The Future of Medicaid in Utah: a KUER News Series http://kuer.org en The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 4: We Are All Affected http://kuer.org/post/future-medicaid-utah-part-4-we-are-all-affected <p>After the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, states are faced with a decision on whether to expand Medicaid eligibility. Utah remains undecided. In the last story in our series, The Future of Medicaid in Utah, we look at how the decision affects all of us as taxpayers and healthcare consumers.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 15806 at http://kuer.org The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 4: We Are All Affected The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 3: Gaps in Services and Gaps in Coverage http://kuer.org/post/future-medicaid-utah-part-3-gaps-services-and-gaps-coverage <p>The expansion of Medicaid as outlined in the Affordable Care Act is designed to give more people access to healthcare services. Without the expansion, a portion of the Utah’s population living on the edge of poverty may remain uninsured. But some believe that Medicaid doesn’t do enough for those who are already enrolled. In part 3 of our series, The Future of Medicaid in Utah we examine the gap in services already provided and the coverage gap that will continue to exist if Medicaid is not expanded.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 18:33:46 +0000 Terry Gildea 15877 at http://kuer.org The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 3: Gaps in Services and Gaps in Coverage The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 2: The Spenddown http://kuer.org/post/future-medicaid-utah-part-2-spenddown <p>Utah lawmakers will decide in their next legislative session whether or not to expand Medicaid under the guidelines outlined in the Affordable Care Act. &nbsp;Unlike Medicare, which is a federal program for the elderly, Medicaid is a partnership with states that provides a healthcare safety net for those in need.</p><p>But qualifying for Medicaid is not automatic. &nbsp;The income and eligibility requirements are complex and the state employs dozens of people to help make those determinations.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:53:23 +0000 Dan Bammes 15804 at http://kuer.org The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 2: The Spenddown The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 1: Understanding the Program http://kuer.org/post/future-medicaid-utah-part-1-understanding-program <p>Utah lawmakers are faced with a big decision: to expand or not to expand the Medicaid program. But what do we know about the program? What do people in Utah <em>think</em> they know about the program? And what is life like for those getting help from the program have been transformed by Medicaid?&nbsp; In part one of our series The Future of Medicaid in Utah, we set out to answer these and other important questions.</p><p>&ldquo;Older people, freebies, handout&rsquo;s,&rdquo; says Salt Lake City resident Jeff Steal.</p><p>But Steal might have a bit of a simplistic view of the program.</p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 16:57:50 +0000 Whittney Evans 15752 at http://kuer.org The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 1: Understanding the Program