Press Release on House action on SB164 "Healthy Utah"

For immediate release
Contact: Chuck Gates
Cate Klundt
House Rules Committee Receives S.B. 164
SALT LAKE CITY – (02/25/15) The Governor’s proposed version of Medicaid expansion: S.B. 164 or “ Healthy Utah,” has recently passed out of the Senate and is currently in the House Rules committee. The House Republican Caucus has heard and closely examined “Healthy Utah” through media campaigns, advocacy groups, constituent communication, a Senate committee hearing, two Senate Floor debates, multiple House caucus meetings and extensive dialogue with the executive branch.

“We have spent an inordinate amount of time on this issue and our discussion must shift to other critical areas of legislation,” said Speaker Greg Hughes. “Ultimately House Republicans decided that Healthy Utah is too costly, too unpredictable and too inflexible to earn the caucus’ support.   With Critical issues pending and days waning our time must be dedicated to bills that stand a reasonable chance of advancing through the legislative process, which does not include S.B. 164 as currently constituted."

"It is that lack of enthusiasm for Healthy Utah that keeps the bill in Rules Committee," Hughes said. "In the case of Healthy Utah the process is working as it should.”

Every year a number of bills remain in the House Rules Committee, even more will be voted down or held in committee, and many will be voted out of committee but simply not have time to be heard. S.B. 164 will continue to move through the same process as any other piece of legislation.

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