health insurance http://kuer.org en 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 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 Homeless Utahns, The Dentist Will See You Now http://kuer.org/post/homeless-utahns-dentist-will-see-you-now <p></p><p>Homeless Utahns will be able to get dental care at a clinic in downtown Salt Lake City thanks to a gift from a local business. &nbsp;Alsco, a linen and uniform rental company has agreed to provide 125,000 dollars a year for five years to fund a full-time dentist at the Fourth Street Clinic. KUER’s Andrea Smardon reports that there is a pent up demand for dental services among the homeless and low-income populations.</p><p>Looking at the brand new dental chairs at Fourth Street Clinic, Russell Flowers breaks into a smile, revealing some missing teeth.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:14:10 +0000 Andrea Smardon 39755 at http://kuer.org Homeless Utahns, The Dentist Will See You Now 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 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 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 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 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 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 Regence BlueCross BlueShield Drops Out of Utah Exchange http://kuer.org/post/regence-bluecross-blueshield-drops-out-utah-exchange <p></p><p>One of Utah’s largest health insurance companies, <a href="http://www.regence.com/UT/index.jsp">Regence BlueCross BlueShield</a>, will no longer be selling its plans on <a href="http://www.avenueh.com/">Avenue H</a>, the state’s exchange for small businesses.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:24:20 +0000 Andrea Smardon 33952 at http://kuer.org Regence BlueCross BlueShield Drops Out of Utah Exchange Utahns to Receive Health Insurance Rebates http://kuer.org/post/utahns-receive-health-insurance-rebates <p></p><p>U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Thursday that about 140,000 Utahns will be receiving a rebate this year from their health insurance company. Utah residents will benefit from more than 4.5 million dollars in rebates from insurance companies this summer, averaging 85 dollars per family.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:01:28 +0000 Andrea Smardon 31262 at http://kuer.org Utahns to Receive Health Insurance Rebates Federal Government will Manage Utah’s High-Risk Health Insurance Pool http://kuer.org/post/federal-government-will-manage-utah-s-high-risk-health-insurance-pool <p>Many Utahns with preexisting medical conditions will see their health insurance shifted from state to federal oversight in July. After federal funding ran short for the “high-risk” insurance pool, state officials have refused to take on any additional costs. And federal health officials have refused to allow Select Health, the insurer that administers the program for Utah, to take responsibility.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 22:54:56 +0000 Andrea Smardon 29643 at http://kuer.org Federal Government will Manage Utah’s High-Risk Health Insurance Pool Utah Lawmakers Consider Partnership to Encourage Long-Term Care Insurance http://kuer.org/post/utah-lawmakers-consider-partnership-encourage-long-term-care-insurance <p>Utah lawmakers are considering a bill that would encourage citizens to buy private long-term care insurance. More than 35 states already have this type of public-private partnership. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Utah insurance broker Craig Oberle told the state Health and Human Services committee that people don’t like to think about long term care, and how much it might cost.</p><p>“We all know the baby boom generation and what’s happening, it’s an absolute tsunami that’s coming,” Oberle said.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 22:24:19 +0000 Andrea Smardon 29347 at http://kuer.org Utah Lawmakers Consider Partnership to Encourage Long-Term Care Insurance Utah May “Walk Away” from State High-Risk Health Insurance Pool http://kuer.org/post/utah-may-walk-away-state-high-risk-health-insurance-pool <p>Utah is telling the federal government it’s not willing to take on more of the risk and the cost of insuring people with pre-existing health conditions. The US Department of Health and Human Services wants to cap federal spending on state-run high-risk pools because they are running out of funding. The Utah Governor’s office has until Friday to decide whether to absorb those costs in the state, or transition enrollees into a federal program – which they say will cost more out of pocket.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 21:59:12 +0000 Andrea Smardon 29049 at http://kuer.org Utah May “Walk Away” from State High-Risk Health Insurance Pool Medicaid Expansion Community Workgroup Holds First Meeting http://kuer.org/post/medicaid-expansion-community-workgroup-holds-first-meeting <p></p><p>A select group of healthcare providers, advocates, and community leaders met at the State Capitol Tuesday to discuss Medicaid, and the state’s pending decision on whether to expand the program to include more uninsured, low-income Utahns. Utah Department of Health Executive Director David Patton brought together about 20 people for the Medicaid workgroup.</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:44:48 +0000 Andrea Smardon 28259 at http://kuer.org Medicaid Expansion Community Workgroup Holds First Meeting