COVERAGE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/COVERAGE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Letter: Right-wing ideas have gone nowhere http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224307-82/coverage-economy-ideas-gay.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58224307-82/coverage-economy-ideas-gay.html.csp">Letter: Right-wing ideas have gone nowhere</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-25T16:00:03.107-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 04:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The right-wing ideas have now been proven to be bankrupt: 1. They said Obamacare was to be the ruin of our country. Well, it is working and providing coverage for millions of Americans who never have had coverage and has made it so insurance companies can no longer refuse coverage if you or a family member has a pre-existing condition. 2. They said gay marriage was the demise of our country. Nineteen states now have gay marriage, and everything seems to be working fine there. 3. They said climat...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58224307@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:00:03 MDT Letter: Just expanding Medicaid is most bang for buck http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215683-82/utah-medicaid-health-expansion.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215683-82/utah-medicaid-health-expansion.html.csp">Letter: Just expanding Medicaid is most bang for buck</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-23T17:13:02.151-06:00">Updated Jul 23, 2014 05:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">On Thursday you reported (“Cost of health insurance expansion will rise for Utah as more people found without coverage,” July 17) how local residents and health professionals are advocating for the expansion of Medicaid and Gov. Herbert’s “Healthy Utah Plan,” as thousands’ income levels are deemed ineligible for health care aid. When analyzing Healthy Utah, there are no clear differences between the new plan and proposed Medicaid expansion. In both cases, the level of poverty would be adjusted ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58215683@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:02 MDT What Utahns need to know about today’s Obamacare rulings http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58211182-90/subsidies-federal-state-health.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/58211182-90/subsidies-federal-state-health.html.csp">What Utahns need to know about today’s Obamacare rulings</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Matt Canham</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-22T22:02:00.14-06:00">Updated Jul 22, 2014 10:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The latest legal fight over the Affordable Care Act takes aim at federal subsidies given to residents of Utah and 35 other states that didn’t set up their own health care marketplaces. A panel of D.C. Circuit judges ruled Tuesday the law allows federal subsidies to flow only through state-created marketplaces and not to people who bought coverage through Healthcare.gov. But on the same day, a 4th Circuit ruling in a separate, but similar, case allows the federal government to give subsidies to...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58211182@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:02:00 MDT WellPoint CEO: Insurer readies for technology wave http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58169559-79/wellpoint-care-swedish-health.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58169559-79/wellpoint-care-swedish-health.html.csp">WellPoint CEO: Insurer readies for technology wave</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TOM MURPHY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-10T08:58:01.592-06:00">Updated Jul 10, 2014 08:58AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • When people ask what a doctor’s appointment will be like in the future, WellPoint CEO Joseph Swedish says they assume patients will physically have to visit an office. They’re wrong, the insurance executive told The Associated Press during an interview at its New York headquarters. “I would argue that will no longer be necessary in the not too distant future,” Swedish said after pulling out a smartphone to show how it can be used to help remotely diagnose problems like ear infections....</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581695592014-07-10T08:58:01.592-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-10T08:58:01.592-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58169559@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:58:01 MDT Free birth control becoming standard for women http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58149905-68/birth-control-coverage-health.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58149905-68/birth-control-coverage-health.html.csp">Free birth control becoming standard for women</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RICARDO</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">ALONSO-ZALDIVAR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-04T15:28:21.145-06:00">Updated Jul 4, 2014 03:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • More than half of privately insured women are getting free birth control under President Barack Obama’s health law, a major coverage shift that’s likely to advance. This week the Supreme Court allowed some employers with religious scruples to opt out, but most companies appear to be going in the opposite direction. Recent data from the IMS Institute document a sharp change during 2013. The share of privately insured women who got their birth control pills without a copayment jumped...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581499052014-07-04T15:28:21.145-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-04T15:28:21.145-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58149905@www.sltrib.com Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:28:21 MDT Express Scripts cuts payments for customized drugs http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58145946-79/express-scripts-drugs-compounded.