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S.B. 20 Enrolled






Chief Sponsor: Dennis E. Stowell

House Sponsor: Stephen D. Clark

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies provisions relating to funding for emergency health expenses.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires the Department of Health to establish a local health emergency assistance
             14      program;
             15          .    establishes requirements for the program; and
             16          .    requires the Department of Health to submit an annual written report on program
             17      activity to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee, with a copy of the
             18      report to the designated appropriations subcommittee.
             19      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      ENACTS:
             25          26-1-38, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 26-1-38 is enacted to read:
             29          26-1-38. Local health emergency assistance program.

             30          (1) As used in this section:
             31          (a) "Local health department" has the same meaning as defined in Section 26A-1-102 .
             32          (b) "Local health emergency" means an unusual event or series of events causing or
             33      resulting in a substantial risk or substantial potential risk to the health of a significant portion
             34      of the population within the boundary of a local health department.
             35          (c) "Program" means the local health emergency assistance program that the
             36      department is required to establish under this section.
             37          (d) "Program fund" means money that the Legislature appropriates to the department
             38      for use in the program and other money otherwise made available for use in the program.
             39          (2) The department shall establish, to the extent of funds appropriated by the
             40      Legislature or otherwise made available to the program fund, a local health emergency
             41      assistance program.
             42          (3) Under the program, the department shall:
             43          (a) provide a method for a local health department to seek reimbursement from the
             44      program fund for local health department expenses incurred in responding to a local health
             45      emergency;
             46          (b) require matching funds from any local health department seeking reimbursement
             47      from the program fund;
             48          (c) establish a method for apportioning money in the program fund to multiple local
             49      health departments when the total amount of concurrent requests for reimbursement by
             50      multiple local health departments exceeds the balance in the program fund; and
             51          (d) establish by rule other provisions that the department considers necessary or
             52      advisable to implement the program.
             53          (4) Each September the department shall:
             54          (a) submit to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee of the Legislature a
             55      written report summarizing program activity, including:
             56          (i) a description of the requests for reimbursement from local health departments
             57      during the preceding 12 months;

             58          (ii) the amount of each reimbursement made from the program fund to local health
             59      departments; and
             60          (iii) the current balance of the program fund; and
             61          (b) submit a copy of the report required under Subsection (4)(a) to the appropriations
             62      subcommittee designated by the Executive Appropriations Committee of the Legislature.
             63          (5) (a) (i) Subject to Subsection (5)(a)(ii), the department shall use money in the
             64      program fund exclusively for purposes of the program.
             65          (ii) The department may use money in the program fund to cover its costs of
             66      administering the program.
             67          (b) Money that the Legislature appropriates to the program fund is nonlapsing.
             68          (c) Any interest earned on money in the program fund shall be deposited to the
             69      General Fund.

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