Utah is the 7th healthiest state to live in according to the 2012 America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Utah, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Utah Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool
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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Utah started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Utah's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Utah and national health reform — The Insurance Department’s page on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Utah.
Utah Healthcare Initiative — Organized to bring the issue of health system reform before the voters of Utah.
Utah Health Policy Project — A resource for the public, community leaders, businesses, health care providers and policy makers interested in strengthening the health care system while working to develop visionary and systemic solutions to the crisis of the uninsured and under-insured.
Utah Children’s Health Insurance Program — Families who cannot afford to buy health insurance for their children may be eligible for health coverage through the Utah CHIP.
Medicaid in Utah — A joint Federal and State program that provides payment for some medical costs for certain individuals who are older, have low incomes and limited assets, or are disabled.
Utah Department of Human Services — Information on insurance programs – Medicare, Medicaid and long term health insurance information.
Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP) — UHPP is a nonpartisan, 501-C-3 nonprofit organization whose vision is for a health care system that provides medically necessary care to all Utah residents in a timely, efficient, and culturally effective manner with sustainable financing.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Utah.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Utah -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Utah.
Why health care reform is important to Utah -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Utah.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Utah -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Utah.
Utah mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Utah -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $85 per family in 2012.
05/13/2013 3:05 PM
Politico — HHS and Utah reached an agreement that allows Utah to continue to operate its Avenue H exchange for small businesses, while the federal government will implement an exchange for individuals. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert viewed the agreement as a victory, but consumer advocates are concerned that people using Avenue H won’t learn about potential tax credits or Medicaid eligibility.
01/01/2013 8:01 PM
Stateline — HHS approved Gov. Gary Herbert’s plan to modify Avenue H — Utah’s existing health exchange for small businesses — to serve individuals and larger businesses. However, Utah Exchange Director Patty Conner says the exchange will be modified according to state’s plans and timeline, not the feds’.
08/17/2012 4:08 PM
A roundup of state implementations of the requirements of the Affordable Care Act shows that a federal “takeover” of healthcare may be overstated. Some states, such as Utah, are trying to set a “bare minimum” plan that might not satisfy federal guidelines, while Connecticut ups the ante on what’s covered and California is close to saying that smokers should not have to pay higher health insurance premiums than non-smokers. Of course there are states who are refusing the free federal Medicaid dollars to help their poorest citizens get health insurance coverage.
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