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H.J.R. 5 Enrolled

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JOINT RESOLUTION URGING SUPPORT OF

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MEDICAID LONG-TERM CARE FUNDING OF

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HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SUPPORTS

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2008 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Michael E. Noel

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Senate Sponsor: Gene Davis

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             9      LONG TITLE
             10      General Description:
             11          This joint resolution of the Legislature urges Utah's congressional delegation to support
             12      Medicaid long-term care funding for home and community-based supports, state
             13      flexibility to manage long-term care costs, and cost efficiency and individual choice.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This resolution:
             16          .    urges Utah's congressional delegation to support the continued shift of Medicaid
             17      long-term care funding toward home and community-based supports;
             18          .    urges the delegation to support providing states with the flexibility and tools needed
             19      to manage Medicaid long-term care costs in a fiscally responsible manner;
             20          .    urges the delegation to support providing Medicaid long-term care and supports in
             21      the most appropriate and cost-effective manner while maintaining individual choice;
             22      and
             23          .    urges the delegation to ensure the active participation of people with disabilities and
             24      older Americans in the ongoing design, implementation, and review of Medicaid's
             25      long-term care system.
             26      Special Clauses:
             27          None
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             29      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:


             30          WHEREAS, Utah's population is aging and Utahns with disabilities are living longer,
             31      healthier lives;
             32          WHEREAS, thousands of Utahns with disabilities and older Utahns currently need or
             33      will need long-term care and support to live productive lives in their communities;
             34          WHEREAS, facility-based care is a mandatory benefit and community-based supports
             35      are an optional benefit of Medicaid;
             36          WHEREAS, long-term care accounts for over 25% of all of Utah Medicaid spending;
             37          WHEREAS, nearly 60% of long-term care expenditures in Utah Medicaid are for
             38      facility-based care;
             39          WHEREAS, facility-based care can be up to five times more expensive than
             40      community-based support;
             41          WHEREAS, Utah Medicaid costs are growing at a rate of approximately 10% per year;
             42          WHEREAS, the Utah Legislature's Medicaid Interim Committee is seeking
             43      recommendations for containing costs and increasing accountability; and
             44          WHEREAS, Medicaid long-term care reform must be a cooperative effort among the
             45      federal and state government, the private sector, and the disability and elderly communities:
             46          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah
             47      urges Utah's congressional delegation to support the continued shift of Medicaid long-term care
             48      funding toward home and community-based supports.
             49          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges Utah's congressional
             50      delegation to support providing states with the flexibility and tools needed to manage Medicaid
             51      long-term care costs in a fiscally responsible manner.
             52          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges Utah's congressional
             53      delegation to support providing Medicaid long-term care and supports in the most appropriate
             54      and cost-effective manner while maintaining individual choice.
             55          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges Utah's congressional
             56      delegation to ensure the active participation of people with disabilities and older Americans in
             57      the ongoing design, implementation, and review of Medicaid's long-term care system.


             58          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the members of
             59      Utah's congressional delegation, the members of the Utah Legislature's Medicaid Interim
             60      Committee, and the Disability Law Center.


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