ACA http://kuer.org en How Does Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision Affect Utah? http://kuer.org/post/how-does-hobby-lobby-supreme-court-decision-affect-utah <p></p><p>The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that two private companies&nbsp;with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. It’s the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:27:47 +0000 Andrea Smardon 48603 at http://kuer.org How Does Hobby Lobby Supreme Court Decision Affect Utah? Utah Lawmakers Put Off Healthcare Decisions for Low Income Citizens http://kuer.org/post/utah-lawmakers-put-healthcare-decisions-low-income-citizens <p></p><p>Utah’s Republican lawmakers say they’re not ready to make any decisions about Medicaid expansion or <a href="http://www.utah.gov/governor/news_media/article.html?article=9747">the governor’s alternative plan</a>. That means over 110,000 low income Utahns will likely be waiting at least until next year before they know what their health insurance options may be.</p><p>At a GOP caucus this week, Republicans legislators determined that they don’t all agree when it comes to Medicaid and healthcare reform.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 03:56:28 +0000 Andrea Smardon 46729 at http://kuer.org Utah Lawmakers Put Off Healthcare Decisions for Low Income Citizens The Coverage Gap: Transgender Utahn Can’t Get Health Insurance http://kuer.org/post/coverage-gap-transgender-utahn-can-t-get-health-insurance-0 <p></p><p>The Affordable Care Act is in effect across the country, but some Utahns are finding that they still don’t have any options for health insurance. As part of an ongoing series, KUER looks at those in this coverage gap. In today’s installment, we meet a 32-year-old who is in the process of coming out as transgender.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:57:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42082 at http://kuer.org The Coverage Gap: Transgender Utahn Can’t Get Health Insurance After Delay, State Now Processing Medicaid Applications from Healthcare.gov http://kuer.org/post/after-delay-state-now-processing-medicaid-applications-healthcaregov <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>After weeks of waiting, thousands of Utahns will find out if they qualify for Medicaid. Confusion and technical difficulties with the federal exchange website <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">healthcare.gov</a> have left some Utahns’ applications in limbo.</p> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 17:18:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 40670 at http://kuer.org After Delay, State Now Processing Medicaid Applications from Healthcare.gov Utahns on Primary Care Network Won't Lose Insurance Yet http://kuer.org/post/utahns-primary-care-network-wont-lose-insurance-yet <p></p><p>Utahns who receive health insurance through the state’s Primary Care Network will likely have more time before they are cut from the program. PCN was set to expire at the end of this year, but state health officials say they have verbal confirmation from the federal government that the program will be funded for another year.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 22:13:12 +0000 Andrea Smardon 39801 at http://kuer.org Utahns on Primary Care Network Won't Lose Insurance Yet Utah Obamacare Enrollment Up More Than 400% http://kuer.org/post/utah-obamacare-enrollment-more-400 <p></p><p>The number of Utahns who have signed up for health insurance through the federal exchange quadrupled last month.&nbsp; That’s according to federal <a href="http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketPlaceEnrollment/Dec2013/ib_2013dec_enrollment.pdf">enrollment data</a> released Wednesday morning.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:36:50 +0000 Andrea Smardon 39428 at http://kuer.org Utah Obamacare Enrollment Up More Than 400% Some Utahns Find Affordable Insurance on Healthcare.gov, Some Don’t http://kuer.org/post/some-utahns-find-affordable-insurance-healthcaregov-some-don-t <p></p><p>Now that <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">healthcare.gov</a> is working better, more Utahns are going online to sign up for insurance. KUER’s Andrea Smardon reports that it’s affordable for some, expensive for others, and not available at all for more than 100,000 Utah citizens.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:29:12 +0000 Andrea Smardon 39317 at http://kuer.org Some Utahns Find Affordable Insurance on Healthcare.gov, Some Don’t State Hospital Association Endorses "Utah Approach" to Medicaid Expansion http://kuer.org/post/state-hospital-association-endorses-utah-approach-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p>Some of Utah’s healthcare powerbrokers are honing in on a plan to expand Medicaid that they think the state legislature might approve. At a healthcare conference in downtown Salt Lake City Thursday, former lieutenant governor Greg Bell - now president and CEO of the Utah Hospital Association – laid out his vision.</p><p>Bell says the state’s decision on Medicaid expansion will really be decided by the Utah legislature. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:06:05 +0000 Andrea Smardon 39157 at http://kuer.org State Hospital Association Endorses "Utah Approach" to Medicaid Expansion Obama Administration Memos Reveal Utah Wanted Exchange Shut Down http://kuer.org/post/obama-administration-memos-reveal-utah-wanted-exchange-shut-down <p></p><p>Obama administration <a href="http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/LMI-Meeting-Notes-October-2013.pdf">memos</a> released this week reveal that Utah insurance officials requested to shut down the state’s shopping portion of the federal exchange last month. The request was made after Utah’s biggest issuer, SelectHealth, was not appearing on the website marketplace.</p><p>Utah’s Assistant Insurance Commissioner Tanji Northrup says it took a few days after the federal exchange was launched on October 1<sup>st</sup> to figure out there was a major problem.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 19:33:21 +0000 Andrea Smardon 37947 at http://kuer.org Obama Administration Memos Reveal Utah Wanted Exchange Shut Down Why Some Utahns are Having Trouble Signing up for Medicaid http://kuer.org/post/why-some-utahns-are-having-trouble-signing-medicaid <p></p><p>More than 4000 Utahns have been stalled in their efforts to get health insurance because federal and state computer systems are not yet able to communicate.&nbsp; Officials from the state Department of Workforce Services say Utah was ready when the exchange went online October 1<sup>st</sup>, but the federal system was not.</p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 22:56:41 +0000 Andrea Smardon 37796 at http://kuer.org Why Some Utahns are Having Trouble Signing up for Medicaid Utah’s New Health Insurance Rates Revealed http://kuer.org/post/utah-s-new-health-insurance-rates-revealed <p></p><p>The federal health insurance exchange opened for business Tuesday, and state regulators have revealed the <a href="https://insurance.utah.gov/health/Health%20Refrom/ACA_Rate_Individual_20130927_OnExchange.pdf">rates</a> that Utahns have to choose from. In Salt Lake and Davis Counties, there is one insurer who has lower price plans than the rest. But insurance experts say consumers should look at more than just monthly premiums when making their choice.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:16:35 +0000 Andrea Smardon 36192 at http://kuer.org Utah’s New Health Insurance Rates Revealed Utah Small Business Owners Brace for Healthcare Reform http://kuer.org/post/utah-small-business-owners-brace-healthcare-reform <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Small business owners convened at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake on Tuesday to learn about the Affordable Care Act and significant changes coming in health care. The Salt Lake Chamber along with insurance company SelectHealth released a survey revealing that the Affordable Care Act is perceived negatively by a majority of businesses, but that many of those businesses are also uninformed about the requirements of the law.</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 00:10:41 +0000 Andrea Smardon 35212 at http://kuer.org Utah Small Business Owners Brace for Healthcare Reform