From: UHPP
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: LDS bishop's story highlighted on NPR today
Date: Mon May 12 20:30:49 MDT 2014
Did you catch the Utah/LDS story
on NPR's Morning Edition?
Utah made the news today when NPR's Morning Edition aired a story about an LDS bishop who estimates 20% of his congregation falls into the state's coverage gap for health insurance.

These are the 57,000 Utahns who earn too little to purchase private insurance, but too much to qualify for Medicaid.

Ilene Martinez is one of them.
She works full-time, but her minimal insurance (Utah's PCN) doesn't cover her medical needs. She has a chronic condition that requires specialist care and numerous medications, and her 21 year-old son does, too. And she is a member of Bishop David Heslington's LDS 12th Ward in Salt Lake City.

Bishop Heslington explains that Utahns like Ilene Martinez need more help than his congregation can support.

"I think we're starting to see legislatures who are getting a clue about this large under-served population that yes, there are people that need help, can't afford it, can't find it, and we see that they're trying to do something, and we support those efforts to help people out that need help."

You can listen to the NPR story at the link below:
Mormon Bishop Highlights Health Coverage Gap Among Utah's Poor
by Andrea Smardon (KUER)
NPR's Morning Edition
May 12, 2014


For more information about recent efforts to close Utah's coverage gap, contact UHPP's RyLee Curtis:

RyLee Curtis
Medicaid Policy Analyst
Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP)
1832 Research Way #60, Salt Lake City, UT 84119
P: 801.433.2299 x8
M: 801.706.7831

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