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MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE
ROOM 30, HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX
February 13, 2009


MEMBERS PRESENT:    Rep. Paul Ray, Chair
                Rep. Ronda R. Menlove, Vice Chair
                Rep. Trisha Beck
                Rep. Brad Daw
                Rep. Phil Riesen
                Rep. Stephen E. Sandstrom                

MEMBERS EXCUSED:    Rep. Evan Vickers                    
            
STAFF PRESENT:        Mark Andrews, Policy Analyst
                Sylvia Newton, House Secretary

Note:    A list of visitors and copy of handouts are filed with committee minutes.

Rep. Ray called the meeting to order at 8:10 a.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Daw moved to approve the minutes of the February 10, 2009 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Beck absent for the vote.

H.B. 188    Health System Reform - Insurance Market (Rep. D. Clark)

MOTION:    Rep. Menlove moved to delete in title and body H.B. 188 and replace it with 1st Substitute H.B. 188. The motion passed unanimously.

MOTION:    Rep. Menlove moved to amend 1st Substitute H.B. 188 as follows:

1.    Page 21, Lines 638 through 639 :    

             638          (A) $2,000 for an individual plan;
{   and   }       

    (B) $4,000 for a two party plan; and  

             639          
{   (B)   }        (C)       $6,000 for a family plan;


2.    Page 21, Lines 641 through 642 :    

             641          (A) $4,000 for an individual plan;
{   and   }       

    (B) $8,000 for a two party plan; and  

             642          
{   (B)   }        (C)       $12,000 for a family plan;


3.    Page 21, Line 646 through Page 22, Line 647 :    

             646          (A) $5,000 for an individual plan;
{   and   }       

    (B) $10,000 for a two party plan; and  


             647
         
{   (B)   }        (C)       $15,000 for a family plan; and


4.    Page 22, Lines 649 through 650 :    

             649          (A) $10,000 for an individual plan;
{   and   }       

    (B) $20,000 for a two party plan; and  

             650          
{   (B)   }        (C)       $30,000 for a family plan;


The motion to amend the bill passed unanimously.

Speaker Clark explained the bill to the committee. He was joined by Jon Huntsman, Jr., Governor, who spoke in support of the bill and thanked the individuals who worked on it.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Robin Riggs, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
                        Michelle McOmber, Utah Medical Association
                        Elizabeth Garbe, Utah Health Policy Project
                        Rob Schurtz, Utah Ambulatory Surgery Center Association
                        Kelly Atkinson, Utah Health Insurance Association
                        Laura Polacheck, AARP Utah
                        Lew Swain, United Way Salt Lake
                        Dave Davis, Utah Food Industry Association, Utah Retail Merchants Association, and Utah Manufacturers Association
                        Mike Sonntag, Utah Health Underwriters Association

MOTION:    Rep. Daw moved to pass 1st Substitute H.B. 188 as amended with a favorable recommendation and recommend that the bill be placed on the time certain calendar for February 19, 2009 at 10:15 a.m. The motion passed unanimously.

H.B. 165    Health Reform - Administrative Simplification (Rep. M. Newbold)

MOTION:    Rep. Daw moved to delete in title and body H.B. 165 and replace it with 1st Substitute H.B. 165. The motion passed unanimously.

Rep. Newbold explained the bill to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Dave Gessel, Utah Hospitals and Health Systems Association
                        Judi Hilman, Utah Health Policy Project
                        Shelly Cordon Teuscher, Humana
                        Robin Riggs, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
                        Michelle McOmber, Utah Medical Association
                        Kelly Atkinson, Utah Health Insurance Association
                        Dave Davis, Utah Food Industry Association, Utah Retail Merchants Association, and Utah Manufacturers Association




MOTION:    Rep. Riesen moved to pass 1st Substitute H.B. 165 with a favorable recommendation and recommend that the bill be placed on the time certain calendar for February 19, 2009 at 10:15 a.m. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Sandstrom and Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.

H.B. 331    Health Reform - Health Insurance Coverage in State Contracts (Rep. J. Dunnigan)

MOTION:    Rep. Daw moved to delete in title and body H.B. 331 and replace it with 1st Substitute H.B. 331. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Sandstrom absent for the vote.

Rep. Dunnigan explained the substitute bill to the committee.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Abby Albrecht, Granite Construction
                        Robin Riggs, Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
                        Michelle McOmber, Utah Medical Association
                        Kelly Atkinson, Utah Health Insurance Association
                        Dave Davis, Utah Food Industry Association, Utah Retail Merchants Association, and Utah Manufacturers Association

MOTION:    Rep. Beck moved to pass 1st Substitute H.B. 331 with a favorable recommendation and recommend that the bill be placed on the time certain calendar for February 19, 2009 at 10:15 a.m. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Sandstrom absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Daw moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Sandstrom absent for the vote.

Rep. Ray adjourned the meeting at 10:02 a.m.




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                        Rep. Paul Ray
                        Committee Chair