Groups look at health care reform initiative

Groups look at health care reform initiative

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two groups say that if lawmakers don't reform the state's health care system during this legislative session, they'll take action on their own.

Salt Lake City physician Joe Jarvis and psychotherapist Richard Passoth have filed paperwork to form a political issues committee called the Utah Patient's Advocacy Council.

Jarvis, who ran unsuccessfully for a Utah House seat last year, says he may pursue a statewide ballot proposition that would target unsafe hospital practices and overuse of health care and would limit when private insurance companies can reject applicants.

Judi Hilman, executive director of the Utah Health Policy Project, says her board also has discussed the possibility of an initiative.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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