obamacare 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? 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 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 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 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 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