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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance chapter of the
11 Utah Health Code to include loan repayment assistance to geriatric professionals who
12 practice in an underserved area.
13 Highlighted Provisions:
14 This bill:
15 . defines the term, "geriatric professional";
16 . provides that the professional education scholarships and loan repayment assistance
17 provided by the Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program are to be
18 provided within the funds appropriated by the Legislature for that purpose;
19 . provides for loan repayment assistance, within funds appropriated by the
20 Legislature for this purpose, to geriatric professionals who practice in an
21 underserved area;
22 . adds two members to the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance
23 Program Advisory Committee; and
24 . makes technical changes.
25 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
27 Other Special Clauses:
29 Utah Code Sections Affected:
31 26-46-101, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 307
32 26-46-102, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
33 26-46-103, as enacted by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 307
35 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
36 Section 1. Section 26-46-101 is amended to read:
37 26-46-101. Definitions.
38 (1) "Geriatric professional" means a person who:
39 (a) is a licensed:
40 (i) health care professional;
41 (ii) social worker;
42 (iii) occupational therapist;
43 (iv) pharmacist;
44 (v) physical therapist; or
45 (vi) psychologist; and
46 (b) is determined by the department to have adequate advanced training in geriatrics to
47 prepare the person to provide specialized geriatric care within the scope of the person's
50 (a) a licensed:
51 (i) physician[
52 (ii) physician assistant[
53 (iii) nurse[
54 (iv) dentist[
55 (v) mental health therapist[
56 (b) another licensed health care professional designated by the department by rule.
58 underserved by health care professionals, based upon the results of a needs assessment
59 developed by the department in consultation with the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial
60 Assistance Program Advisory Committee created under Section 26-46-103 .
61 Section 2. Section 26-46-102 is amended to read:
62 26-46-102. Creation of program -- Duties of department.
63 (1) There is created within the department the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial
64 Assistance Program to provide, within funding appropriated by the Legislature for this
66 (a) professional education scholarships and loan repayment assistance to health care
67 professionals who locate or continue to practice in underserved areas[
68 (b) loan repayment assistance to geriatric professionals who locate or continue to
69 practice in underserved areas.
70 (2) In accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
71 the department shall make rules governing the administration of the program, including rules
72 that address:
73 (a) application procedures;
74 (b) eligibility criteria;
75 (c) selection criteria;
76 (d) service conditions, which at a minimum shall include professional service in an
77 underserved area for a minimum period of time by any person receiving a scholarship or loan
78 repayment assistance;
79 (e) penalties for failure to comply with service conditions or other terms of a
80 scholarship or loan repayment contract;
81 (f) criteria for modifying or waiving service conditions or penalties in case of extreme
82 hardship or other good cause; and
83 (g) administration of contracts entered into before the effective date of this act,
84 between the department and scholarship or loan repayment recipients [
88 (3) The department shall seek and consider the recommendations of the Utah Health
89 Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program Advisory Committee created under Section
90 26-46-103 as it develops and modifies rules to administer the program.
91 (4) Funding for the program:
92 (a) shall be a line item within the appropriations act[
93 (b) shall be nonlapsing unless designated otherwise[
94 (c) may be used to cover administrative costs of the program, including
95 reimbursement expenses of the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program
96 Advisory Committee created under Section 26-46-103 .
97 (5) Loan repayments and payments resulting from breach of contract are dedicated
98 credits to the program.
99 (6) The department shall prepare an annual report on the revenues, expenditures, and
100 outcomes of the program.
101 Section 3. Section 26-46-103 is amended to read:
102 26-46-103. Advisory committee -- Membership -- Compensation -- Duties.
103 (1) There is created the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program
104 Advisory Committee consisting of the following [
105 director, [
106 (a) one rural representative of Utah Hospitals and Health Systems, nominated by the
108 (b) [
109 nominated by the association;
110 (c) one representative of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, nominated by the
112 (d) one representative of the Association for Utah Community Health, nominated by
113 the association;
114 (e) one representative of the Utah Dental Association, nominated by the association;
115 (f) one representative of mental health therapists, selected from nominees submitted by
116 mental health therapist professional associations;
117 (g) one representative of the Association of Local Health Officers, nominated by the
119 (h) one representative of the low-income advocacy community, nominated by the Utah
120 Human Services Coalition;
121 (i) one nursing program faculty member, nominated by the Statewide Deans and
122 Directors Committee;
123 (j) one administrator of a long-term care facility, nominated by the Utah Health Care
124 Association; [
125 (k) one nursing administrator, nominated by the Utah Nurses Association[
126 (l) one geriatric professional who is:
127 (i) determined by the department to have adequate advanced training in geriatrics to
128 prepare the person to provide specialized geriatric care within the scope of the person's
129 profession; and
130 (ii) nominated by a professional association for the profession of which the person is a
132 (2) An appointment to the committee shall be for a four-year term unless the member
133 is appointed to complete an unexpired term. The executive director may also adjust the length
134 of term at the time of appointment or reappointment so that approximately 1/2 the committee
135 is appointed every two years. The executive director shall annually appoint a committee chair
136 from among the members of the committee.
137 (3) The committee shall meet at the call of the chair, at least three members of the
138 committee, or the executive director, but no less frequently than once each calendar year.
139 (4) A majority of the members of the committee constitutes a quorum. The action of a
140 majority of a quorum constitutes the action of the committee.
141 (5) Members of the committee may not receive compensation for their work associated
142 with the committee, but may receive from the department reimbursement for travel expenses
143 incurred as a member of the committee, as funds are available, at the rates established by the
144 Division of Finance under Section 63A-3-107 . Members of the committee may decline
146 (6) The committee shall:
147 (a) make recommendations to the department for the development and modification of
148 rules to administer the Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program; and
149 (b) advise the department on the development of a needs assessment tool for
150 identifying underserved areas.
151 (7) As funding permits, the department shall provide staff and other administrative
152 support to the committee.
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