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Living without insurance, being under-insured and the consequences to one’s health and/or household.
- Self Employed Couple Has Few Choices for Health Insurance
- ACA will benefit uninsurable Utah businesswoman
- Students excited to have coverage under parent’s plan
- New parents also newly uninsured
- Health insurance unaffordable due to asthma, a pre-exisiting condition
- Small businesses drop health coverage, as costs rise, leaving Utah families uninsured.
- Swine flu turns to disaster for uninsured Utahn
- Family contemplating dropping health insurance even with a baby on the way.
- Surviving is my first priority I just can’t think about how to pay for my care right now.
- Right now tuition and my education are more important that health insurance.
- Preexisiting health conditions can make it scary to change jobs.
- Insurance would take so much out of my paycheck…
- I wish there were a way for families who make too much for CHIP and Medicaid…
- Student chooses cost of education over health insurance.
- Lack of insurance leads to missed preventative care…
- Can’t obtain preventative care without a medical home…
- Temporary agencies don’t offer health insurance…
Medicaid & CHIP Stories
Issues: timely access to care, the need for services and
Successes: how these programs helped one get back into or to stay within the workforce.
- Utahns Speak Up: About Medicaid Expansion
- The Health Care Compact Will Saddle Utah with the Responsibility for Medicare without the Needed Dollars
- The Health Care Compact Will Hurt Utahn’s with Disabilities
- The Health Care Compact Will Hurt Utah’s Seniors
- Dental Coverage Would Have Prevented an Expensive Emergency Department Visit
- Untreated Dental Problems Make Other Health Conditions Worse
- CHIP helps make family insurance affordable
- As a single mother and sole provider, insurance was simply unaffordable
- Facing cancer as a single mother is enough stress
- CHIP is a great program for families inching their way out of poverty
- CHIP provides family with peace of mind
- Without Medicaid, I probably wouldn’t have my healthy little girl
- Medicaid provides a critical service for Utah family
- The importance of CHIP Building Blocks
- Providers speak out on critical Medicaid services
- Saved with the support of the Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Program
- Medicaid provides critical coverage for Utah families
- Medicaid helps Utah mother turn her life around
- Medicaid helps Utahn become financially independent
- Primary Care Network is a Band-Aid solution
- Utah’s Primary Care Network creates pool of underinsured
- Critical Medicaid services still need to be restored
- Provider sees benefits of access to comprehensive rehabilitation care
- Providing Medicaid adults with physical therapy is critical and cost-effective
- Optional services are not optional
- Baby Your Baby Program provides vital, cost-effective prenatal care
- Asset test keeps single mom from gaining economic independence
- Physical therapy opens new doors on life
- Medicaid is an important saftey net for hard times
- Medicaid Waiver Programs allow Utahns to live independently
- Caregiver sees negative impact from Medicaid cuts
- Medicaid asset test keeps Utah families in poverty
- Funding for critical Medicaid services needs to be restored
- Medicaid takes a bad page from private insurance: denying claims
- Because I wanted to better myself and not depend on the system…
- It was alot of work to get on PCN and it didn’t help much.
- When my children were uninsured, I was always worried they would get sick.
- Grandson’s social security check disqualifies Grandmother.
Small Business Stories
Small business owner’s ability to offer insurance.
- Small business owner has a hard time providing insurance through Utah’s Health Exchange (New! 1/12/12)
- Providing a choice to my employees is a great benefit
- My clients are looking for lower premiums from Utah’s Health Exchange
- Employer understands the importance of offering insurance to employees
- The ACA provides relief to small business
- Sole-proprietor can’t afford quality health insurance
- Contractor offers employees health insurance but struggles to compete
- Rising insurance costs limit small business’s ability to recruit & retain good employees
- Utah small business and their employees fall through the cracks
- Offering health insurance puts small business at competitive disadvantage
- Changing the definition of small group market would help new businesses
- We need affordable insurance to grow our business
- It’s important to offer good insurance to keep quality employees
- I would like to offer better coverage but it’s extremely difficult and very costly
- Health costs seem to go up 20% each year…
- I got into this business because I couldn’t afford health insurance for myself!
General Insurance and Quality of Care Stories
Rising premiums, in-between coverage, denial;
Culturally or linguistically appropriate care (personal, family, client, or institutional).
- Couple avoids bankruptcy thanks to federal health reform (new! 12/6/11)
- Discrimination makes accessing health care difficult for Utah families
- Federal reform is helping young adults in Utah pursue their dreams
- Cost-effective health care coverage for legal immigrant kids
- Health insurance benefit caps endanger retired couple’s financial security
- Gap in coverage leads to pre-existing conditions
- Medical bills unaffordable even with insurance
- Supplemental plans too expensive for our seniors
- Having insurance does not guarantee coverage when you need it most
- Cost of COBRA Unaffordable
- Insurance issue more distressing than fear of cancer itself.
Tell Your Story…
We are collecting stories related to any of the following:
- Medicaid Story (difficulty accessing care, denial of claims, “success story” explaining how Medicaid helped you in the past)
- Small Business Health Coverage Story (difficulty affording coverage for your workers, rate increases,
- Quality of Care Story (experience related to quality of care provided at hospitals or through health plan; stories on language access, culturally competent or incompetent care)
- Uninsured or Under-insured Story (difficulties or success accessing care while uninsured, limitations of coverage or access while insured, etc.)
- General Stories (related to any experience, negative or positive, with Utah health care systems)
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