Press Releases

January 2021

Enrollment in Utah’s Marketplace Continues to Climb (1/14/2021)

Health Care Solutions for Utahns- Virtual Health Policy Conference to Feature Local and National Experts (1/8/2021)


December 2020

Take Care Utah Encourages People to Enroll in Health Insurance Before Open Enrollment Ends on December 15 (12/10/2020)

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace Ends December 15th (12/1/2020)

November 2020

As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in health care repeal lawsuit, Utahns share their stories, illustrate what’s at stake (11/6/2020)

October 2020

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace Begins November 1st (10/30/2020)

ACA Repeal Lawsuit Would End Health Coverage for 260,000 Utahns, New Data Show (10/16/2020)

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 the rejection of work reporting requirements by federal court(2.14.20)

January 2020

Medicaid Expansion Celebration Media Advisory (1.13.20)

Utah ACA enrollment up 3.3% in 2020 (1.10.20)

Utah Ranks 35th for Healthcare Affordability in Newly Release State Policy Scorecards (1.8.20)


December 2019

Full Medicaid expansion opens January 1st (12.31.19)

Utah receives approval of key pieces of “Fallback Plan” waiver, including full Medicaid expansion and work reporting requirements (12.23.19)

UHPP statement on ACA Marketplace enrollment | Utah ACA enrollment up 3.3% compared to last year (12.20.19)

New Fifth Circuit Texas v United States Decision Rules ACA Individual Mandate Unconstitutional (12.18.19)

Media Alert: UHPP annual Health Care Solutions for Utahns conference (12.9.19)

Press Release: More than 4800 comments submitted on Utah Medicaid fallback waiver (12.9.19)

November 2019

Press Release: Obamacare open enrollment period passes halfway point (11.26.19)

Media Alert: UHPP to hold press call following Texas vs United States decision (11.22.19)

Expanding Medicaid will save hundreds of Utahns’ lives – Medicaid expansion could save as many lives as seat belts, groundbreaking new research shows (11.6.19)

Open Enrollment Begins in Utah (11.1.19)

October 2019

Out-of-pocket health care costs could be fifteen-times lower for near-poverty Utahns under full Medicaid expansion (10.10.19)

September 2019

Utah submits full Medicaid expansion “Fallback Plan” waiver after partial expansion request was rejected (9.30.19)

Press Conference: Celebrating Six Months of Partial Medicaid Expansion in Utah (9.26.19)

New report from Families USA shows that Utah wastes $6.6 million per month due to lack of full expansion (9.10.19)

Announcing the 4 th Annual Hispanic Heritage Parade at The Gateway (9.4.19)

August 2019

Utah Department of Health Report Evaluates Health Disparities Uniquely by Legislative District (8.28.19)

July 2019

Media Advisory: Full Medicaid Expansion Now Rally and Message Display Event (7.29.19)

UHPP responds to report that partial expansion waiver will be denied (7.26.19 press)

Media Alert: Governor Herbert Releases Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Video (7.25.19)

Grant to help connect Utah kids to health care awarded to UHPP, Take Care Utah (7.10.19)

Utah Health Care Advocate Headed to DC To Testify Before Congress on ACA Repeal Threat (7.8.19)

Utah Advocates Submitted More Than 1600 Public Comments on Utah Medicaid Waiver (7.1.19)

June 2019

New Report Shows Utah Medicaid Changes Would Cause $39 Million Budget Shortfall (6.27.19)

May 2019

Utah Health Care Advocates’ Statement on Harmful ‘Per Capita Cap’ Waiver (5.30.19)

Protect Our Care Rally Media Advisory (5.6.19)

April 2019

Per Capita Cap Boot Camp with Eliot Fishman (4.15.19)

March 2019

Partial Medicaid Expansion Creates Secondary Coverage Gaps (3.29.19)

UHPP responds to federal court ruling on work reporting requirements (3.27.19)

UHPP responds to HB 441’s harmful excise tax on health insurance premiums (3.6.19)

February 2019

UHPP responds to Governor Herbert signing SB 96, Medicaid Expansion Adjustments, into law (2.11.19)

UHPP response to House vote on SB 96 (2.8.19)

