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MINUTES OF THE SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    STANDING COMMITTEE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2009
ROOM 250
STATE CAPITOL


Members Present:        Sen. D. Chris Buttars, Chair
                Sen. Gregory S. Bell
                Sen. Allen M. Christensen
                Sen. David P. Hinkins
                Sen. Patricia W. Jones
                Sen. Luz Robles
    
Staff Present:            Mark D. Andrews, Policy Analyst
                Cami Deavila, Committee Secretary

Public Speakers Present:    Dr. Tom Metcalf, M.D., American Academy of Pediatrics, Utah                 Chapter
                Judi Hilman, Utah Health Policy Project
                Alan Pruhs, Utah Association for Community Health
                John Pingree, President, Intermountain Healthcare Foundation
                Ken Mortensen, Citizen
                Dawn Higley, American Diabetes Association
                Laura Landon, Executive Director, American Diabetes Association
                The Honourable Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Governor
                Elizabeth Garbe, Utah Health Policy Project
                            
A list of visitors and a copy of handouts are filed with the committee minutes.

Sen. Buttars called the meeting to order at 8:07 a.m.

1.    SB0225, Health Amendments for Legal Immigrant Children (L. Robles)

    Sen. Robles introduced the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Jones moved to amend S.B. 225, Health Amendments for Legal Immigrant Children, as follows:


1.    Page 1, Lines 18 through 21 :    

             18          .    directs the Department of Health to amend the state Medicaid plan
{   to provide

             19      Medicaid coverage, and coverage under  
}
  and       the Utah Children's Health Insurance


             20
     Program
{   ,   } to        provide coverage to       an eligible legal immigrant child, regardless of the length of time that

             21      the child has been in the United States.

2.    Page 2, Line 45 :    

             45      federal law and rule, the department shall
{   amend the state Medicaid plan to   } provide coverage

    
    The motion passed unanimously with Sen. Hinkins absent for the vote.

    Mr. Pingree, Mr. Pruhs, Ms. Hilman, and Mr. Metcalf spoke for the bill. Mr. Mortensen spoke to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass S.B. 225, Health Amendments for Legal Immigrant Children, as amended, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed with Sen. Hinkins voting nay.

2.    HB0188S01, Health System Reform-Insurance Market (D. Clark)

    Rep. Clark introduced the bill.

    The Honourable Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. spoke for the bill.

    Ms. Higley, Ms. Garbe, and Ms. Landon spoke to the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Bell moved to pass H. B. 188S01, Health System Reform-Insurance Market, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

3.    HB0165S01, Health Reform-Administrative Simplification (M. Newbold)

    Rep. Newbold introduced the bill.

     MOTION: Sen. Christensen moved to pass H.B. 165S01, Health Reform- Administrative Simplification, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

4.    HB0331S02, Health Reform-Administrative Simplification (J. Dunnigan)

    Rep. Dunnigan introduced the bill.



     MOTION: Sen. Robles moved to pass H.B. 331S02, Health Reform-Administrative Simplification, out of committee with a favorable recommendation.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: Sen. Jones moved to adjourn.

    The motion passed unanimously.

    Sen. Buttars adjourned the meeting at 9:58 a.m.

    Minutes were reported by Cami Deavila, Secretary.





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                     D. Chris Buttars, Committee Chair