After placing an $18 million tax credit portion of the bill into omnibus tax legislation to be passed by midnight tonight, state senators Tuesday unanimously approved a wide-ranging health-care system reform bill.
HB133, a multiyear, multifaceted reformation of the health-care delivery system in Utah, provides tax credits for people who buy their own health insurance. Unlike employers, who can purchase insurance benefits plans with pre-tax dollars, individuals must purchase their plans with after-tax income.
Momentum for the heralded health-care reform legislation seemed to slow the past two weeks it had been tabled in the Senate since Feb. 20. But House Majority Leader David Clark, R-Santa Clara, the bill's sponsor, said the fiscal aspects of the bill had to be combed out first before it could move forward.
"Support for it is not waning in any sense," he said.