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S.B. 178






Chief Sponsor: Dennis E. Stowell

House Sponsor: Paul Ray

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This bill modifies the Utah Emergency Medical Services System Act by changing the
             11      distributions of monies allocated for grants that assist with the delivery of emergency
             12      medical services.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    expands the coverage area for allocating grants to assist with the delivery of
             16      emergency services from certain rural areas of the state to the entire state;
             17          .    permits the State Emergency Medical Services Committee to determine what
             18      percentage of the funds will be used as per capita block grants; and
             19          .    makes technical changes.
             20      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             21          None
             22      Other Special Clauses:
             23          None
             24      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             25      AMENDS:
             26          26-8a-207, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 82

             28      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             29          Section 1. Section 26-8a-207 is amended to read:
             30           26-8a-207. Emergency medical services grant program.
             31          [(1) As used in this section:]
             32          [(a) "Rural area" means an exclusive geographic service area as provided under Section
             33      26-8a-402 that is a city, town, or other similar community with a population of 10,000 or less
             34      based on the most recently published data of the United States Census Bureau.]
             35          [(b) "Rural county area" means an exclusive geographic service area as provided under
             36      Section 26-8a-402 that is a county of the fourth, fifth, or sixth class as provided under Section
             37      17-50-501 .]
             38          [(2)] (1) (a) The department shall receive as dedicated credits the amount established in
             39      Section 51-9-403 . That amount shall be transferred to the department by the Division of
             40      Finance from funds generated by the surcharge imposed under Title 51, Chapter 9, Part 4,
             41      Criminal Conviction Surcharge Allocation.
             42          (b) Funds transferred to the department under this section shall be used for
             43      improvement of delivery of emergency medical services and administrative costs as described
             44      in Subsection [(3)] (2)(a). Appropriations to the department for the purposes enumerated in
             45      this section shall be made from those dedicated credits.
             46          (c) All funding for the program created by this section shall be nonlapsing.
             47          [(3)] (2) (a) The department may use the funds transferred to it under Subsection [(2)]
             48      (1):
             49          (i) to provide staff support; and
             50          (ii) for other expenses incurred in:
             51          (A) administration of grant funds; and
             52          (B) other department administrative costs under this chapter.
             53          (b) After funding staff support, administrative expenses, and trauma system
             54      development, the department and the committee shall make emergency medical services grants
             55      from the remaining funds received as dedicated credits under Subsection [(2)] (1). A recipient
             56      of a grant under this Subsection [(3)] (2)(b) must actively provide emergency medical services
             57      within[:] the state.
             58          [(i) a rural area; or]

             59          [(ii) a rural county area.]
             60          (c) The department shall distribute [50%] not less than 25% of the funds, with the
             61      percentage being authorized by a majority vote of the committee, as per capita block grants for
             62      use specifically related to the provision of emergency medical services to nonprofit prehospital
             63      emergency medical services providers that are either licensed or designated and to emergency
             64      medical services that are the primary emergency medical services for a service area. The
             65      department shall determine the grant amounts by prorating available funds on a per capita basis
             66      by county as described in department rule.
             67          (d) The committee shall award the remaining funds as competitive grants for use
             68      specifically related to the provision of emergency medical services based upon rules
             69      established by the committee.

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