1-30.5. Duty to establish pilot program for monitoring quality in health care.
(1) The department shall develop a two year demonstration project to promote and monitor
quality health care. Implementation and execution of the demonstration project is contingent upon
appropriations from the Legislature.
(2) The demonstration project shall include at least the following:
(a) a collaborative, public-private effort to promote clinical quality and cost effectiveness
in health care through community wide continuous quality improvement methods; and
(b) a process for evaluating the effectiveness of health care continuous quality improvement
efforts in the state.
Section 3. Section 26-18-401 is amended to read:
26-18-401. Medicaid waiver.
(1) (a) Before July 1, 1995, the division shall submit to the Secretary of the United States
Department of Health and Human Services an application for a Medicaid Waiver under 42 U.S.C.
Section 1315. The purpose of the waiver is to expand the coverage of the Medicaid program, and
to the extent permissible under the waiver, private health insurance plans to low income, otherwise
uninsured persons who are in eligibility categories not traditionally served by the Medicaid program.
(b) Prior to submitting the application under Subsection (1)(a), the department shall submit
to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee a summary of the application and proposal
for implementing the waiver.
(c) Prior to adopting any rules or policies to implement the waiver, the department shall
submit to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee the proposed rules and policies.
(2) Implementation and execution of this waiver by the department will be within
appropriations from the Legislature.
limitations, cost sharing, participating in private insurance plans, benefit plan, and voluntary
employee enrollment by employers who volunteer to participate.
results of the waiver implementation.
Section 4. Section 26-33a-106.5 is amended to read:
26-33a-106.5. Comparative analyses.
(1) The committee may publish compilations or reports that compare and identify health care
providers or data suppliers from the data it collects under this chapter or from any other source.
standard comparative reports of the committee that identify, compare, or rank the performance of
data suppliers by name. The evaluation shall include a validation of statistical methodologies,
limitations, appropriateness of use, and comparisons using standard health services research practice.
The analyst must be experienced in analyzing large databases from multiple data suppliers and in
evaluating health care issues of cost, quality, and access. The results of the analyst's evaluation must
be released to the public before the standard comparative analysis upon which it is based may be
published by the committee.
from multiple types of data suppliers.
Section 5. Section 26-40-103 is amended to read:
26-40-103. Creation and administration of the Utah Children's Health Insurance
(1) There is created the Utah Children's Health Insurance Program to be administered by the
department in accordance with the provisions of:
(a) this chapter; and
(b) the State Children's Health Insurance Program, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1397aa et seq.
(2) The department shall:
(a) prepare and submit the state's children's health insurance plan before May 1, 1998, and
any amendments to the federal Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with 42
U.S.C. Sec. 1397ff; and
(b) make rules in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking
(i) eligibility requirements consistent with Subsection 26-18-3 (6);
(ii) program benefits;
(iii) the level of coverage for each program benefit;
(iv) cost-sharing requirements for enrollees, which may not:
(A) exceed the guidelines set forth in 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1397ee; or
(B) impose deductible, copayment, or coinsurance requirements on an enrollee for
well-child, well-baby, and immunizations; and
(v) the administration of the program.
(3) Before July 1, 2001, the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget shall study the
effectiveness of the department's administration of the program and report any findings to:
(a) the Health and Human Services Interim Committee of the Legislature; and
Section 6. Section 26-40-104 is amended to read:
26-40-104. Utah Children's Health Insurance Program Advisory Council.
(1) There is created a Utah Children's Health Insurance Program Advisory Council
consisting of at least eight and no more than eleven members appointed by the executive director of
the department. The term of each appointment shall be three years. The appointments shall be
staggered at one-year intervals to ensure continuity of the advisory council.
(2) The advisory council shall meet at least quarterly.
