Medicaid expansion http://kuer.org en Governor Meets with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius http://kuer.org/post/governor-meets-hhs-secretary-kathleen-sebelius <p>Governor Gary Herbert is in Washington D.C. Monday meeting with outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about his plan to help low income Utahns get health insurance.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:27:52 +0000 Brian Grimmett 44841 at http://kuer.org Governor Meets with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Senate Passes Partial Medicaid Expansion http://kuer.org/post/senate-passes-partial-medicaid-expansion <p>The Utah Senate has approved a plan to partially expand Utah’s Medicaid program, but not before amending it to make it more compatible with Governor Gary Herbert’s expansion proposal.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:22:38 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43178 at http://kuer.org Senate Passes Partial Medicaid Expansion House Speaker Criticizes Governor’s Health Plan, calls it Obamacare Expansion http://kuer.org/post/house-speaker-criticizes-governor-s-health-plan-calls-it-obamacare-expansion <p></p><p>When Governor Gary Herbert laid out his Healthy Utah plan Thursday he said he was confident that it would get support from the state legislature as well as the federal government.&nbsp; But the governor’s proposal to accept federal money to help low-income Utahns buy health insurance may meet some resistance from Republicans in the state House…. especially the House speaker.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 23:00:57 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42790 at http://kuer.org House Speaker Criticizes Governor’s Health Plan, calls it Obamacare Expansion Legislature Will Have a Modest Budget Surplus http://kuer.org/post/legislature-will-have-modest-budget-surplus <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Final revenue projections for the legislative session show the state will have a little more money in the coming year.&nbsp; For some legislators, though, the numbers were a disappointment.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:25:45 +0000 Dan Bammes 42784 at http://kuer.org Legislature Will Have a Modest Budget Surplus Governor Herbert's Health Plan: Take Federal Money, Don’t Expand Medicaid http://kuer.org/post/governor-herberts-health-plan-take-federal-money-don-t-expand-medicaid <p>Governor Gary Herbert announced his long-awaited plan Thursday concerning Medicaid and health coverage for the poorest Utahns. He’s calling it Healthy Utah.</p><p>The Supreme Court decided in 2012 to let states choose whether to expand Medicaid as it was intended under the Affordable Care Act. Now, more than a year and a half later, after reviewing proposals from the state house, the senate, and panels of stakeholders, Governor Herbert finally revealed <em>his </em>plan.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:02:41 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42749 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert's Health Plan: Take Federal Money, Don’t Expand Medicaid Senate Republicans Consider Partial Medicaid Expansion http://kuer.org/post/senate-republicans-consider-partial-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p>A Republican state senator has put forth a proposal for a partial expansion of Medicaid in Utah. Senate majority leaders say they are meeting Wednesday night to decide whether they will get behind this proposal, a different House plan that rejects Medicaid dollars, or another solution all together.&nbsp;</p><p>Republican Senator Brian Shiozawa is an Emergency Room doctor. So he’s all too familiar with the coverage gap - those 54,000 Utahns who live in poverty and can’t get health insurance.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:29:07 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42700 at http://kuer.org Senate Republicans Consider Partial Medicaid Expansion No Money in State Budget to Fund GOP Alternative to Medicaid Expansion http://kuer.org/post/no-money-state-budget-fund-gop-alternative-medicaid-expansion <p></p><p>A Republican proposal to provide health coverage for those under the poverty line has advanced to the House floor for consideration, but lawmakers in charge of the budget say there is no money for it at this point, and time is running out to accept any new requests.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 23:53:25 +0000 Andrea Smardon & Brian Grimmett 42647 at http://kuer.org No Money in State Budget to Fund GOP Alternative to Medicaid Expansion Salt Lake City Man in Recovery from Heroin Addiction Falls in Coverage Gap http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-man-recovery-heroin-addiction-falls-coverage-gap <p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:54:03 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42381 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City Man in Recovery from Heroin Addiction Falls in Coverage Gap House Republicans Work to Close “Coverage Gap” Without Expanding Medicaid http://kuer.org/post/house-republicans-work-close-coverage-gap-without-expanding-medicaid <p></p><p>Republican state lawmakers have come up with a proposal to provide health insurance for those who fall below the poverty line, but it does not expand Medicaid in the state. Democrats say rejecting those federal dollars is irresponsible.