The Deseret News Editorial
on April 8 referred to an issue discussed in the Executive Appropriations Committee meeting held on April 7. As part of the discussion, President Waddoups
brought up a concern regarding the Federal Funds/ARRA/Non-Federal Grants Reports. The "Ryan White" grant requires an investment of over $1.6 million in state monies in addition to the $3.4 million allocated by the federal grant. This program provides treatment and insurance coverage for low income Utahns with HIV/Aids-related problems. President Waddoups questioned whether or not the new National Healthcare plan, which was recently passed, would cover the 450 affected citizens currently receiving services. If so, the state of Utah would no longer need to pay the costs associated with this program. During the last legislative session, several cuts were made to the Health and Human Services budget. President Waddoups wanted to find out if this grant is the best use of budgeted money.
Dr. David Sundwall, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Health, will research this issue and give a report to the Executive Appropriations Committee in May.
The Deseret News Editorial indicates the Committee voted to stop the funding to the "Ryan White" grant and treatment would be stopped immediately. In reality, the funding has NOT been stopped and TREATMENT IS STILL BEING GIVEN. The Executive Appropriations Committee is continuing to study the issue and will make a decision after researching the questions raised and finding the best way to handle the situation.
To hear the debate, click here
. The discussion begins at minute 7:37.