Press Releases

August 2020 

19,200 Essential Workers in Utah At Risk from Potential Medicaid Cuts (8/4/2020)

July 2020

Senate Republican HEALS Act Plan Won’t Help Utah Meet Growing Need for Health Coverage (7/28/2020)

June 2020

ACA Repeal More Dangerous Than Ever for Utahns During Pandemic and Economic Crisis (6/24/2020)

April 2020

Utah Health Policy Project Statement on Suspension of Work Reporting Requirement (4/3/2020)

March 2020

As COVID-19 Highlights Health Care System Shortcomings, Utah Health Policy Project Recommends Solutions to State and Federal Policymakers (3/26/2020)

Utah Health Policy Project Statement on Coronavirus/COVID-19 (3/16/2020)

The Utah Legislature Passed HB207, Insulin Access Amendments, Ensuring $0 Deductible, Low-Copay Insulin for Utah Patients (3/10/2020)

 

February 2020

UHPP statement on rejection of work reporting requirements by federal court (2/14/2020)

January 2020

Medicaid Expansion Celebration Media Advisory (1/13/2020)

Utah ACA enrollment up 3.3% in 2020 (1/10/2020)

Utah Ranks 35th for Healthcare Affordability in Newly Release State Policy Scorecards 1/8/2020

December 2019

Full Medicaid expansion opens January 1st (12/31/2019)

Utah receives approval of key pieces of “Fallback Plan” waiver, including full Medicaid expansion and work reporting requirements (12/23/2019)

UHPP statement on ACA Marketplace enrollment | Utah ACA enrollment up 3.3% compared to last year (12/20/2019)

New Fifth Circuit Texas v United States Decision Rules ACA Individual Mandate Unconstitutional (12/18/2019)

Media Alert: UHPP annual Health Care Solutions for Utahns conference (12/9/2019)

Press Release: More than 4800 comments submitted on Utah Medicaid fallback waiver (12/9/2019)

November 2019

Press Release: Obamacare open enrollment period passes halfway point (11/26/2019)

Media Alert: UHPP to hold press call following Texas vs United States decision (11/22/2019)

Expanding Medicaid will save hundreds of Utahns’ lives – Medicaid expansion could save as many lives as seat belts, groundbreaking new research shows (11/6/2019)

Open Enrollment Begins in Utah (11/1/2019)

October 2019

Out-of-pocket health care costs could be fifteen-times lower for near-poverty Utahns under full Medicaid expansion (10/10/2019)

September 2019

Utah submits full Medicaid expansion “Fallback Plan” waiver after partial expansion request was rejected (9/30/2019)

Press Conference: Celebrating Six Months of Partial Medicaid Expansion in Utah (9/26/2019)

New report from Families USA shows that Utah wastes $6.6 million per month due to lack of full expansion (9/10/2019)

Announcing the 4 th Annual Hispanic Heritage Parade at The Gateway (9/4/2019)

August 2019

Utah Department of Health Report Evaluates Health Disparities Uniquely by Legislative District (8/28/2019)

July 2019

Media Advisory: Full Medicaid Expansion Now Rally and Message Display Event (7/29/2019)

UHPP responds to report that partial expansion waiver will be denied (7/26/2019)

Media Alert: Governor Herbert Releases Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Video (7/25/2019)

Grant to help connect Utah kids to health care awarded to UHPP, Take Care Utah (7/102019)

Utah Health Care Advocate Headed to DC To Testify Before Congress on ACA Repeal Threat (7/9/2019)

Utah Advocates Submitted More Than 1600 Public Comments on Utah Medicaid Waiver (7/1/2019)

June 2019

New Report Shows Utah Medicaid Changes Would Cause $39 Million Budget Shortfall (6/27/2019)

May 2019

Utah Health Care Advocates’ Statement on Harmful ‘Per Capita Cap’ Waiver (5/30/2019)

Protect Our Care Rally Media Advisory (5/6/2019)

April 2019

Per Capita Cap Boot Camp with Eliot Fishman (4/15/2019)

March 2019

Partial Medicaid Expansion Creates Secondary Coverage Gaps (3/29/2019)

