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H.J.R. 19







Sponsor: Lorie D. Fowlke

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This joint resolution of the Legislature urges that public comment, research, and
             11      recommendations be provided and considered for the adoption of an authentic charity
             12      care system in the state of Utah.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This resolution:
             15          .    urges academicians, the insurance industry, think tanks, and others to study the
             16      feasibility of implementing an authentic charity care system in Utah;
             17          .    urges that a list of factors be considered by these groups as part of the study; and
             18          .    urges that a report of this group's findings be made to the Legislature by November
             19      30, 2005.
             20      Special Clauses:
             21          None
             23      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          WHEREAS, Utah is known for its compassionate people who are generous and kind in
             25      helping their neighbors in need;
             26          WHEREAS, Utahns have demonstrated an unsurpassed dedication to voluntary service;
             27          WHEREAS, according to the Utah Department of Health, approximately 215,000 or

             28      9% of Utahns lacked health insurance in 2003;
             29          WHEREAS, over 200,000 Utahns receive their health insurance from the Utah
             30      Department of Health at a budgeted cost of more than $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2005;
             31          WHEREAS, Utah faces severe fiscal challenges in providing for rapidly expanding and
             32      very expensive education, health care, and transportation needs; and
             33          WHEREAS, the Sutherland Institute has released a report recommending that Utah can
             34      meet the basic health care needs for all of its indigent and needy uninsured residents while
             35      saving the state hundreds of millions of dollars, building true community, and without
             36      eligibility restrictions:
             37          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             38      urges think tanks, academicians, the insurance industry, and all others with an interest in
             39      providing universal health care for the poor to study the feasibility of implementing an
             40      authentic charity care system in Utah and report their findings to the Legislature by November
             41      30, 2005.
             42          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature specifically requests thoughtful
             43      consideration and direct input from these groups on:
             44          .    the projected costs of all state government-provided health care services over
             45      the next ten years;
             46          .    how a proposed authentic charity care system should be governed, administered,
             47      and sufficiently financed;
             48          .    how volunteer medical professionals should be organized, coordinated, and
             49      utilized in an authentic charity care system;
             50          .    the projected capital and operating costs of providing the necessary number of
             51      conveniently located, full-service, charity care facilities throughout the state;
             52          .    how the principle of reciprocity should be administered in the new system; and
             53          .    the projected costs of implementing an authentic charity care system over the
             54      next ten years.
             55          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Utah
             56      Department of Insurance, the Utah Department of Health, the presidents of the state's
             57      institutions of higher education, the Utah Medical Association, and the Utah Insurance
             58      Association.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-2-05 10:39 AM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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