Press Releases

May 2016

Community Advocacy Organizations to Provide Public Comment on the State’s 1115 Waiver for Medicaid Extension
(5/18/2016)

April 2016

Utah Department of Health to Hold Informal Public Comment Discussions on Medicaid Extension in St. George, Utah on April 21
(4/18/2016)

Utah Department of Health to Hold Informal Public Comment Discussions on Medicaid Extension in Richfield, Utah
(4/18/2016)

March 2016

HHS Report Highlights Need for Medicaid Expansion for Utahns with Unmet Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
(3/28/2016)

February 2016

175,637 Utahns Sign Up for Health Insurance as Open Enrollment Ends (PDF Report)
(2/9/2016)

December 2015

ACA Deadline Extended to 12/17 | 80,887 Utahns Enroll in New Coverage 
(7/6/2015)

September 2015

Utah Navigators Awarded $740,090 Grant
(7/6/2015)

July 2015

Economic Analysis: The Healthy Utah Plan Provides Six Times More Value
per Dollar than Utah Cares (Media Brief) (Full Report)
(7/6/2015)

June 2015

Why ACA Subsidies Matter in Utah (PDF)
(6/10/2015)

March 2015

Take Care Utah Solves the State’s Hardest Enrollment Challenges (PDF)
(3/31/2015)

Healthy Utah Passes Senate (PDF)
(3/10/2015)

February 2015

140,221 Utahns Signed Up For Health Insurance on Healthcare.gov (PDF)
(2/19/2015)

Utah Legislature Forum on Healthy Utah Plan (PDF)
(2/9/2015)

November 2014

UHPP Fall Conference Preview (PDF)
(11/21/2014)

Take Care Utah Family Festival (PDF)
(11/12/2014)

October 2014

Healthy Utah Candlelight Vigil (PDF)
(10/13/2014)

September 2014

Take Care Utah Awarded $485,198 Federal Grant
(9/8/2014)

August 2014

Utah Filmmaker Paul Gibbs Receives $3,500 Grant to Highlight Coverage Gap
(8/5/2014)

May 2014

Utah Report: Working Individuals in Key Economic Sectors Would Be the Largest Group to Gain Access to Health Insurance
(5/28/2014)

March 2014

The End is Near for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
(3/25/2014)

39,902 Utahns Signed Up for Insurance on Healthcare.gov
(3/11/2014)

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to Speak about Health Coverage
(3/6/2014)

February 2014

Governor Announces His Plan to Close Utah’s Coverage Gap
(2/27/2014

Senate Bill Closing Utah’s Coverage Gap Passes Committee, 3-1
(2/26/2014)

Legislators Face a Clear Choice to Close Utah’s Coverage Gap
(2/25/2014)

August 2013

UHPP, AUCH and United Way 2-1-1 Receive $406,788 from HHS
(8/16/2013)

May 2013

Initial Response to Public Consulting Group’s Study on the Medicaid Expansion(5/23/2013

Utah Small Businesses Left Out of Latest Exchange Decision (5/10/2013

February 2013

Medicaid Expansion Will Cost Much Less than Projected (3/1/2013)

Utah’s Economy Will Benefit from Medicaid Expansion (2/13/2013)

January 2013

UHPP Reaction to HHS Conditional Approval of Utah’s State-Run Exchange (1/3/2013)

December 2012

Better Care Conference & Summit (12/14/12)

PDFs of PowerPoint Presentations (click to view/download)

Better Care: Maximizing Opportunity in the ACA and Beyond (Renee Markus Hodin)
Better Care at Lower Cost for Medicaid: What Will It Take? (Brent James, MD)
Transforming Health Care In Oregon (David Labby, MD PhD)
The Camden Model An Integrated Community-led Safety-net Accountable Care Organization (Joseph Fleming)
Patient Incentives in Medicaid (Lydia Mitts)

November 2012

UHPP Statement on Elections Results 2012: What It Means for Health Reform (11/7/2012)

September 2012

Statement on Utah’s Pathway to Accountable Care (Patient-Centered Medicaid Reforms) (9/28/2012)