UHPP response to Prop 3 Medicaid expansion repeal House committee vote (2.6.19)

UHPP releases 4 Utah-specific health care affordability data briefs (2.6.19)

Message display and press conference following Senate vote on Medicaid expansion repeal (2.4.19)

January 2019

UHPP responds to Prop 3 Medicaid expansion repeal bill passing out of Senate HHS committee (1.29.19)

UHPP responds to new bills to repeal Proposition 3 Medicaid expansion (1.26.19)

Utah legislators seek repeal of Medicaid expansion in opposition to voters- new analysis (1.25.19)

Rally Against Repeal- Protect Medicaid Expansion (1.23.19)


December 2018

UHPP statement on 2019 increase in ACA individual market enrollment (12.20.18)

November 2018

We did it! Full Medicaid expansion is coming to Utah (11.8.18)

Utah voters pass Prop 3’s Medicaid expansion, validating years of advocacy efforts (11.8.18)

October 2018

Proposition 3 will create 14,000 jobs according to new UHPP report (10.17.18)

Utah community groups oppose rule change that will impact immigrant communities (10.10.18)

September 2018

announcing the 3rd annual Hispanic Heritage Parade at the Gateway (9.20.18)

August 2018

New UHPP report shows Proposition 3 would be a boon for Utah’s economy (8.13.18)

May 2018

UHPP statement on Medicaid expansion officially qualifying for the November ballot (5.29.18)

April 2018

Lynn Quincy and Andy Slavitt to discuss health care affordability (4.12.18)

March 2018

Utah’s HB 472 is a Medicaid expansion plan destined for denial (3.5.18)

January 2018

UHPP statement on CHIP renewal (1.19.18 press)


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

Yet again, CBO predicts tens of thousands of Utahns at risk of losing coverage

UHPP asks Secretary Tom Price to listen to real story about ACA in Utah

Senate healthcare bill “bad deal” for all Utahns who depend on healthcare

May 2017

CBO predicts tens of thousands of Utahns at risk of losing health coverage

Utahns with pre-existing health conditions at risk with passage of AHCA today

April 2017

New GOP Healthcare Bill Threatens Health and Financial Security for all Utahns


May 2016

Community Advocacy Organizations to Provide Public Comment on the State’s 1115 Waiver for Medicaid Extension

April 2016

Utah Department of Health to Hold Informal Public Comment Discussions on Medicaid Extension in St. George, Utah on April 21

Utah Department of Health to Hold Informal Public Comment Discussions on Medicaid Extension in Richfield, Utah

March 2016

HHS Report Highlights Need for Medicaid Expansion for Utahns with Unmet Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

February 2016

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


December 2015

ACA Deadline Extended to 12/17 | 80,887 Utahns Enroll in New Coverage 

September 2015

Utah Navigators Awarded $740,090 Grant

July 2015

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

June 2015

Why ACA Subsidies Matter in Utah (PDF)

March 2015

Take Care Utah Solves the State’s Hardest Enrollment Challenges (PDF)

Healthy Utah Passes Senate (PDF)

February 2015

140,221 Utahns Signed Up For Health Insurance on (PDF)

Utah Legislature Forum on Healthy Utah Plan (PDF)


November 2014

UHPP Fall Conference Preview (PDF)

Take Care Utah Family Festival (PDF)

October 2014

Healthy Utah Candlelight Vigil (PDF)

September 2014

Take Care Utah Awarded $485,198 Federal Grant

August 2014

Utah Filmmaker Paul Gibbs Receives $3,500 Grant to Highlight Coverage Gap

May 2014

Utah Report: Working Individuals in Key Economic Sectors Would Be the Largest Group to Gain Access to Health Insurance

March 2014

The End is Near for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

39,902 Utahns Signed Up for Insurance on

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to Speak about Health Coverage

February 2014

Governor Announces His Plan to Close Utah’s Coverage Gap

Senate Bill Closing Utah’s Coverage Gap Passes Committee, 3-1

Legislators Face a Clear Choice to Close Utah’s Coverage Gap


August 2013

UHPP, AUCH and United Way 2-1-1 Receive $406,788 from HHS

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

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

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)