by Senator Luz Robles
Minority Caucus Manager
Senate District One
The Utah State Legislature met today to change some technical pieces on laws we passed this last session. More importantly, we were able to fix the Medicaid hospital provider reimbursement rates, making it the same as all other providers in the state. Our health care system is seeing a dramatic increase in uninsured and Medicaid caseload growth. This is when the state needs to take are of our providers to establish continued levels of health care.
I also had the opportunity to be part of the committee to notify Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., that the Legislature had gathered for the First Special Session, and I had the opportunity to personally congratulate the governor on his new position as Ambassador to China. He was very gracious and seemed eager to serve his country at the national level. My experience with Governor Huntsman as a former staff member of his administration, and as a Senator, has always been positive. He will be greatly missed here in the halls of the State Capitol.
Governor Huntsman’s open-mindedness and willingness to listen to all ideas brought a different experience in Utah State government. I wish him and his family the best of luck in China, and I look forward to working with Lt. Governor Herbert.