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58145946-79/express-scripts-drugs-compounded.html.csp">Express Scripts cuts payments for customized drugs</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MATTHEW PERRONE</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T09:27:41.806-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 09:27AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, is dramatically scaling back its coverage of compounded medications, saying most of the custom-mixed medicines are ineffective or overpriced. The company, which manages prescriptions for 90 million Americans, plans to drop coverage for 1,000 drug ingredients commonly found in compounded medications. Express Scripts executives say the move is a cost-saver for employers that will reduce their spending on compounded prescr...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581459462014-07-03T09:27:41.806-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-03T09:27:41.806-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58145946@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:27:41 MDT Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58134868-68/health-women-religious-companies.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58134868-68/health-women-religious-companies.html.csp">Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARK SHERMAN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T20:45:24.283-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 08:45PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law. The justices’ 5-4 decision, splitting conservatives and liberals, means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under the healt...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581348682014-06-30T20:45:24.283-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-30T20:45:24.283-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58134868@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:45:24 MDT Fluke: The Hobby Lobby case is an attack on women http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58136542-82/corporations-birth-care-control.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58136542-82/corporations-birth-care-control.html.csp">Fluke: The Hobby Lobby case is an attack on women</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sandra Fluke</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> Special to The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-01T14:57:33.233-06:00">Updated Jul 1, 2014 02:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled in the nationally followed Hobby Lobby case. The for-profit corporations that brought these cases to the Supreme Court — a craft store and a cabinet manufacturer — argued that the corporations’ religious convictions should excuse them from compensating their employees through the comprehensive health insurance required by law. Specifically, these private employers sought to exclude insurance coverage of several forms of birth control because, contrary to medica...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58136542@www.sltrib.com Tue, 01 Jul 2014 14:57:33 MDT Editorial: Hobby Lobby ruling shows why employer-based health care should end http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58133014-82/health-religious-coverage-employer.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58133014-82/health-religious-coverage-employer.html.csp">Editorial: Hobby Lobby ruling shows why employer-based health care should end</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-30T15:28:24.814-06:00">Updated Jun 30, 2014 03:28PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">“The ability of women to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation has been facilitated by their ability to control their reproductive lives.” — The Supreme Court of the United States, Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, 1992. Anything that stands in the way of the universal availability of medically sound methods of contraception stands in the way of the rights of women and, therefore, the rights of humanity. And if, as the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in the Hobby Lobb...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58133014@www.sltrib.com Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:28:24 MDT Sodexo cafeteria workers regain health coverage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58119023-79/health-coverage-sodexo-employees.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58119023-79/health-coverage-sodexo-employees.html.csp">Sodexo cafeteria workers regain health coverage</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-26T12:24:01.868-06:00">Updated Jun 26, 2014 12:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A giant food service company unexpectedly backtracked Thursday after bumping thousands of college cafeteria workers from its health plan and casting blame on President Barack Obama’s overhaul. Sodexo’s experience could serve as a cautionary tale for other employers trying to pin benefit reductions on “Obamacare.” The company’s original cutbacks earlier this year fueled a union organizing drive and campus protests. Julie Peterson, Sodexo’s vice president for benefits, said the compan...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581190232014-06-26T12:24:01.868-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-26T12:24:01.868-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58119023@www.sltrib.com Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:24:01 MDT Letter: Democrats have compassion for average citizen http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58103195-82/average-care-citizens-democrats.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58103195-82/average-care-citizens-democrats.html.csp">Letter: Democrats have compassion for average citizen</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-23T17:20:31.704-06:00">Updated Jun 23, 2014 05:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Why do voters keep voting for Republicans? It should be apparent by now that Republican leaders don’t support average working Americans. This is true at the state and national level. Locally, they won’t even consider expanding Medicaid until next year for our poorest citizens. We are not “A Pretty, Great State” until everyone has access to affordable quality health care. We should cancel the legislators’ health care coverage (for all who have voted against expansion) until they provide health ca...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58103195@www.sltrib.com Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:20:31 MDT New York Times: Progress on health care http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58092294-82/percent-plans-exchanges-health.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58092294-82/percent-plans-exchanges-health.html.csp">New York Times: Progress on health care</a></h4>