MEDICAID - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/MEDICAID News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Editorial: Herbert should give up on work requirement for Healthy Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352039-82/herbert-utah-health-medicaid.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58352039-82/herbert-utah-health-medicaid.html.csp">Editorial: Herbert should give up on work requirement for Healthy Utah</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-02T12:55:48.135-06:00">Updated Sep 2, 2014 12:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The good news is that low-income households in a state with a Republican governor and a Republican legislature will now have the opportunity to get health care coverage under an expanded Medicaid program because state officials have dropped their insistence on a work requirement for all those who benefit. The bad news is that state was not Utah. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday struck the deal with the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services that will allow the Keystone State to exp...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 58352039@www.sltrib.com Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:55:48 MDT Feds are investigating Idaho’s Medicaid contractor http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58352821-79/health-optum-idaho-behavioral.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58352821-79/health-optum-idaho-behavioral.html.csp">Feds are investigating Idaho’s Medicaid contractor</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-29T18:13:02.808-06:00">Updated Aug 29, 2014 06:13PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Boise • Federal officials are investigating a contractor Idaho selected to oversee its Medicaid behavioral health program for possibly violating patient-privacy laws. In a collaborative report from the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio, health care providers say Optum Idaho sent them patient information that should have gone to other providers. “We have received multiple authorizations for clients that are not ours, [were never ours],” a provider, whose identity was redacted by the Id...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583528212014-08-29T18:13:02.808-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-29T18:13:02.808-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58352821@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:13:02 MDT Utah’s alternative to Medicaid expansion still stalled http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58347872-78/utah-health-healthy-herbert.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58347872-78/utah-health-healthy-herbert.html.csp">Utah’s alternative to Medicaid expansion still stalled</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By kristen moulton </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and Robert Gehrke</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-28T20:49:02.758-06:00">Updated Aug 28, 2014 08:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">There’s a persistent snag preventing federal health officials from agreeing, in concept, to Gov. Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan: the work requirement. Herbert said Thursday during his monthly KUED news conference that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that he and the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services will resolve their differences over that final stumbling block when he’s in Washington next month. “If we can get it done by the end of September then we’ll be able to seal the deal,”...</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> 58347872@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:49:02 MDT Pennsylvania becomes 27th state to expand Medicaid http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58348717-68/medicaid-federal-coverage-pennsylvania.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58348717-68/medicaid-federal-coverage-pennsylvania.html.csp">Pennsylvania becomes 27th state to expand Medicaid</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARC LEVY</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and HOPE YEN</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-28T16:55:49.239-06:00">Updated Aug 28, 2014 04:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Harrisburg, Pa. • A half-million more low-income Pennsylvanians are in line to get federally funded health insurance after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday approved the state’s plan to accept Medicaid expansion money under the landmark 2010 federal health care law. Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration and the federal agency agreed to a plan that lets private insurers administer Medicaid-funded coverage that adheres to Medicaid’s existing rules. The plan vastl...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583487172014-08-28T16:55:49.239-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-28T16:55:49.239-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58348717@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:55:49 MDT 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