medicaid_future

Healthcare
7:00 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 4: We Are All Affected

Physician Charles Pruitt with colleagues at the Utah State Capitol on the day of the Supreme Court decision, June 28, 2012.
Andrea Smardon

After the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, states are faced with a decision on whether to expand Medicaid eligibility.  Utah remains undecided.  In the last story in our series, The Future of Medicaid in Utah, we look at how the decision affects all of us as taxpayers and healthcare consumers. 

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1:00 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

RadioWest: The Future of Medicaid in Utah

Lead in text: 
Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that states can choose for themselves whether to expand Medicaid. In Utah, that would mean coverage for 50,000 uninsured people. Governor Gary Herbert has called federal health care reform "bad policy," but Utah is waiting until the 2013 legislative session to decide. Monday, KUER begins a series on the future of Medicaid in Utah and reporters Terry Gildea and Andrea Smardon join Doug to explore these questions: Can Utah afford to expand Medicaid? Can it afford not to?
Last month, the Supreme Court ruled that states can choose for themselves whether to expand Medicaid. In Utah, that would mean coverage for 50,000
Healthcare
12:33 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 3: Gaps in Services and Gaps in Coverage

Kyle and Chelsea Woodruff with their children EmmaLeigh and Grant Taylor.
Woodruff family

The expansion of Medicaid as outlined in the Affordable Care Act is designed to give more people access to healthcare services. Without the expansion, a portion of the Utah’s population living on the edge of poverty may remain uninsured. But some believe that Medicaid doesn’t do enough for those who are already enrolled. In part 3 of our series, The Future of Medicaid in Utah we examine the gap in services already provided and the coverage gap that will continue to exist if Medicaid is not expanded.

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Healthcare
9:53 am
Tue July 31, 2012

The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 2: The Spenddown

Bobbi Mathews with a photo of her daughter Katie
Dan Bammes

Utah lawmakers will decide in their next legislative session whether or not to expand Medicaid under the guidelines outlined in the Affordable Care Act.  Unlike Medicare, which is a federal program for the elderly, Medicaid is a partnership with states that provides a healthcare safety net for those in need.

But qualifying for Medicaid is not automatic.  The income and eligibility requirements are complex and the state employs dozens of people to help make those determinations.

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Healthcare
10:57 am
Mon July 30, 2012

The Future of Medicaid in Utah - Part 1: Understanding the Program

Clarissa Blackmer with her service dog Wesley at her home in American Fork.
Whittney Evans

Utah lawmakers are faced with a big decision: to expand or not to expand the Medicaid program. But what do we know about the program? What do people in Utah think they know about the program? And what is life like for those getting help from the program have been transformed by Medicaid?  In part one of our series The Future of Medicaid in Utah, we set out to answer these and other important questions.

“Older people, freebies, handout’s,” says Salt Lake City resident Jeff Steal.

But Steal might have a bit of a simplistic view of the program.

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