Utah lawmakers won't hear bill on own health care

Utah lawmakers won't hear bill on own health care



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Lawmakers will likely not consider a bill that would have replaced their state-sponsored health plan with a cash equivalent so they could buy coverage on their own in the private market.

Monday was the last day the House Rules Committee could have assigned House Bill 339 to a committee for a hearing.

Some lawmakers currently get Public Employee Health Program coverage. The measure would have given them the cash equivalent of what the state pays. Lawmakers then could buy coverage on their own.

Rep. Eric Hutchings, R-Kearns, who sponsored the bill, says the problem was in the measure's language. Not every lawmaker is in the PEHP plan so some would have essentially gotten a bump in pay.

Hutchings says he plans to come back next session with a bill proposing a health reimbursement arrangement.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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