Senate Bill 192 passed the Utah Senate unanimously on Wednesday. The bill would require the Department of Health and Human Services to submit a state plan amendment to cover doula services under Medicaid.      The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Luz Escamilla (D – Salt Lake City), introduced an amendment ahead of the vote that defined … Read more

The Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously voted in favor of House Bill 248 on Wednesday.     The measure would provide grants to counties through one-time funding of $5 million from the state’s Medicaid Community Supports Waiver for establishing Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams, designed to provide long-term home and community-based services … Read more

Rob Ence is the executive director of the Utah Commission on Aging (UCOA), a state commission established in 2005 to coordinate efforts across the aging spectrum on policy, research and academia, and community services for the older adult population. Ence assumed the role in 2016 when the commission was tasked with reenvisioning its future and … Read more

The Utah House Health and Human Services Standing Committee voted 7-3 to favorably approve House Bill 239 on Thursday, advancing it to the House floor for consideration.     The bill would direct the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to work with stakeholders on designating a centralized health information exchange where patients and … Read more

The Utah House Health and Human Services Standing Committee voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 104 on Thursday.      The bill would direct the Utah Commission on Aging (UCOA) to develop a 10-year master plan on aging that identifies redundancies in state policies and makes recommendations on efficiency. It now heads to the House … Read more

The Utah Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee unanimously passed House Bills 59 and 278 with favorable recommendations on Wednesday.      HB 59 is an amendment to a law that was passed last year that requires first responder agencies in Utah to provide mental health services for first responders, both active and retired, … Read more

The House Health and Human Services Standing Committee unanimously passed House Bill 248 on Wednesday. The bill now advances to the House floor for consideration.      HB 248 would provide long-term home and community-based support for people with severe mental illness, requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to develop plans to deploy … Read more

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed Senate Bill 16 on Saturday, just one day after the Utah Legislature passed the controversial measure that bans gender-transitioning surgical procedures and places a moratorium on hormonal treatment for minors.      After advancing out of the Senate Health and Human Services Standing Committee (HHSSC) on Jan. 18th, it took … Read more

Senate Bill 19, a measure that would extend dental benefits under Medicaid to adults 21 years of age and older, advanced to the House after passage in the Senate by a vote of 19 to 0 with 10 abstentions Monday.      Sponsored by Sen. Evan Vickers (R – Cedar City), the measure passed with … Read more

The Utah Legislature kicked off the first day of its 65th General Session on Tuesday with the introduction of bills in both the House and Senate. Utah Senator Stuart Adams (R – Layton) and Rep. Brad Wilson (R – Kaysville) were sworn in as leaders of their respective chambers.      “What we do in … Read more