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Utah Nurses Association Bill Tracker Final for 2017

Bills are listed in numerical order (House > Senate)

Bill No.






UNA Position


HB 31

Utah Health Care Workforce Financial Assistance Program Reauthorization (Rep. Redd, E.)

Will reauthorize existing program which gives funds in terms of scholarships or loan repayment to many levels of health care providers who agree to work for two years in an underserved area of the state.

Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.



This has already proven effective with 83% retention of funded individuals in the areas they served. Very good for rural Utah, especially but not exclusively.

HB 50 Sub 2

Opioid Prescribing Regulations (Rep. Ray Ward)

This bill strives to encourage all prescribers of opioids to limit the amount of opioids to only a certain number of days for an acute injury and to carefully check the Controlled substance Data Base for all new patients or for patients who come back often for new opioid or benzodiazepine orders.

Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

UNA supports.



As Utah now has the 4th highest number of opioid overdose deaths in the country, this is one attempt to keep down the number of opiates prescribed for acute pain and it requires the prescriber to see the patient before renewing the initial prescription.

HB 57

Reproductive Health and Medicaid Amendments (King)


Directs the Division of Health Care financing to seek a waiver for Medicaid coverage for limited family planning services and reproductive health.

"Family planning services" includes, at a minimum:(A) testing, treatment, and counseling for sexually transmitted infections andHIV/AIDS, including follow-up treatment for diagnosed sexually transmitted infections;
(B) well-woman exams, including screening and testing for breast and cervical cancer
and other cervical cancer causing abnormalities, and other preventive services related to familyplanning (C)sexual health education and family planning counseling; (D) contraceptives; and
(ii) "Family planning services" does not include an abortion


This bill has sat in committee for a long time and ultimately died in the House Rules Committee.

UNA supports this bill. If you are involved in women’s health you may want to improve low income women’s health by contacting your Representative and Senator about this issue prior to the next general session in 2018.

This is asking for a waiver to our Medicaid provisions for low income women who are at or below the highest income allowed for a pregnant woman who is on Medicaid. These women come off of Medicaid at six weeks postpartum. The waiver also asks for a 90% Federal match to state funds used. Given the national climate right now, this is not too likely to occur. However supporting this bill sends a clear message to our legislators that we DO think low income families should have family planning if they are ever to get out of poverty.

HB 66

Sub 1







Opiate Overdose Response Act Amendments (Rep. Carol Spackman-Moss)

This bill defines the liability of the person who gives an opiate antagonist to a person whom they believe is unresponsive due to an opiate overdose.

Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

UNA supports.

This bill spells out that the nurse or opiate outreach provider who is working in his/her workplace has the usual professional liability for administering this drug but the nurse who is working in a voluntary, non-workplace role and gives the opiate antagonist does not have civil liability for the outcome of the action if it was performed to the best of the individual’s ability.

HB 73

Child Placement Amendments


Requires the Division ofChild and Family Services to

determine whether a parent or

guardian has an outstanding felony arrest warrant

before recommending the return of a child to the custody of the parent or guardian;


allows the juvenile court to deny the return of a child to the custody of a parent or

guardian if the parent or guardian has an outstanding felony arrest warrant.


This bill passed the House without opposition and also passed the Senate Judiciary, Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Committee. Never voted on in the Senate. Died.

UNA supports.


This pertains to children who are already in state custody for any number of reasons. This bill looks at the safety of the child and also the very real possibility that the child will be taken back into state custody depending on outcome of the felony arrest.

HB 76

End of Life


(Chavez Houck)

This bill is the “death with dignity” bill that would allow a terminally ill person to make the decision and perform the action of ending their life under a strictly controlled situation.

This bill was presented and tabled in the House HHS Com. Died in House Rules Committee.

UNA has monitored this bill closely and does not have a position on the bill. There are many issues and the GRC Com is significantly divided. We also believe that our Code of Ethics does not allow us as an organization to support the bill.

