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Chief Sponsor: Carl Wimmer

Senate Sponsor: J. Stuart Adams

             6      Cosponsors:
             7      Johnny Anderson
             8      Bradley M. Daw
             9      Brad L. Dee
             10      John Dougall
             11      Craig A. Frank
             12      Gage Froerer
             13      Francis D. Gibson
             14      Kerry W. GibsonRichard A. Greenwood
Keith Grover
Wayne A. Harper
Christopher N. Herrod
Gregory H. Hughes
Eric K. Hutchings
Rebecca D. Lockhart
John G. Mathis
Michael T. MorleyMerlynn T. Newbold
Michael E. Noel
Curtis Oda
Patrick Painter
Paul Ray
Stephen E. Sandstrom
Kenneth W. Sumsion
Ryan D. Wilcox
Bill Wright              15     
             16      LONG TITLE
             17      General Description:
             18          This bill prohibits a state agency or department from implementing federal health care
             19      reform passed by the United States Congress after March 1, 2010, unless a state agency
             20      reports to the Legislature regarding costs and impact on state reform efforts.
             21      Highlighted Provisions:
             22          This bill:
             23          .    makes legislative findings;
             24          .    prohibits a state agency or department from implementing any provision of the
             25      federal health care reform unless the agency reports to the Legislature:
             26              .    whether the federal act compels the state to adopt the particular federal
             27      provision;
             28              .    consequences to the state if the state refuses to adopt the particular federal
             29      provision;
             30              .    impact to the citizens of the state if reform efforts are implemented or not
             31      implemented; and

             32          .    prohibits an individual in this state from being required to purchase health
             33      insurance.
             34      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             35          None
             36      Other Special Clauses:
             37          This bill provides an immediate effective date.
             38      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             39      ENACTS:
             40          63M-1-2505.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
             42      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             43          Section 1. Section 63M-1-2505.5 is enacted to read:
             44          63M-1-2505.5. Reporting on federal health reform -- Prohibition of individual
             45      mandate.
             46          (1) The Legislature finds that:
             47          (a) the state has embarked on a rigorous process of implementing a strategic plan for
             48      health system reform pursuant to Section 63M-1-2505 ;
             49          (b) the health system reform efforts for the state were developed to address the unique
             50      circumstances within Utah and to provide solutions that work for Utah;
             51          (c) Utah is a leader in the nation for health system reform which includes:
             52          (i) developing and using health data to control costs and quality; and
             53          (ii) creating a defined contribution insurance market to increase options for employers
             54      and employees; and
             55          (d) the federal government proposals for health system reform:
             56          (i) infringe on state powers;
             57          (ii) impose a uniform solution to a problem that requires different responses in
             58      different states;
             59          (iii) threaten the progress Utah has made towards health system reform; and

             60          (iv) infringe on the rights of citizens of this state to provide for their own health care
             61      by:
             62          (A) requiring a person to enroll in a third party payment system;
             63          (B) imposing fines on a person who chooses to pay directly for health care rather than
             64      use a third party payer;
             65          (C) imposing fines on an employer that does not meet federal standards for providing
             66      health care benefits for employees; and
             67          (D) threatening private health care systems with competing government supported
             68      health care systems.
             69          (2) (a) A department or agency of the state may not implement any part of federal
             70      health care reform, as defined in Subsection (3), that is passed by the United States Congress
             71      after March 1, 2010, unless the department or agency reports to the Legislature's Business and
             72      Labor Interim Committee and if authorized, the Health Reform Task Force and the Legislative
             73      Executive Appropriations Committee in accordance with Subsection (2)(c).
             74          (b) The Legislature may pass legislation specifically authorizing or prohibiting the
             75      state's compliance with, or participation in, federal health care reform.
             76          (c) The report required under Subsection (2)(a) shall include:
             77          (i) the specific federal statute or regulation that requires the state to implement a
             78      federal reform provision;
             79          (ii) whether the reform provision has any state waiver or options;
             80          (iii) exactly what the reform provision requires the state to do, and how it would be
             81      implemented;
             82          (iv) who in the state will be impacted by adopting the federal reform provision, or not
             83      adopting the federal reform provision;
             84          (v) what is the cost to the state or citizens of the state to implement the federal reform
             85      provision; and
             86          (vi) the consequences to the state if the state does not comply with the federal reform
             87      provision.

             88          (3) For purposes of this section, "federal health care reform" means federal legislation
             89      or federal regulation that:
             90          (a) mandates an individual to purchase health insurance;
             91          (b) mandates a small employer to provide health insurance coverage for employees;
             92          (c) imposes penalties on small employers who do not provide health insurance for their
             93      employees;
             94          (d) expands the eligibility for the Medicaid program or the Children's Health Insurance
             95      Program, and passes the cost of that expansion to the state;
             96          (e) creates new insurance coverage mandates; or
             97          (f) creates a new government run, public insurance program.
             98          (4) (a) An individual in this state may not be required to obtain or maintain health
             99      insurance as defined in Section 31A-1-301 , regardless of whether the individual has or is
             100      eligible for health insurance coverage under any policy or program provided by or through the
             101      individual's employer or a plan sponsored by the state or federal government.
             102          (b) The provisions of this title may not be used to hold an individual in this state liable
             103      for any penalty, assessment, fee, or fine as a result of the individual's failure to procure or
             104      obtain health insurance coverage.
             105          (c) This section does not apply to an individual who voluntarily applies for coverage
             106      under a state administered program pursuant to Title XIX or Title XXI of the Social Security
             107      Act.
             108          Section 2. Effective date.
             109          If approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, this bill takes effect
             110      upon approval by the governor, or the day following the constitutional time limit of Utah
             111      Constitution Article VII, Section 8, without the governor's signature, or in the case of a veto,
             112      the date of veto override.

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