MEDICAID - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/MEDICAID News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Idaho work group favors Medicaid expansion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58298616-79/medicaid-state-expansion-idaho.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58298616-79/medicaid-state-expansion-idaho.html.csp">Idaho work group favors Medicaid expansion</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KIMBERLEE KRUESI</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-14T18:04:02.985-06:00">Updated Aug 14, 2014 06:04PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Boise • An Idaho work group says the state should expand its Medicaid eligibility, but some committee members voiced concerns that their recommendation will be ignored by both the governor and legislators. The 15-member group voted 10-3 Thursday to submit their recommendation to Gov. Butch Otter. The governor had tasked the panel to evaluate the best health care coverage option for low-income adults. This is the second time this work group has supported expanding Medicaid to provide coverage to ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582986162014-08-14T18:04:02.985-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-14T18:04:02.985-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58298616@www.sltrib.com Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:04:02 MDT Milbank: Republican ideology is killing people http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236880-82/neal-medicaid-hospital-mayor.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58236880-82/neal-medicaid-hospital-mayor.html.csp">Milbank: Republican ideology is killing people</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Dana Milbank</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T14:21:46.39-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 02:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • On July 1, the hospital in rural Belhaven, N.C., closed — a victim, in part, of the decision by the state’s governor and legislature to reject the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. Six days later, 48-year-old Portia Gibbs, a local resident, had a heart attack. The medevac to take her to the next-nearest hospital (as many as 84 miles away, depending on where you live) didn’t get there in time. “She spent the last hour of her life in a parking lot at a high school waiting for a h...</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> 58236880@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:21:46 MDT Op-ed: Health centers can’t replace Medicaid expansion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215793-82/health-centers-patients-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58215793-82/health-centers-patients-utah.html.csp">Op-ed: Health centers can’t replace Medicaid expansion</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Alan Pruhs</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-25T17:02:02.133-06:00">Updated Jul 25, 2014 05:02PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">While our policy makers continue to debate Medicaid expansion, Utah’s 13 Health Center organizations struggle to meet the needs and demands of our existing uninsured patients. Some have suggested that Utah does not need Medicaid expansion based on the work of Health Centers. We do not agree. We know expansion is vitally important to the health and well-being of low-income families and to Utah’s economy. In order to understand our position, it may be helpful to understand our structure and the ...</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> 58215793@www.sltrib.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:02 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 Editorial: Uninsured list grows as Utah dithers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58198358-82/medicaid-utah-expansion-less.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58198358-82/medicaid-utah-expansion-less.html.csp">Editorial: Uninsured list grows as Utah dithers</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-18T17:33:43.481-06:00">Updated Jul 18, 2014 05:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">A life-and-death problem that faces many Utahns turns out to be even worse than we thought, which apparently means that some of our elected officials are even less willing to face it. Disgraceful. A new University of Utah study shows that the number of state residents who continue to wait for access to health care at a level that the residents of civilized nations take for granted — who wait because our politicians are allergic to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act — is greater than we knew....</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> 58198358@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:33:43 MDT Cost of health insurance expansion will rise for Utah as more people found without coverage http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58188046-78/health-medicaid-utah-percent.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58188046-78/health-medicaid-utah-percent.html.csp">Cost of health insurance expansion will rise for Utah as more people found without coverage</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kristen Moulton</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T22:12:29.494-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 10:12PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Melanie Soules had just begun a new job as chief executive and team leader for a Salt Lake City real estate company when her occasional odd symptoms — hot, burning patches on her forehead — became worse. Within weeks, it felt like hot oil was flowing inside her skin, like a knife was inside her face. She began forgetting names and meetings, vision in her left eye suffered and it was difficult for her to swallow. Soules, a single mother of two, tried to hide her failing health, but lost her job ...</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> 58188046@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:12:29 MDT Letter: Shurtleff, Swallow and ‘the Utah way’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58190046-82/utah-medicaid-shurtleff-swallow.