Many testified in favor of and against the bill. Those in favor were mainly those who face a painful and prolonged death as terminally ill patients who do not have decent pain control and want to die peacefully. Those opposed included a rep of the Catholic Church and others concerned about the “slippery slope” of impending euthanasia.

HB 90


Insurance Opioid Regulation (Ward)

This bill authorizes a health insurance policy, a health plan offered to state employees, theMedicaid program, and workers' compensation insurance to establish policies tominimize the risk of opioid addiction and overdose;

Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

UNA was tending to not support this bill.

GRC is in some disagreement here. There is concern that this bill may encourage insurance companies to establish policies about opiate use in chronic pain which may require treatments which the insurance companies will not cover such as PT, mental health care, other “non-pill” treatments. This may not help people who are trying to avoid opiates but have nowhere else to turn.







HB 102







Cohabitant Abuse Act Amendments




defines cohabitant language to be

included in the domestic violence law as below:

(5) "Intimate partner" means, as it relates to an individual:

(a) the individual's current or former spouse;

(b) the other parent of the individual's child;

(c) the biological parent of the individual's unborn child; or

(d) another individual who resides or has resided with the individual in a romantic,

dating, or sexual relationship. )


Died in House Rules Committee.

UNA supports this language change.

This reasonable language change allows all the likely perpetrators of domestic violence to be included as appropriate in a domestic violence charge.

HB 110

S 1

Controlled Substance Amendments (Ray)



This bill:

adds the substance



-(dimethylamino)cyclohexyl]-N-methylbenzamide that is

also known as U-47700 to the list of controlled

substances under Schedule I.

Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

UNA supports.


This drug, also known as "pink" is apparently being used rampantly in the drug abuse scene. Some extensive discussion of this drug occurred during the interim session.

HB 122

Medicaid Waiver for Postpartum Mental Health Coverage (Redd)

This bill:
defines terms; and
requires the Department of Health to ask for a federal waiver that will allow the state's Medicaid program to provide mental health benefits and services to certain
postpartum women. This would be women who are at or below the 138% of the federal poverty level and who do not otherwise qualify for Medicaid coverage in Utah.

For some reason, this bill concerning maternal healthcare has been sent to the House Business and Labor Committee. Ultimately died in House Rules Com.


UNA STRONGLY SUPPORTS this bill. Note that there was only one woman on this committee that is decided to hold a bill that affects women’s health.

Untreated post partum depression has a profound negative effect not only on the mother, but also on the newborn and other members of the family. Low income women have NO recourse to ANY treatment at the present time. This waiver would allow these women to seek and hopefully obtain crucial care in the postpartum period.

HB 130 Sub 2

Cannabinoid Research (Daw)


This billallows

* a person to possess cannabis, a cannabinoid product, and an expanded
cannabinoid product and to distribute the cannabis, a cannabinoid product, or an expanded cannabinoid product to a patient pursuant to an institutional review board-approved study;
* also allows a person conducting an institutional review board-approved study to importand distribute cannabis, a cannabinoid product, and an expanded cannabinoidproduct under certain circumstances; and
*creates the Cannabinoid Product Board within the Department of Health

Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

UNA Supports this bill. This billmay ultimately convince legislators of the safety or risks of the use of cannabinoid products. Utah research may prove more convincing than national research.

Establishes a STUDY.

This bill calls for establishment of rigorous study of cannabinoid products by at least one Utah entity with IRB approval. This study is to examine/determine evidence of the medical conditions amenable to treatment with cannabinoid products and to determine the safety, efficacy of these products including appropriate dosage amounts as well as medical dosage forms and the interaction of cannabinoid products with other treatments. A board is formed under the DOH to oversee this effort and is to reports to Interim HHS annually.







HB 142

Sub 4

Administration of Anesthesia Amendments (Kennedy)

This bill calls for establishing a database and collection of data related to adverse events associated to the administration of anesthesia in settings outside of a hospital. This review is to be ongoing and the results of this study by the Dept. of Health are to be reported to the HHS Interim Committee on an annual basis.