Consumers for Medicaid Expansion Find Their Voice at Governor’s Health Reform Summit (9/25/2012)

Census Estimates Show Utah Moving in Wrong Direction on Uninsured, a Reminder of Need for Reforms with Strong Affordability Measures (9/12/2012)

June 2012

Affordable Care Act Upheld, though Medicaid Expansion on Possibly Shaky Ground (6/28/2012)

May 2012

In Firing Fletcher, Hiring Walsh-McDonald, Gov. Herbert may have Found his Footing on Path to Recovery from Data Breach (5/15/12)

March 2012

Comments on Supreme Court Oral Arguments Day 2: What’s at Stake for Utah in Day 3, Besides the Reputation of Broccoli? (3/28/12)

February 2012

Revenue Projections Should Give Jump Start to Medicaid Reform & Wellness Incentives (2/21/12)

December 2011

News Release & Analysis of Governor’s Budget Recommendations (12/12/11)
Media Advisory on the Governor’s budget release (12/7/11)

November 2011

UHPP & Utah Leaders, Small Business Owners Weigh in with Feds on Proposed Regulations for Health Insurance Exchanges (11/1/11)

October 2011
Statement on Utah Medicaid’s New Electronic Health Record Incentive Program: What’s at Stake for Medicaid Consumers and Health Care System Stakeholders (10/3/11)

September 2011

Number of Uninsured Continue to Rise, US Census Bureau Shows (9/16/11)

Statement on Republican Governors Public Policy Committee Report, A New Medicaid
(9/1/11)

June 2011

Proposed Medicaid Cuts Would Cost Jobs, Harm Utah’s Economy (6/29/11)

Initial Impressions of State Medicaid Reform Waiver Proposal: Red Flags (6/1/11)

May 2011 

Exchange at the Crossroads: An Updated Policy Brief from UHPP (5/11/11)

March 2011 

Utah Small Business Leaders Discuss Impact of Healthcare Law 1 Year On (3/22/11)

February 2011

A Closer Look at the Florida Court Ruling and Utah’s Response: NO EXCUSE FOR RASKDECISIONS (2/2/11)

Judi Hilman Receives the Families USA Consumer Health Advocate of the Year Award! (2/2/11)

UHPP News Release: Florida Court Ruling on Affordable Care Act Would Deny Health Security to Millions of Americans, Including Many Utahns (2/1/11)

January 2011

UHPP News Release: Brief Statement on Dr. David Sundwalls Resignation from Helm of Utah Department of Health (1/4/11)

Department of Health News Release: Dr. David Sundwall Announces Resignation from UDOH (1/4/11)

December 2010

UHPP News Release: UHPP Statement on Findings of Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in Utah Medicaid (12/14/10)

UHPP News Release: UHPP Statement on Governor Herbert’s Budget Recommendations (12/10/10)

September 2010 

UHPP News Release: Statement Regarding New Census Estimates of Uninsured in Utah (9/16/10)

UHPP News Release: Re-Launch of Utah Health Exchange & Launch of ‘Exchange Learning Network’ (9/1/10)

July 2010 

UHPP News Release: Utah will run temporary federal high risk pool, but not until August 1 (7/1/10)

June 2010

UHPP News Release: Kudos to Governor Herbert for Deciding to Run New High Risk Pool for Uninsurable Utahns (6/24/10)

May 2010

UHPP News Release: Families USA’s Report on Utahns with Pre-Existing Conditions: Comment and Stories from the Utah Health Policy Project (5/27/10)

March 2010

UHPP News Release: Utah Health Care Providers Support Federal Health Reform
(3/17/10)

February 2010 

UHPP News Release: Federal Bipartisan Healthcare Summit (2/25/10)

UHPP News Release: HHS Appropriations Votes to Eliminate Medical Coverage for Seriously Injured Children & Pregnant Women (2/12/10)
UHPP News Release: State Health Reform Moves Forward w/Room for Improvement: HB294 (2/5/2010)

