health reform http://kuer.org en Health Care Scorecard: Utah Among Worst for Access and Affordability http://kuer.org/post/health-care-scorecard-utah-among-worst-access-and-affordability <p></p><p>A new report shows Utah ranks among the worst states in the nation for access and affordability to health care.&nbsp;The Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, DC, released its <a href="http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/Fund-Reports/2014/Apr/2014-State-Scorecard.aspx">Scorecard on State Health System Performance</a> this week.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 23:08:35 +0000 Andrea Smardon 45719 at http://kuer.org Health Care Scorecard: Utah Among Worst for Access and Affordability Agriculture Secretary Encourages Rural Utahns to Consider Obamacare http://kuer.org/post/agriculture-secretary-encourages-rural-utahns-consider-obamacare <p></p><p>US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is encouraging rural Utahns to sign up for health insurance before the federal deadline on Monday. Secretary Vilsack says that Utahns who live in rural areas have a lot to gain from the federal Affordable Care Act.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:57:45 +0000 Andrea Smardon 43972 at http://kuer.org Agriculture Secretary Encourages Rural Utahns to Consider Obamacare The Coverage Gap: Transgender Utahn Can’t Get Health Insurance http://kuer.org/post/coverage-gap-transgender-utahn-can-t-get-health-insurance <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 find themselves 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 42081 at http://kuer.org The Coverage Gap: Transgender Utahn Can’t Get Health Insurance State Task Force Narrows Options for Medicaid in Utah http://kuer.org/post/state-task-force-narrows-options-medicaid-utah <p></p><p>A state legislative committee has decided not to consider a full Medicaid expansion as defined by the federal Affordable Care Act. Instead, the Health System Reform Task Force is considering three alternative options.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:03:44 +0000 Andrea Smardon 38567 at http://kuer.org State Task Force Narrows Options for Medicaid in Utah 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