Sub 4 slightly tightened language of what will be reported in the case of an adverse event (AE).

Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

UNA supports this bill although we have suggested some modified language to the sponsor of the bill. Rep. Kennedy agreed with our suggestions and may adopt some of them with a floor amendment.( Only a slight change was made based on UNA suggestions.)

Establishes a STUDY.

Given that there are adverse events occurring, little is known about the settings of these adverse events outside of the inpatient settings. Adverse events are considered to be any unexpected exacerbation of care needed following sedation or administration of anesthesia. This data will show where the problems do occur. Hopefully this will be followed by action to require safety measures to address and/or prevent these events.







HB 200

Sexual Assault Kit Processing Amendments ( Romero)

This bill requires that all sexual assault kits, except for those classified as restricted kits, be tested to obtain DNA profiles;

provides that testing of a sexual assault kit be completed within a specified amount of time;

provides the process by which sexual assault kits sh

all be stored and transmitted for testing;

provides that a sexual assault kit shall be classified as a restricted kit if the victim chooses not to interview with law enforcement about the sexual assault or sexual


provides the guidelines and process for the retention and disposal of sexual assault


requires medical personnel who conduct sexual assault examinations to inform each

victim of specified rights, available treatments,

and services

*and addresses training of law enforcement personnel in interacting with assault victims


Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

UNA STRONGLY supports this bill. Apparently some funds have been appropriated to cover the costs of about half the older rape kits’ processing.


A huge backlog of untested sexual assault kits (rape kits) has accumulated in Utah. While some counties are now vastly improving their attention to checking the DNA of current kits, there is still a lot of work to do to test kits that have been neglected. This testing will help establish a database of offenders’ DNA so that any subsequent offense can be linked to the guilty party. Testing has also cleared nine men in Utah of assault charges.

HB 209


Administration of Medication to Students Amendment



This bill allows for the administration of an opiate antagonist to a student in school

provides civil and criminal immunity for schoolpersonnel who administer an opiate

antagonist to a student.


Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

UNA supports this bill

While UNA supports this bill, this is one more medication for which school nurses will be required to train personnel. This is one more reason we need more school nurses.

HB 308 S1

HB 309

HB 310

Immunization Bills (Three titles related to Public Health In Schools)


These three bills work together to require development of an education module that would be required to be completed by parents before their child would be granted a personal exemption from immunization in the school system. The mechanism for transmitting this completion and a database to track children with exemptions is included in the latter two bills.

HB 308 is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

HB 309 and HB 310 were pulled by the sponsor who incorporated some language of those bills into HB 308.

The UNA does support these since they essentially include the points that we fought for last year. School nurses also supported these bills.


The module is nearly completed at this time. The completion of the module may be sent electronically to the local health dept. and to the school. With current measles and mumps outbreaks in Salt Lake County, this is an ongoing important issue. Many states do not allow personal, non-medical exemptions.

Please read all 3 bills to get the full information.

HB 434




This bill grants rulemaking authority to the Division of Occupational and ProfessionalLicensing to make rules allowing an applicant for licensure as an advanced practiceregistered nurse specializing in psychiatric mental health nursing to complete
clinical practice requirements under the supervision of a psychiatrist under certainconditions.

The division shall make rules … that allow an applicant fulfilling the clinical practice
requirements described in Subsection (4)(g) in a county of the third, fourth, fifth, or sixth class,as designated in Section
17-50-501, to complete part or all clinical practice requirements under
the supervision of a psychiatrist,
as that term is defined in Section


Died in House Rules Com. but will be brought back next year if the issue is not resolved in NPA Rules by then.



The clinical practice residency can already, under rule, be supervised by another licensed mental health practitioner with collaboration with a supervising psyche APRN. This is a non-problem. It is highly unlikely that the Medical Practice Act would be opened to allow another licensed health care provider to provide part or all of the supervision of a new grad MD during their residency.