January 2010

UHPP News Release: National Health Reforms Likely to be Held Constitutional (1/8/2010)

December 2009

UHPP News Release: Governor’s Budget: a Great Start for Health Needs of Low-Income Utahns (12/11/2009)

November 2009

UHPP News Release: UHPP Storybank to Provide Reality Check at November 4th Utah Health Forum (11/1/09)

October 2009

UHPP News Release: Rising Unemployment Causes 40,200 Utahns to Lose Health Coverage in 2009 (10/20/09)

September 2009

UHPP News Release: Utah Medicaid Partnership & Medicaid Beneficiaries to Present Report on the State of Utah Medicaid (9/28/09)
UHPP News Release: Statement Regarding New Census Estimates of Uninsured in Utah (9/10/09)
UHPP News Release: Congressional Send Off: Let’s Get It Done (9/8/09)

August 2009

UHPP News Release: Utah Health Exchange Underscores Need for National Reform (8/19/09)

July 2009

UHPP News Release: Senator Hatch Quits Bipartisan Health Reform Talks, Giving Utah one less voice (7/23/09)

UHPP News Release: Utah Small Business Health Care Survey Released (7/8/09)

UHPP News Release: New Scientific Study Finds that Utah Small Businesses Support Health Reform, Remain Concerned About Rising Costs (7/6/09)

June 2009

UHPP News Release: Regional Town Hall Meetings Reflect Utah Public’s Readiness for Comprehensive National Health Reform THIS YEAR (6/23/09)

UHPP News Release: Sen. Ted Kennedy and Senate H.E.L.P. Committee Release Health Reform Bill, “Affordable Health Choices Act” (6/10/09)

May 2009

UHPP News Release: Response to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s New Report: Cost of Failure (5/21/09)

April 2009

UHPP News Release: 1 in 4 Utah Families Will Spend Over 10 Percent of Pre-Tax Income on Health Care Costs in 2009 (4/29/09)
UHPP News Release: Response to Utah Speaker of House David Clark’s and Dr. Brent James’ Testomony to Congress (4/28/09)

February 2009

UHPP News Release: Medicaid Economic Recovery Money Could Support 3000 Utah Jobs (2/26/09)
UHPP News Release: Response to Revenue Projections and Release of Medicaid Navigator, Tool for Maximizing Economic Stimulus Monies (2/17/09)
UHPP News Release: Thousands of Utah Workers Who Lost Their Jobs Find Themselves Uninsured (2/6/09)

January 2009

UHPP News Release: Utah Medicaid Partnership with Beneficiaries & ER Physician to Present Principles for Handling Medicaid thru Recession (1/20/09)

December 2008

UHPP News Release: Gov. Huntsman budget gets high marks from health care advocates (12/4/08)

November 2008

UHPP News Release: New Report Finds 107,000 Uninsured Utah Children, 10th Worst in Nation (11/19/08)

September 2008

UHPP News Release: Hold Medicaid Harmless (9/19/08)

July 2008 

UHPP News Release: CHIP/UPP Changes Could Hurt Kids (7/23/08)

April 2008 

UHPP News Release: Bush Administration Medicaid Cuts (4/28/08)

March 2008 

UHPP News Release: PCN Public Hearing (3/31/08)
UHPP News Release: Health Reform Bill Signing (3/19/08)

February 2008
UHPP News Release: HB133 Passes the House (2/8/08)

October 2007

UHPP News Release: Utah Grandmas Demand Congress Override Bush’s CHIP Veto (10/3/07)

September 2007 

UHPP News Release: Emerging Agreement to Expand Children’s Health Care a Major Step Forward (9/21/07)
UHPP News Release: New Report finds that 1 Out of 3 (822,000) Non-Elderly Utahns Were Uninsured During 2006-2007 (9/20/07)
UHPP News Release: Congress Poised to Help Provide Health Coverage to Additional Uninsured Children in Utah (9/12/07)

August 2007
UHPP News Release: New Census Data Show Increase in Utah’s Uninsured, Raising Stakes for Utah’s Health System Reform (8/28/07)