Follow important legislation here:
HB31 – Utah Healthcare Workforce Financial Assistance Program Reauthorization – loan repayment assistance for physicians serving in high needs areas. This bill has passed and is Enrolled
HB50 – Opioid Prescribing Regulations – Creates guidelines for prescribing opiates to be encoded in Utah law. This bill is currently Held in House Health and Human Services
HB90 – Insurance Opioid Regulations – Calls on insurance companies to create policies for addressing opioid abuse prevention. This bill is currently Held in House Health and Human Services
HB122 – Medicaid Waiver for Postpartum Mental Health Coverage – Provides Medicaid coverage for certain patients to receive mental health care for post-partum depression. This bill is in House Business and Labor Committee
HB130 – Cannabinoid Medicine Research – Creates a regulatory structure mandating medical research on cannabinoids if it is legalized in the state of Utah. Introduced in the Senate
SB46 – Medicaid Expansion Amendments – expands Medicaid as outlined by the ACA. This bill is still in Senate rules awaiting referral to a Senate committee
HB 308, 309 and 310: Vaccine-related bills – these bills work together to create requirements for training for parents of unvaccinated children as to steps that should be taken to protect their children in the event of a disease outbreak, sets up opportunities for the departments of health to provide vaccinations for children in the schools, and improves the state-wide vaccine database.
HB325: Tobacco Sales and Enforcement Amendments – Increases the penalties and accountability for businesses who sell tobacco products and e-cigarettes to minors. Awaiting house committee assignment
HB154 – Telehealth Amendments – Creates requirements for insurance reimbursement for certain mental healthcare telehealth services; prohibits e-prescribing for abortion services. Awaiting senate committee assignment
To the members of the Utah Academy of Family Physicians: you are encouraged to visit the capitol during General Session on any business day that your schedule allows. Please contact the UAFP at Support@UtahAFP.org to schedule your visit. You will be accompanied by the Academy’s executive director who serves as lobbyist for family medicine in Utah.
The UAFP Legislative Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Kyle Jones and Dr. Caryn Slack. The committee schedule for 2017 is below – please let us know, Support@UtahAFP.org or 801-587-3285, if you would like to participate in our meetings, which are conducted via teleconference on Wednesday evenings, weekly during legislative session and bi-monthly the rest of the year.
Please join us at the capitol for Family Medicine Advocacy Day on Thursday, February 23. Space is limited so RSVP soon to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 Committee Meeting Calendar (meetings are held via teleconference)
- 02/15/2017, 6-7 pm
- 02/22/2017, 6-7 pm
- 03/01/2017, 6-7 pm
- 03/08/2017, 6-7 pm
- 05/17/2017, 6-7 pm
- 7/19/2017, 6-7 pm
- 9/20/2017, 6-7 pm
- 11/15/2017, 6-7 pm