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8 LONG TITLE
9 Committee Note:
10 The Political Subdivisions Interim Committee recommended this bill.
11 General Description:
12 This bill modifies provisions relating to funding relating to health expenses.
13 Highlighted Provisions:
14 This bill:
15 . requires the Department of Health to establish a local health emergency assistance
17 . establishes requirements for the program; and
18 . requires the Department of Health to submit an annual written report on program
19 activity to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee, with a copy of the
20 report to the designated appropriations subcommittee.
21 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
23 Other Special Clauses:
25 Utah Code Sections Affected:
27 26-1-38, Utah Code Annotated 1953
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 26-1-38 is enacted to read:
31 26-1-38. Local health emergency assistance program.
32 (1) As used in this section:
33 (a) "Local health department" has the same meaning as defined in Section 26A-1-102 .
34 (b) "Local health emergency" means an unusual event or series of events causing or
35 resulting in a substantial risk or substantial potential risk to the health of a significant portion
36 of the population within the boundary of a local health department.
37 (c) "Program" means the local health emergency assistance program that the
38 department is required to establish under this section.
39 (d) "Program fund" means money that the Legislature appropriates to the department
40 for use in the program.
41 (2) The department shall establish, to the extent of funds appropriated by the
42 Legislature or otherwise made available to the program fund, a local health emergency
43 assistance program.
44 (3) Under the program, the department shall:
45 (a) provide a method for a local health department to seek reimbursement from the
46 program fund for local health department expenses incurred in responding to a local health
48 (b) require matching funds from any local health department seeking reimbursement
49 from the program fund;
50 (c) establish a method for apportioning money in the program fund to multiple local
51 health departments when the total amount of concurrent requests for reimbursement by
52 multiple local health departments exceeds the balance in the program fund; and
53 (d) establish by rule other provisions that the department considers necessary or
54 advisable to implement the program.
55 (4) Each September the department shall:
56 (a) submit to the Health and Human Services Interim Committee of the Legislature a
57 written report summarizing program activity, including:
58 (i) a description of the requests for reimbursement from local health departments
59 during the preceding 12 months;
60 (ii) the amount of each reimbursement made from the program fund to local health
61 departments; and
62 (iii) the current balance of the program fund; and
63 (b) submit a copy of the report required under Subsection (4)(a) to the appropriations
64 subcommittee designated by the Executive Appropriations Committee of the Legislature.
65 (5) (a) The department shall use money in the program fund exclusively for purposes
66 of 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 General
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