BEFORE 8A TOMORROW: Pass HB 363 to reduce healthcare costs!

Ask legislators on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee to vote YES on HB 363 to reduce healthcare costs!

One of the best market driven and economically based solutions to reducing costs in healthcare is to create larger pools of insured people and utilize that larger pool to increase buying power for insurers. The Utah Public Employee Health Plan (PEHP) insures roughly 5% of the population. While PEHP is continuously striving to use innovation to reduce costs and improve outcomes, building up its buying power can help even further. HB 363 Public Employee’s Health Plan Amendments by Rep. Suzanne Harrison (D-Draper) provides a market solution to high healthcare costs by allowing for continued innovation in a large insurer for the state at no cost to the taxpayer.

Help get this good bill passed by asking the legislators in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee to vote YES on HB 363 BEFORE 8AM THURSDAY!

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What would HB 363 Public Employee’s Health Plan Amendments do?

HB 363 permits the Public Employee’s Health Program (PEHP) to create an out-of-state provider network to partner with public entities in other states to buy or share services related to the administration of medical benefits. The program will act like a self-insurer of employee benefit plans and will administer them. The bill also permits PEHP to contract with private insurers to underwrite employee benefit plans and either cover the plans or purchase commercial reinsurance as appropriate. 

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • This bill provides a market solution to high healthcare costs allowing for continued innovation in a large insurer for the state at no cost to the taxpayer.
  • According to Altarum’s 2018 Utah Survey, 60% of Utahns experienced healthcare affordability burdens in the past year; even more (85%) are worried about affording healthcare in the future; and across party lines, they express strong support for policymakers to address these problems.
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