SB 48

Nurse Licensure Compact (Sen. Vickers, E, Rep Ward, R..)

This bill enacts a Nurse Licensure Compact that will replace the state's current Nurse

Licensure Compact if certain conditions are met.

This bill:

*creates general provisions & jurisdiction for the


*establishes a licensure process for party states;

*invests authority in party state licensing boards;

*coordinates licensure information systems &exchange of information;

*establishes the InterstateCommission of Nurse Licensure Compact Administrators;

*provides rulemaking to the commission;

*provides oversight & dispute resolution;

*establishes an effective date for the compact.


Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

Strongly Support

Do thank your representative for voting in favor of this bill. There was no opposition



Utah was the first state to write and pass into law a Nurse Compact act that allows nurses to practice in compact states while only having to pay for a license in their home state. This language is unifying all compact act states into a uniform set of criteria for licensure and enabling a national commission to set any needed rules for the compact. Each state in the compact will have a . on this commission. If we do not pass this bill, our nurse compact act is gone once enough states approve this unifying change.







SB 88

Medicaid Housing Coordinator (Sen. Iwamoto)

This bill creates the position of Medicaid long-term support services housing coordinator
within the Medicaid program; andspecifies the duties of the coordinator.


Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

Somewhere they also found funding.

UNA supports this bill.

No coordination exist between housing efforts of caseworkers all over the state who are trying to place either elderly or disables adults out of nursing homes back into the community. This position of a coordinator would help connect all these efforts and also hopefully discover pockets of housing that may exit unknown throughout the state. This could save as much as $50,000/yr for each case of community-based elder care as opposed to nursing home care.

SB 95 1st Sub.

Air Ambulance Amendments 1st

Substitute (Harper)


Establishes an air ambulance committee and charges that committee to work with the Health Data Base and documentation of air ambulance charges and report their findings to EMS providers and the public.

Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.


Establishes a STUDY.

20 air ambulance companies have license to fly in Utah and 5 companies are based here. Their charges are variable, opaque and not known to EMS or to the public. The cost of this committee can be absorbed into the Dept. of Health’ existing budget.

SB 108

Emergency Administration of EpinephrineAmendments



amends the Emergency Injection for

Anaphylactic Reaction Act. by

Amending the definition of epinephrine auto-injec

tor to allow the use of more than one

manufacturer of a device.


Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.



This will allow other equipment to be used, hopefully bypassing the extraordinary prices of current sole manufacturer. A commonsense cost saving bill.

SB 135 Sub 1

Maternal and Child Health (Escamilla)

Calls for a study of ongoing evidence-based home visiting programs for mothers and children under age 4 in Utah. Also calls for a report of these findings to the HHS Interim Committee and the potential identification of programs which could be funded/supported through a special fund designated only for this bill’s purpose to improve health care for mothers and young children.

Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

UNA strongly supported.

Establishes a STUDY.

This bill calls for a short term study of the evidence-based home visiting programs for new mothers and their newborns across the state. The result of this study is to be reported to the Interim HHS Committee in an effort to determine what programs are present, which ones are effective, and which programs might be worthy of state support in an effort to improve maternal and child health.













SB 258 S1

Addication Recovery Amendments (Mayne)

This bill:

defines terms; and

requires the Division of Occupational and Profession

al Licensing to:

*establish guidelines for the issuance of a prescription for an opiate antagonistalong with a prescription for an opiate; and

*report on the guidelines to the Health and Human Service

s Interim Committee.


Is now law. Has been signed by the Governor.

UNA is tending to support this legislation.

Establishes guidelines and requires a report on the guidelines to Interim HHS Com.

The idea behind this bill is not that there is a mandate for prescribers to write an opiate-antagonist prescription with every opiate prescription but that guidelines be established when this would be a good idea, especially with any long-term large opiate dose script.








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