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MINUTES OF THE
HOUSE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES STANDING COMMITTEE
ROOM 25, HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING, STATE CAPITOL COMPLEX
February 23, 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
                Rep. Evan Vickers                
            
STAFF PRESENT:        Mark Andrews, Policy Analyst
                Sylvia Newton, House Secretary
                Tom Vaughn, Associate General Counsel

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

Rep. Ray called the meeting to order at 4:37 p.m.

MOTION:    Rep. Daw moved to approve the minutes of the February 20, 2009 meeting. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Riesen and Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.


1st Sub. H.B. 132    Sexual Assault Victim Protocols (Rep. J. Biskupski)


Rep. Biskupski explained the bill, which was discussed and amended in the meeting held February 20, 2009.

Spoke in opposition to the bill:    Dave Gessel, Utah Hospital and Health Systems Association

MOTION:    Rep. Sandstrom moved to pass 1st Substitute H.B. 132 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.


H.B. 340    Respite Care Assistance Fund (Rep. J. Draxler)

MOTION:    Rep. Menlove moved to delete in title and body H.B. 340 and replace it with 1st Substitute H.B. 340. The motion passed unanimously.

Rep. Draxler explained the substitute bill. He was assisted by Claire Mantonya and Andrew Riggle of the Disability Law Center. A handout was provided to committee members.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Jennifer Kuhn, Utah Developmental Disabilities Council
                        Joyce Dolcourt, Legislative Coalition for People with Disabilities




Rep. Beck declared a conflict of interest.

MOTION:    Rep. Beck moved to pass 1st Substitute H.B. 340 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously.


H.B. 399    Charitable Care Amendments (Rep. B. Last)

MOTION:    Rep. Menlove moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 3, Lines 71 through 76 :    

             71          (ii) does not mean
  :

    (A)  
any grant or donation to the health care facility used to offset direct

             72      costs associated with providing the uncompensated health care such as:
             73          
{   (A)   }        (I)       medical supplies [or];

             74          
{   (B)   }        (II)       drugs[.]; or

             75          
{   (C)   }        (III)       a charitable donation to the health care facility, including a charitable donation

             76      from a patient of the health care facility
  ; or

    (B) incidental reimbursements to the volunteer such as:
    (I) food supplied to the volunteer;
    (II) clothing supplied to the volunteer to help identify the volunteer during the time of volunteer services;
    (III) mileage reimbursement to the volunteer; or
    (IV) other similar support to the volunteer  
.


The motion to amend the bill passed unanimously.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    John Pingree, President, Intermountain Healthcare Foundation

MOTION:    Rep. Daw moved to pass H.B. 399 as amended with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Vickers moved to place H.B. 399 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.






H.B. 456    Tobacco Access Restrictions (Rep. B. Last)


Rep. Last explained the bill and the proposed amendment to the committee.

MOTION:    Rep. Daw moved to amend the bill as follows:

1.    Page 3, Line 72 :    

             72      of tobacco products by individuals under the age of 19";
{   and   }


2.    Page 3, Line 76 :    

             76      present, or permitted to enter, at any time, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
  ; and

    (c) sales by a retailer from a retail store which derives at least 80% of its revenue from tobacco and tobacco related products and where the retailer ensures that no person younger than 19 years of age is present, or permitted to enter at any time, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  
.


3.    Page 3, Line 82 :    

             82      age into an area described in Subsection (3)(b)
  or into a retail store described Subsection (3)(c)       and permits the person younger than 19 years of


The motion to amend the bill passed unanimously with Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.

Spoke in favor of the bill:    Michael Siler, American Cancer Society (handout)
                        Michelle Weeks, American Heart Association
                        Ronda Rose, Utah State PTA

MOTION:    Rep. Beck moved to pass H.B. 456 as amended with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.


H.J.R. 22    Joint Resolution - Utah's Medicaid Asset Test (Rep. R. Chavez-Houck)

Rep. Chavez-Houck explained the resolution, assisted by Lincoln Nehring, Utah Health Policy Project. A handout was provided to committee members.

Spoke to the bill:    Deb Turner, Utah Department of Health




MOTION:    Rep. Beck moved to pass H.J.R. 22 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.

MOTION:    Rep. Beck moved to place H.J.R. 22 on the Consent Calendar. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.


S.B. 111    Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program Amendments (Sen. G. Davis)


Sen. Davis explained the bill and provided a handout to committee members.

MOTION:    Rep. Daw moved to pass S.B. 111 with a favorable recommendation. The motion passed unanimously with Rep. Menlove absent for the vote.


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

Rep. Ray adjourned the meeting at 5:52 p.m.





                        __________________
                        Rep. Paul Ray
                        Committee Chair