Affordable Care Act http://kuer.org en Salt Lake City LDS Ward Helps Congregants Sign Up for Health Insurance http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-lds-ward-helps-congregants-sign-health-insurance <p>Many faith leaders in Utah have been vocal about encouraging lawmakers to <a href="http://kuer.org/post/utahns-rally-more-medicaid-coverage">expand Medicaid in the state</a>. But the dominant faith – the <a href="http://www.lds.org" target="_blank">Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints </a>– has been silent when it comes to the <a href="http://www.hhs.gov/healthcare/" target="_blank">Affordable Care Act</a>. In the meantime, one LDS ward in downtown Salt Lake City is quietly working to help congregants get access to health insurance.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:46:55 +0000 Andrea Smardon 44138 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City LDS Ward Helps Congregants Sign Up for Health Insurance Herbert: Delay Hasn't Hurt Medicaid Alternative http://kuer.org/post/herbert-delay-hasnt-hurt-medicaid-alternative <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Governor Gary Herbert says he doesn’t think Utah’s long delay in coming up with an alternative to expanding Medicaid has hurt the prospect of a successful program.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:22:53 +0000 Dan Bammes 44011 at http://kuer.org Herbert: Delay Hasn't Hurt Medicaid Alternative 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 Session Ends with No Medicaid Decision, Talks Continue http://kuer.org/post/session-ends-no-medicaid-decision-talks-continue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Another Utah legislative session has ended without a decision on Medicaid, but Governor Gary Herbert and healthcare advocates are declaring a victory of sorts.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:29:36 +0000 Andrea Smardon 43368 at http://kuer.org Session Ends with No Medicaid Decision, Talks Continue 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 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 Congressman Chris Stewart Tells Legislature to Expect More Congressional Push Back Against Obamacare http://kuer.org/post/congressman-chris-stewart-tells-legislature-expect-more-congressional-push-back-against <p>Republican <a href="http://stewart.house.gov/" target="_blank">Congressman Chris Stewart</a> gave a report on his efforts in Washington D.C. to members of the House and Senate today.</p><p>He told members of the Senate that he believes in the true idea of federalism, and advocated for a shift in power from his job in Washington to the Utah Legislature.</p><p>“I believe that we have enormous challenges and problems ahead of us, but most of those are best addressed at the state,” he said.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:13:11 +0000 Brian Grimmett 42317 at http://kuer.org Congressman Chris Stewart Tells Legislature to Expect More Congressional Push Back Against 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 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 Hatch to Senate: Immigration Reform Must Happen, Affordable Care Act Needs to be Replaced http://kuer.org/post/hatch-senate-immigration-reform-must-happen-affordable-care-act-needs-be-replaced <p></p><p>Republican U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch touched on health care, immigration this morning when he addressed the Utah House and Senate Floors at the State Capitol.</p><p>Earlier this week, Hatch announced he is co-sponsoring a new Republican-led healthcare bill that he hopes will replace the Affordable Care Act. He says the&nbsp;Patient Choice Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment — or CARE — Act will cost less and have fewer mandates than the current health law.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:04:32 +0000 Whittney Evans 41536 at http://kuer.org Hatch to Senate: Immigration Reform Must Happen, Affordable Care Act Needs to be Replaced 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 Club Jam to Host Healthcare Happy Hour http://kuer.org/post/club-jam-host-healthcare-happy-hour <p></p><p>Community groups around the state have been holding events to educate people about the Affordable Care Act, but <a href="http://www.utahpridecenter.org">Utah Pride</a> is trying something different Wednesday to reach their target demographic - healthcare happy hour.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 22:48:20 +0000 Andrea Smardon 39050 at http://kuer.org Club Jam to Host Healthcare Happy Hour 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 Governor Herbert Looks Toward Middle Ground for Medicaid Expansion http://kuer.org/post/governor-herbert-looks-toward-middle-ground-medicaid-expansion <p>Governor Gary Herbert has still not made a decision about expanding Medicaid benefits, but at his monthly KUED news conference today he did shed some light on the decision making process.</p><p>For the past several months Governor Herbert has insisted that all options are still on the table when it comes to the expansion of Medicaid benefits, but his most recent comments suggest that he’s looking at finding some sort of middle ground.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:01:14 +0000 Brian Grimmett 38210 at http://kuer.org Governor Herbert Looks Toward Middle Ground for 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 Outreach Begins for Health Insurance Enrollment Under Affordable Care Act http://kuer.org/post/outreach-begins-health-insurance-enrollment-under-affordable-care-act <p></p><p></p><p>In spite of a government shutdown, today begins the six month-long enrollment period in which consumers can start signing up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. This morning at the Sorenson Unity Center the Salt Lake City mayor&rsquo;s office and Voices for Utah Children hosted a health care open house to help people navigate the various plans and sign up for coverage.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:54:37 +0000 Whittney Evans 36191 at http://kuer.org Outreach Begins for Health Insurance Enrollment Under Affordable Care Act Arches Health Plan Offers Non-Profit Alternative for Utahns http://kuer.org/post/arches-health-plan-offers-non-profit-alternative-utahns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Open enrollment for the new health exchange marketplace starts October </span>1<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and Utahns will have a variety of options for health insurance. Among the choices is a new insurance provider called Arches Health Plan.&nbsp; Arches is a non-profit cooperative governed by its members.&nbsp; Joining KUER in studio is the CEO Linn Baker, who has a long history with healthcare in Utah.&nbsp; He was founder and executive of the state&rsquo;s Public Employee&#39;s Health Program for more than three decades.</span></p> Sun, 29 Sep 2013 16:41:00 +0000 Andrea Smardon 36023 at http://kuer.org Arches Health Plan Offers Non-Profit Alternative for Utahns 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? 99 Plans Offered on Federal Health Insurance Marketplace in Utah http://kuer.org/post/99-plans-offered-federal-health-insurance-marketplace-utah <p></p><p>Some information was released Thursday about how the Affordable Care Act will impact Utah consumers. Utahns shopping for health insurance on the new federal online marketplace will have 99 plan choices. The state insurance department provided an estimate for what these options will cost Utah consumers. They also compared prices to the state’s exchange for small businesses known as Avenue H. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 23:40:43 +0000 Andrea Smardon 34339 at http://kuer.org 99 Plans Offered on Federal Health Insurance Marketplace in Utah Herbert to Decide on Medicaid Expansion in 2014 http://kuer.org/post/herbert-decide-medicaid-expansion-2014 <p></p><p>Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he’ll likely make a decision on whether to expand Medicaid in the state by early next year. Utah is among a handful of states facing the decision as the Affordable Health Act rolls out this fall.&nbsp; But the Governor told reporters at his monthly KUED news conference, he’s not in a hurry.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:15:02 +0000 Whittney Evans 34336 at http://kuer.org Herbert to Decide on Medicaid Expansion in 2014