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Economic Affairs Interim Committee September Update


Posted Date: 
September 7, 2012
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Pat Murdo, Committee Staff

EAIC Exits Interim with Health Reform, Board Reviews

The Sept. 11 meeting of the Economic Affairs Interim Committee will feature reviews of two studies undertaken by the committee this interim: one on health insurance exchanges and another on professional and occupational licensing boards.

The health insurance exchange report, required under House Joint Resolution 33, covers the committee’s activities in the interim along with a review of insurance changes under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and background information regarding health insurance exchanges. Public comment will be accepted on the report and on health insurance exchanges.

The report on professional and occupational licensing boards sums up the first portion of a study required under House Bill 525, which was approved by the 2011 Legislature. The bill called for reviewing half of the licensing boards during this interim, starting with the oldest board first. The review is designed to determine if the boards are still meeting their mission of protecting public health, welfare, and safety. All of the 16 boards reviewed by the committee this interim received endorsements to continue, although the committee recommended that some boards work on concerns raised during public comment.

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