Affordable Care Act

Politics
9:20 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Utah Priorities Project: Health Care

The Affordable Care Act promises to extend the reach of health care coverage to many people who don’t have it now.  Critics say it will do that at a huge cost in both money and individual liberty.  But the mandate in the law for nearly everyone to buy health insurance has been upheld by the U-S Supreme Court and that requirement will take effect in 2014.  The question facing Utah and the rest of country is how to implement the provisions that are maintained by the states.

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Healthcare
2:46 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

A Health Exchange by Any Other Name...

Utah’s Health Exchange has a new name, along with a new website.  State leaders say they want to distance themselves from the Affordable Care Act.  Starting Thursday, the program which connects small businesses with health insurance carriers will be called Avenue H. 

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Healthcare
4:21 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Congressman Bishop Pushes for State Control of Medicaid Funds

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop
KUER News

Utah Congressman Rob Bishop is pushing for legislation that would reform the current Medicaid program.  The State Health Flexibility Act would introduce a federal block grant program designed to be administered by the states. 

The recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act determined that states can maintain current levels of Medicaid funding, even if they do not expand the population that is eligible for coverage.  Congressman Rob Bishop sees an opportunity.

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Healthcare
4:34 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Utah's Congressional Delegation Votes to Repeal Affordable Care Act

Utah’s Congressional delegation all voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act in the U.S. House Wednesday including Democrat Jim Matheson.

Republicans Jason Chaffetz and Rob Bishop voted along party lines, but Matheson was one of only five Democrats who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Matheson says he has consistently opposed the bill.

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Healthcare
5:05 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Utah Lawmakers Undecided on Medicaid Expansion

Since the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, governors in four states have declared they will not expand Medicaid. Utah is currently undecided. State lawmakers met Tuesday to review the Supreme Court’s decision - and Utah’s options.

Republican Representative James Dunnigan of Taylorsville is chair of the state’s Health System Reform Task Force. He says the expansion of Medicaid is a big policy decision for Utah, and lawmakers are still gathering information. 

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Healthcare
7:23 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Utah's Leaders Face Tough Decision on Medicaid Expansion

The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act leaves Utah to decide for itself whether it wants to expand Medicaid. The court determined that the federal government cannot withhold states' Medicaid allotment if they don't increase their coverage levels. But the federal government can provide extra funds to those states who do choose to expand Medicaid.

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Healthcare
4:01 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Utah Healthcare Organizations Applaud Supreme Court Ruling

Healthcare professionals gather at the state capitol to talk about the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
Andrea Smardon

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act collected at the Capitol today to talk about what the Supreme Court ruling means for Utah. Judi Hillman, Executive Director for the Utah Health Policy Project, says that changes included in the ACA can now move forward in Utah – including insurance for those with pre-existing conditions.

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Politics
3:14 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Republican Leaders Critical of Health Care Ruling

Utah Governor Gary Herbert
Utah Education Network

Republican leaders in Utah were uniformly critical of Thursday's ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, saying it threatens the nation's economic recovery and could sharpen the partisan divide.  

In his monthly news conference on KUED, Utah Governor Gary Herbert said, "This has divided the country terribly and taken our eye off the ball on economic recovery.  I do believe, if you want to repeal Obamacare, you need to repeal Obama."

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Healthcare
3:50 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

Role of Health Care Compact May Depend on Supreme Court Decision

Utah State Senator Stuart Adams

Utah lawmakers signed a compact this year that allows the state to opt out of federal health care reform and find its own solution to health care funding problems.  But Utah’s participation in the interstate compact may hinge on the US Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the Affordable Care Act. 

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Healthcare
6:05 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Utahns Asked for Input on Essential Health Benefits

Utahns on individual or small business health plans have a chance to weigh in on the conditions and services they think should be covered by insurance.  The Utah Health System Reform Task Force will be taking public comment Tuesday afternoon on its Essential Health Benefit Package.  The federal Affordable Care Act requires that Utah choose among 10 different packages that will determine the bas

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Healthcare
1:57 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Senator Orrin Hatch Vows to Repeal Affordable Care Act

US Senator Orrin Hatch and state Senator Pat Jones share a word after a meeting of the Salt Lake Chamber Health System Reform Task Force
Andrea Smardon

States are awaiting a decision from the US Supreme Court on provisions of the Affordable Care Act,which will require all Americans to purchase health insurance or face a fine.  But Utah’s Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is vowing to repeal the law, regardless of the court’s decision.   Hatch and Wyoming Senator John Barrasso spoke at a meeting of the Salt Lake Chamber’s Health Reform Task Force Wednesday morning. 

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