From: UHPP Health Matters
To: Michael Mckell,
Subject: Make It or Break It Time
Date: Wed Mar 05 14:03:23 MST 2014
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Make It or Break It

Closing Utah’s Medicaid coverage gap remains an elusive goal as the 2014 legislative session winds down.
But it’s not for lack of trying. Currently vying for attention, votes, and traction are three separate proposals originating from the three epicenters of state government: the House, the Senate, and the Governor’s suite.

Ironically, all this excitement over Medicaid expansion might be derailing the prospect for a grand bargain by the end of session. Both internal politics and the embedded complexities of health-care reform have transformed Medicaid expansion into the “third-rail” issue of Utah politics.
But despite key differences among the three major plans, they also share common elements like maximum state flexibility, private insurance subsidies, and sunset rules. These similarities could serve as the foundation for a compromise plan, or at least a framework to continue the discussion into the summer.
So where do we stand with 7 busy days to go?

Find out here

Newsmaker Interview: Dr. David Patton

Does Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan close the coverage gap—and what are its prospects for passage?

Learn more here

Read All About It

Four newspapers agree on one thing: Lawmakers should close Utah’s coverage gap with all the tools available

Read more here

The Final Countdown

The clock is ticking to March 31.
Trained experts at Take Care Utah and United Way 2-1-1 can help you find affordable insurance

Why We Fight

Over 3,800 uninsured veterans fall into Utah’s Medicaid coverage gap.

Why this matters now

How to Talk Smart

3 Plans. 2 Chambers. 54,000 people in the coverage gap. Which Utah Medicaid Expansion plan gets the job done?

Find out here ( pdf)

Interior Monologue

Sally Jewell (the Secretary of the Interior) talks up ACA enrollment this Friday at 10am at the Salt Lake City Main Library.

More details here ( pdf)

What’s More Risky II

We’re getting ready this week to launch a new series of hard-hitting ACA enrollment ads

Preview them here ( pdf)

Talking Heads

UHPP spoke to UtahPolicy.com’s Bryan Schott about prospects for a Medicaid expansion solution this session.

Watch the video here
Access full calendar here

Health Care Roundtable
>>A weekly gathering of advocates, stakeholders, and others interested in health policy and legislation in Utah
Meetings: Every Wednesday at 1:10pm
Location: Utah State Capitol - Senate Office Bldg. - Olmsted Room ( map)
Time: 1:10pm-2:15pm
Next Meeting - Wednesday, March 5, 2014:  Invited Speaker: Dr. David Patton, director of the Utah Dept. of Health, to speak about the governor’s Healthy Utah Plan.
Contact:  RyLee Curtis, rylee-at-healthpolicyproject.org

Town Hall Meeting on Medicaid Expansion
>>Real Utahns telling their real stories about how health coverage through Medicaid made their lives better and more productive
Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Location: Utah State Capitol – Room 445 (4 th floor, east side) ( map)
Time: 6pm-7pm
Want to share your story? Contact:  RyLee Curtis, rylee-at-healthpolicyproject.org
 
Local First Mentors Series: Health Care & Your Small Business
>>Local businesses owners and insurance experts about the pursuit of affordable health insurance for owners and employees
Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Location:  Local First Utah Headquarters; 865 South 200 West, Salt Lake City, UT ( map)
Panelists: Patty Conner of Avenue H; Steve Burrows of Select Health; Tricia McGarry of Arches Health Plan; Phil Sherburne & Leia Bell of Signed & Numbered
More details here
 
ACA Talk by Sally Jewell (Secretary of the Interior)
>>If you hike bike, or ski in Utah’s backcountry, now it’s easy to find affordable health insurance. Learn how at this free event.
Date: Friday, March 7, 2014
Time: 10am
Location:  Salt Lake City Main Library, Level 4 (210 E 400 S Salt Lake City, UT) ( map)
Event Flyer ( pdf)

Bill Watcher
SB 251 – Amendments to Medicaid and Health Care
Sen. Shiozawa
Status: Senate 2 nd reading calendar; passed Senate Health and Human Services Comm. (3-1-1)

Enrollment Events
See the full calendar at Take Care Utah
 
Upcoming Health Reform 101 Presentations
 
Friday, March 14, 2014
Organization: Univ. of Utah College of Nursing - Graduate Nursing Program
Time: 12pm-2pm
Location: Univ. of Utah College of Nursing

Access full calendar here
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