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58190046-82/utah-medicaid-shurtleff-swallow.html.csp">Letter: Shurtleff, Swallow and ‘the Utah way’</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-17T11:27:32.368-06:00">Updated Jul 17, 2014 11:27AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Take a state, like Utah, controlled by an ultra-conservative religion like the LDS Church. Add a political caucus/convention system controlled by a very few thousand ultra-conservative LDS Church members who nominate the Republican candidates for public office, who then win the elections because they vote and most other Utahns don’t because they have given up. And you have, voila, Shurtleff and Swallow. Another victory for Gayle Ruzicka, who knows the system and works it well. What to do about...</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> 58190046@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:27:32 MDT Letter: Not ‘Utah way’ to let people die http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58174113-82/utah-care-medicaid-money.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58174113-82/utah-care-medicaid-money.html.csp">Letter: Not ‘Utah way’ to let people die</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-11T17:20:02.344-06:00">Updated Jul 11, 2014 05:20PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Speaking — a friend tells me — should be true, necessary and kind. Allen Christensen’s opinion (“Medicaid money is not the Utah way,” July 6) does not meet these criteria. First, the truth. He thinks Medicaid expansion is a bribe — which means accepting corrupt money. The ACA is the law, and we pay for it with our taxes, whether or not the poor benefit. Also, he implies that, without expansion, health centers and clinics will care for 61,900 individuals for free or sliding-scale fees. Untrue. Th...</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> 58174113@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:20:02 MDT Letter: Medicaid choice shows Utah life not elevated http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58158111-82/utah-state-elevated-medicaid.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58158111-82/utah-state-elevated-medicaid.html.csp">Letter: Medicaid choice shows Utah life not elevated</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-09T17:11:01.988-06:00">Updated Jul 9, 2014 05:11PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I find Utah state government quite ironic, starting with the state Legislature. We all know there are 111,000 people who need insurance help. We also know the federal government has offered $500 million to the cause and that Utah has so far refused to take it. It was, however, very refreshing to see John C. Wester of the Catholic Diocese ask “why in a state that proudly proclaims its pro-life beliefs, political leaders are frittering away the chance to expand Medicaid.” He continued by saying it...</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> 58158111@www.sltrib.com Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:11:01 MDT Letter: Is ‘Utah way’ the death panel way? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58154707-82/utah-care-federal-medicaid.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58154707-82/utah-care-federal-medicaid.html.csp">Letter: Is ‘Utah way’ the death panel way?</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-07T17:13:34.018-06:00">Updated Jul 7, 2014 05:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Having just read through Sen. Allen Christensen’s diatribe against federal spending and accepting federal money for Medicaid expansion (“Taking federal Medicaid money is not ‘the Utah way,’” July 6), I find it strange that he claims the “Utah way” is working with free or sliding-scale fee-based health care clinics when he clearly admits that tens of thousands of people are left without medical care. He says that by expanding Medicaid, those who are currently receiving government-assisted health ...</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> 58154707@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:13:34 MDT Op-ed: Taking federal Medicaid money is not ‘the Utah way’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58147021-82/utah-federal-healthy-medicaid.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58147021-82/utah-federal-healthy-medicaid.html.csp">Op-ed: Taking federal Medicaid money is not ‘the Utah way’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Allen Christensen</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-03T17:48:14.153-06:00">Updated Jul 3, 2014 05:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah has arrived at a major point of decision regarding the expansion of Medicaid that I see as basically accepting a federal bribe only to be snared in a trap. In the discussion, some misleading information is being thrown around by otherwise well intentioned folks. One example was published in the Tribune (“Healthy Utah plan good for Utahns and Utah business,” June 27). In the piece, Mark Miller said 111,000 Utahns are without insurance, and thus we need to expand Medicaid eligibility to 138...</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> 58147021@www.sltrib.com Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:48:14 MDT Op-ed: Healthy Utah plan good for Utahns and Utah business http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58119893-82/utah-health-care-federal.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58119893-82/utah-health-care-federal.html.csp">Op-ed: Healthy Utah plan good for Utahns and Utah business</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Mark Miller</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-27T17:00:25.67-06:00">Updated Jun 27, 2014 05:00PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I’ve spent most of my life working to build our group of auto dealerships. Much of the business success I’ve found over the years comes in part to a team of terrific employees —one of the many reasons why I’ve made sure to offer a competitive compensation package that includes a solid health insurance plan for the people who I depend on to help my organization thrive. But as the debate over both Obamacare and how to expand health coverage in Utah continues, there are many stories that demonstra...</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> 58119893@www.sltrib.com Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:00:25 MDT Wilson: California the best ACA state http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58123365-82/california-states-medicaid-enrollment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58123365-82/california-states-medicaid-enrollment.html.csp">Wilson: California the best ACA state</a></h4>