UHPP responds to federal court ruling on work reporting requirements (3/27/2019)

UHPP responds to HB 441’s harmful excise tax on health insurance premiums (3/6/2019)

February 2019

UHPP responds to Governor Herbert signing SB 96, Medicaid Expansion Adjustments, into law (2/11/2019)

UHPP response to House vote on SB 96 (2/8/2019)

UHPP response to Prop 3 Medicaid expansion repeal House committee vote (2/6/2019)

UHPP releases 4 Utah-specific health care affordability data briefs (2/6/2019)

Message display and press conference following Senate vote on Medicaid expansion repeal (2/4/2019)

January 2019

UHPP responds to Prop 3 Medicaid expansion repeal bill passing out of Senate HHS committee (1/29/2019)

UHPP responds to new bills to repeal Proposition 3 Medicaid expansion (1/26/2019)

Utah legislators seek repeal of Medicaid expansion in opposition to voters- new analysis (1/25/2019)

Rally Against Repeal- Protect Medicaid Expansion (1/23/2019)

December 2018

UHPP statement on 2019 increase in ACA individual market enrollment (12/20/2018)

November 2018

We did it! Full Medicaid expansion is coming to Utah (11/8/2018)

Utah voters pass Prop 3’s Medicaid expansion, validating years of advocacy efforts (11/8/2018)

October 2018

Proposition 3 will create 14,000 jobs according to new UHPP report (10/17/2018)

Utah community groups oppose rule change that will impact immigrant communities (10/10/2018)

September 2018

announcing the 3rd annual Hispanic Heritage Parade at the Gateway (9/20/2018)

August 2018

New UHPP report shows Proposition 3 would be a boon for Utah’s economy (8/13/2018)

May 2018

UHPP statement on Medicaid expansion officially qualifying for the November ballot (5/29/2018)

April 2018

Lynn Quincy and Andy Slavitt to discuss health care affordability (4/12/2018)

March 2018

Utah’s HB 472 is a Medicaid expansion plan destined for denial (3/5/2018)

January 2018

UHPP statement on CHIP renewal (1/19/2018)

December 2017

UHPP statement on impressive 2018 open enrollment numbers (12/21/2017)

Republican tax bill “Sneaky Repeal” will cost Utahns who rely on health care (12/20/2017 )

October 2017

Utah’s Open Enrollment Begins Wednesday: Here’s What You Need to Know (10/30/2017)

UHPP to present latest analysis of 2018 insurance marketplace at legislature this Wednesday at 1pm (10/10/17)

September 2017

Average 39% increase in marketplace insurance rates does not mean similar premium increases for most Utah consumers (9/28/17)

Kill the Zombie Bill Healthcare Rally (9/22/2017)

August 2017

UHPP’s Statement on Molina Leaving Utah’s Marketplace (8/2/2017)

July 2017

Senate’s “skinny” health bill is lean on logic (7/27/2017)

Letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch about Senate Health Bill (7/13/2017)

Letter to Sen. Mike Lee about Senate Health Bill  (7/13/2017)

Proposed Medicaid Changes: What’s at Stake? (7/11/2017)

Utah Advocacy Groups Oppose Proposed Changes to Utah Medicaid and PCN (7/10/2017)

June 2017

Healthcare Advocates to Deliver Nearly 1,000 Stories and Messages to Utah Senator Orrin Hatch Calling to Protect Medicaid and Oppose the BCRA
(6/27/2017)

Yet again, CBO predicts tens of thousands of Utahns at risk of losing coverage
(6/26/2017)

UHPP asks Secretary Tom Price to listen to real story about ACA in Utah
(6/26/2017)

Senate healthcare bill “bad deal” for all Utahns who depend on healthcare
(6/22/2017)

May 2017

CBO predicts tens of thousands of Utahns at risk of losing health coverage
(5/24/2017)

Utahns with pre-existing health conditions at risk with passage of AHCA today
(5/4/2017)

April 2017

New GOP Healthcare Bill Threatens Health and Financial Security for all Utahns
(4/27/2017)

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)