(3) The membership of the advisory council shall include at least one representative from
each of the following groups:
(a) child health care providers;
(b) parents and guardians of children enrolled in the program;
(c) ethnic populations other than American Indians;
(d) American Indians;
(4) The advisory council shall advise the department on:
(a) benefits design;
(b) eligibility criteria;
(d) evaluation; and
(e) special strategies for under-served populations.
(5) (a) (i) Members who are not government employees may not receive compensation or
benefits for their services, but may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the
member's official duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance under Sections 63A-3-106
and 63A-3-107 .
(ii) Members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their service.
(b) (i) State government officer and employee members who do not receive salary, per diem,
or expenses from their agency for their service may receive per diem and expenses incurred in the
performance of their official duties from the council at the rates established by the Division of
Finance under Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107 .
(ii) State government officer and employee members may decline to receive per diem and
expenses for their service.
Section 7. Section 26-40-109 is amended to read:
(1) The department shall develop performance measures and annually evaluate the program's
(2) The department shall report annually on its evaluation to the Health and Human Services
Interim Committee of the Legislature [
Section 8. Section 26-40-110 is amended to read:
26-40-110. Managed care -- Contracting for services.
(1) Services provided to enrollees under the program shall be delivered in a managed care
system if services are available within 30 paved road miles of where the enrollee lives or resides.
Otherwise, the program may provide services to enrollees through fee for service plans.
(2) Before awarding a contract to a managed care system or fee for service plan to provide
services under Subsection (1) or determining that no bid or proposal received in response to such a
request is acceptable, the executive director shall report that information to and seek
recommendations from the Health [
(3) If after seeking the recommendation of the Health [
Council under Subsection (2), the executive director determines that no bid or proposal received in
response to such a request is acceptable or if no bid or proposal has been received in response to such
a request, the department may contract with the Group Insurance Division within the Utah State
Retirement Office to provide services under Subsection (1).
(4) Title 63, Chapter 56, Utah Procurement Code, shall apply to this section.
Section 9. Section 31A-30-110 is amended to read:
31A-30-110. Individual enrollment cap.
(1) The commissioner shall set the individual enrollment cap at .5% on July 1, 1997.
(2) The commissioner shall raise the individual enrollment cap by .5% at the later of the
(a) six months from the last increase in the individual enrollment cap; or
(b) the date when CCI/TI is greater than .90, where:
(i) "CCI" is the total individual coverage count for all carriers certifying that their
uninsurable percentage has reached the individual enrollment cap; and
(ii) "TI" is the total individual coverage count for all carriers.
(3) The commissioner may establish a minimum number of uninsurable individuals that a
carrier entering the market who is subject to this chapter must accept under the individual enrollment
provisions of this chapter.
(4) Beginning July 1, 1997, an individual carrier may decline to accept individuals applying
for individual enrollment under Subsection 31A-30-108 (3), other than individuals applying for
coverage as set forth in P.L. 104-191, 110 Stat. 1979, Sec. 2741 (a)-(b), if:
(a) the uninsurable percentage for that carrier equals or exceeds the cap established in
Subsection (1); and
(b) the covered carrier has certified on forms provided by the commissioner that its
uninsurable percentage equals or exceeds the individual enrollment cap.
(5) The department may audit a carrier's records to verify whether the carrier's uninsurable
classification meets industry standards for underwriting criteria as established by the commissioner
in accordance with Subsection 31A-30-106 (1)(k).
adverse effect on premiums, enrollment, or experience, the commissioner may suspend, limit, or
delay further individual enrollment for up to 12 months.
calculating and reporting loss ratios for individual policies for determining whether the individual
enrollment provisions of Section 31A-30-108 should be waived for an individual carrier
experiencing significant and adverse financial impact as a result of complying with those provisions.
Section 10. Section 31A-32a-106 is amended to read:
31A-32a-106. Regulation of account administrators -- Administration of tax
(1) The department shall regulate account administrators and may adopt rules necessary to
administer this chapter.
deductions established by this chapter and Section 59-10-114 .
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