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 06:36:09 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42380 at http://kuer.org House Republicans Work to Close “Coverage Gap” Without Expanding Medicaid 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 Utah Gets Visit from Federal Healthcare Officials http://kuer.org/post/utah-gets-visit-federal-healthcare-officials <p></p><p>Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are in Utah this week on a two-day trip to talk with state lawmakers and advocates. The visit was ostensibly a chance for Utahns to meet the new regional director, but healthcare advocates say they also got a pep talk to sign more people up for insurance, and to continue pushing for a Medicaid expansion in the state.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 00:50:32 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41759 at http://kuer.org Utah Gets Visit from Federal Healthcare Officials House Republicans Working on “Utah Solution” for Poor, Uninsured http://kuer.org/post/house-republicans-working-utah-solution-poor-uninsured <p></p><p>Governor Gary Herbert said this week that the state has a moral obligation to provide some type of health coverage for those living in poverty. House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart says she doesn’t want to accept any federal dollars to do that. Now Republican House lawmakers are working to find a solution that will solve the so-called Medicaid gap, but will also be politically acceptable to those in their own party.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:22:30 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41546 at http://kuer.org House Republicans Working on “Utah Solution” for Poor, Uninsured Utah House Speaker Challenges Governor Herbert http://kuer.org/post/utah-house-speaker-challenges-governor-herbert <p></p><p>The Utah House of Representatives opened this year’s legislative session with some bold remarks from Republican Speaker Rebecca Lockhart, challenging Governor Gary Herbert.</p><p>Just like speeches from years’ past, Speaker Lockhart railed against the over-reach of the federal government, and insisted that Utah resist. But this time, she targeted Governor Herbert who has recently said that he favors some limited expansion of Medicaid in the state.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:01:39 +0000 Andrea Smardon 41346 at http://kuer.org Utah House Speaker Challenges Governor Herbert Herbert Says Doing Nothing on Medicaid Expansion is Not an Option http://kuer.org/post/herbert-says-doing-nothing-medicaid-expansion-not-option <p>Governor Gary Herbert says he’s decided what the state will do about expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But he’s not ready yet to announce just what that is.</p><p>Herbert told reporters at his monthly news conference on KUED this morning that he’ll announce his decision during the legislative session, which starts next week. But he wouldn’t go into detail about just how the state plans to work with the federal government on Medicaid.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:58:03 +0000 Dan Bammes 41164 at http://kuer.org Herbert Says Doing Nothing on Medicaid Expansion is Not an Option Non-Profits Join Forces to Advocate for Medicaid Expansion http://kuer.org/post/non-profits-join-forces-advocate-medicaid-expansion <p>A group of non-profit and advocacy organizations launched a new coalition today that is asking the governor to expand Medicaid benefits.</p><p>The new Coalition for a Compassionate Utah is made up of 11 non-profit and advocacy groups including Voices for Utah Children, the League of Women Voters, Equality Utah and the Alliance for a Better Utah. The Alliance’s Maryann Martindale says she believes the coalition brings a whole new set of voices to the governor’s attention that don’t typically get involved in health care advocacy.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:00:44 +0000 Brian Grimmett 37620 at http://kuer.org Non-Profits Join Forces to Advocate for Medicaid Expansion Is Charity Care an Alternative to Expanding Medicaid in Utah? http://kuer.org/post/charity-care-alternative-expanding-medicaid-utah <p></p><p>As governor Gary Herbert weighs a decision on whether to extend Medicaid coverage to more low-income Utahns, a group of healthcare leaders appointed by the state has spent the summer exploring the options. Their findings will be presented to the governor at his <a href="http://www.utahsummit.com/">health summit </a>next week. Among those options, is to expand charity care in the state. KUER looks at what forms of charity care already exist in Utah, and whether this model could be a realistic alternative to expanding Medicaid.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 03:35:22 +0000 Andrea Smardon 35443 at http://kuer.org Is Charity Care an Alternative to Expanding Medicaid in Utah?