Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are positioning themselves to follow through with repealing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Medicaid is the health care program for low-income individuals that is funded by both the federal government and states. It’s one part of that health system that’s likely to look different if Republicans succeed. Nate Checketts is the Director of Medicaid in Utah, so he’ll play a big role in how possible changes play out here in this state. Checketts recently joined Erik Neumann in the KUER studios.
A new report published by Washington think tank the Urban Institute attempts to analyze how many children could lose health insurance with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In Utah, where big families are common, that number is especially large.
Republicans in Congress took the first steps last week to repeal the Affordable Care Act in two procedural votes, and that has Utahns with coverage under the health law worried about what could happen to their insurance.
The Fourth Street Clinic is, for homeless individuals, conveniently located in the Rio Grande neighborhood between The Road Home shelter and Rescue Mission. But with new shelters and low-income housing planned in other areas of the city, patients will be more spread out. That means the non-profit clinic will have to work harder to reach them.
There are lots of reasons you might be stressed out this time of year: the holidays, post-election angst, and for students, soon it will be finals. One Utah group is trying to relieve some of that stress. And to do it, they're using dogs.
Like some other parts of the country, health workers in Utah are trying to understand how to address epidemic levels of opioid addiction. On Wednesday at the Utah State Capitol, one Representative offered his solution for dealing with the problem.
On Sunday, Republican Senator and ER doctor, Brian Shiozawa published an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune. In it, he called for the state legislature to revisit an issue he’s been fighting for for years: an expansion of Medicaid to Utah’s uninsured residents.
November 1 marks the beginning of open enrollment for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that premiums for consumers around the country will increase. What does that mean for Utahns?