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H.B. 131 Enrolled
8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends the Access to Health Care part of the Medical Assistance Act in the
11 Health Code.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . authorizes the Department of Health to contract with private entities for community
15 based services for low income individuals and individuals who are underserved in
16 health care to assist them with prudent and appropriate use of health care resources;
17 . establishes the purposes of the contracts;
18 . amends definitions;
19 . directs the department to maximize federal matching dollars for the purpose of
20 funding additional contracts for services;
21 . establishes the criteria for awarding the contract; and
22 . establishes a pilot program for the contract for services.
23 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
24 This bill appropriates:
25 . $175,000 from the General Fund for fiscal year 2008-09 only, to fund the pilot
26 program for community based services.
27 Other Special Clauses:
29 Utah Code Sections Affected:
31 26-18-301, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1993, Chapter 255
32 26-18-302, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1993, Chapter 255
33 26-18-304, as enacted by Laws of Utah 1993, Chapter 255
35 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
36 Section 1. Section 26-18-301 is amended to read:
37 26-18-301. Definitions.
38 As used in this part:
39 (1) "Community based organization":
40 (a) means a private entity; and
41 (b) includes for profit and not for profit entities.
42 (2) "Cultural competence" means a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies
43 that come together in a system, agency, or profession and enables that system, agency, or
44 profession to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.
45 (3) "Health literacy" means the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain,
46 process, and understand health information and services needed to make appropriate health
48 (4) "Institutional capacity" means the ability of a community based organization to
49 implement public and private contracts.
51 area or a population group designated by the department as having a shortage of primary health
52 care services.
54 (a) basic and general health care services given when a person seeks assistance to
55 screen for or to prevent illness and disease, or for simple and common illnesses and injuries; and
56 (b) care given for the management of chronic diseases.
58 (a) services of physicians, [
59 practice in this state under Title 58, Occupations and Professions;
60 (b) diagnostic and radiologic services;
61 (c) preventive health services including, but not limited to, perinatal services, well-child
62 services, and other services that seek to prevent disease or its consequences;
63 (d) emergency medical services;
64 (e) preventive dental services; and
65 (f) pharmaceutical services.
66 Section 2. Section 26-18-302 is amended to read:
67 26-18-302. Department to award grants and contracts -- Applications.
68 (1) (a) Within appropriations specified by the Legislature for this purpose, the
69 department may make grants to public and nonprofit entities for the cost of operation of
70 providing primary health care services to medically underserved populations.
71 (b) The department may, as funding permits, contract with community based
72 organizations for the purpose of developing culturally and linguistically appropriate programs
73 and services for low income and medically underserved populations through a pilot program to
74 accomplish one or more of the following:
75 (i) to educate individuals:
76 (A) to use private and public health care coverage programs, products, services, and
77 resources in a timely, effective, and responsible manner;
78 (B) to make prudent use of private and public health care resources;
79 (C) to pursue preventive health care, health screenings, and disease management;
80 (D) to locate health care programs and services;
81 (ii) to assist individuals to develop:
82 (A) personal health management;
83 (B) self-sufficiency in daily care; and
84 (C) life and disease management skills;
85 (iii) to support translation of health materials and information;
86 (iv) to facilitate an individual's access to primary care services and providers, including
87 mental health services; and
88 (v) to measure and report empirical results of the pilot project.
89 (2) (a) Grants by the department shall be awarded based on:
90 (i) applications submitted to the department in the manner and form prescribed by the
91 department; and [
92 (ii) the criteria established in Section 26-18-303 .
93 (b) The application for a grant under Subsection (2)(a) shall contain:
94 (i) a requested award amount[
95 (ii) a budget[
96 (iii) a narrative plan of the manner in which the applicant intends to provide the primary
97 health care services described in [
98 (c) A contract bid for a service under Subsection (1)(b):
99 (i) shall be awarded in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 56, Utah Procurement Code;
100 (ii) must include the information described in Section 26-18-303 ; and
101 (iii) is subject to Subsection (3) of this section.
102 (3) [
103 department that [
105 the person's inability to pay for the services.
106 (b) Subsection (3)(a) does not preclude [
107 the [
109 (i) the applicant is authorized to charge for the services; and
110 (ii) the person, third party, or government agency is under legal obligation to pay [
111 the charges.
112 (4) The department shall maximize the use of federal matching funds received for
113 services under Subsection (1)(b) to fund additional contracts under Subsection (1)(b).
114 Section 3. Section 26-18-304 is amended to read:
115 26-18-304. Process and criteria for awarding grants and contracts.
116 (1) The department shall establish rules in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah
117 Administrative Rulemaking Act, governing the application form, process, and criteria it will use
118 in awarding grants and contracts under this chapter. [
119 (2) When awarding a primary care grant under Subsection 26-18-302 (1)(a), the
120 department shall consider the extent to which the applicant:
122 application has a shortage of primary health care and that the services will be located so that
123 they will provide assistance to the greatest number of persons residing in [
124 included in [
126 health care;
128 underserved populations including persons of limited English-speaking ability, single heads of
129 households, the elderly, persons with low incomes, and persons with chronic diseases;
131 medically underserved persons within its catchment area for a predetermined level of care on a
132 prepaid capitation basis; and
134 (3) When awarding a contract for community based services under Subsection
135 26-18-302 (1)(b), the department shall:
136 (a) consider the extent to which the applicant:
137 (i) demonstrates that the area or a population group to be served under the application
138 is a medically underserved area or population and that the services will be located so that they
139 will provide assistance to the greatest number of persons residing in the area or included in the
140 population group;
141 (ii) utilizes other sources of funding, including private funding, to provide the services
142 described in Subsection 26-18-302 (1)(b);
143 (iii) demonstrates the ability and expertise to serve traditionally medically underserved
144 populations including persons of limited English-speaking ability, single heads of households,
145 the elderly, persons with low incomes, and persons with chronic diseases;
146 (iv) meets other criteria determined by the department; and
147 (v) demonstrates the ability to empirically measure and report the results of all contract
148 supported activities;
149 (b) consider the extent to which the contract increases the applicant's institutional
151 (c) consult with the state's:
152 (i) Medicaid program;
153 (ii) Children's Health Insurance Program; and
154 (iii) other assistance programs within the Department of Workforce Services and the
155 Department of Human Services; and
156 (d) as funding permits, implement the community based service contract as a pilot
157 program for which the department shall enter into contracts for services as follows:
158 (i) two contracts in the amount of $50,000 each to be awarded to experienced and
159 established applicants; and
160 (ii) three contracts in the amount of $30,000 each to be awarded to applicants that:
161 (A) are not as established or experienced as the applicants under Subsection (3)(d)(i);
163 (B) represent smaller community based approaches than the applicants described in
164 Subsection (3)(d)(i).
165 (4) Once a contract has been awarded under Subsection (3), the department shall
166 provide technical assistance to the contractee to familiarize the contractee with public and
167 private resources available to support wellness, health promotion, and disease management.
168 Section 4. Appropriation.
169 There is appropriated from the General Fund for fiscal year 2008-09 only, $175,000 to
170 the Department of Health to fund the contracts for services authorized by Title 26, Chapter 18,
171 Part 3, Access to Health Care.
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