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Across the country pregnancy-related maternal mortality has been on the rise in recent years.

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Utah’s long waited Medicaid expansion proposal will move ahead. Officials received word from the federal government today that the state has received approval with the first stage of its Medicaid expansion plan, which is slated to start on Monday, April 1.

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Enrollment for Utah’s long-awaited Medicaid expansion starts in less than two weeks. State officials are optimistic that things will go smoothly but they’re still waiting for approval of their plan from the federal government.

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Scooping out another large spoonful of raw dough, Jackson Dopp stood in the kitchen of his parents’ Layton home, making chocolate chip cookies on a recent Thursday afternoon. He had other ideas in mind besides the plan to deliver cookies to their neighbors.

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Utah’s legislative session begins Monday, on the heels of a special session rewriting a voter-approved ballot initiative expanding access to medical marijuana, and many voters fear lawmakers will modify another ballot measure to expand Medicaid.

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For the first time in nearly a decade, fewer kids in Utah have health coverage, according to a new report from Georgetown University. KUER's Erik Neumann spoke with Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families about the new report and what's behind this trend. 

If you’re poor and you get really sick in Idaho, your health care options might be really different than say, if you live in Colorado or Montana.

 


Medicaid Initiative Is One Step Close To The Ballot

May 4, 2018
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Organizers behind an initiative to fully expand Medicaid in the state say they have enough signatures to get it on the ballot in November. 

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Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill into law that could expand Medicaid health coverage to around 60,000 Utahns. 

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The 2018 Utah legislative session ends Thursday night, and lawmakers are passing bills at a breakneck pace. More than 60 were passed on Tuesday alone. Here’s a look at some of them:

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A bill making its way quickly through the Utah legislature could create the largest Medicaid expansion in the state in years. That’s the state and federal low-income health insurance program. But, it comes with a catch.

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For the first time the federal government has allowed states to develop work requirements for people on Medicaid, the low-income government health insurance program. It’s a big change, requiring people to work in exchange for health care. Utah is one of 10 states that applied to do it. At least one bill in the legislature is sketching out what work requirements could look like.

A Utah lawmaker has proposed a bill that would restrict legal immigrant children from accessing health care through Medicaid and CHIP.

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Expanding Medicaid has long been a controversial subject in Utah. But a new poll shows a majority of Utahns support greater access to low-income health insurance under an upcoming citizen ballot initiative. 

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Officials have announced that a small-scale Medicaid expansion request in Utah was approved by the federal government. For lawmakers focused on difficult problems like homelessness and drug addiction, it was a time to celebrate. 

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At least four ballot initiatives are expected to go before voters next year - and there might soon be a fifth.

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This week marks the 6th anniversary of the Patient Bill of Rights, which guaranteed people with preexisting conditions could get health insurance. Utah Democrats used the occasion to again call on Utah Republicans, who make up the majority of the state legislature, to pass full Medicaid expansion.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill into law today that expands Medicaid coverage to the poorest among Utah’s population. 

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After several years of debate, the Utah legislature has approved a partial Medicaid expansion, but Democratic lawmakers say they’re not done with this issue yet.

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The Utah Senate voted Tuesday to expand the state’s Medicaid program, but only to cover a small population living in extreme poverty. 

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The state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would provide Medicaid benefits to a limited number of Utahns in poverty. Most House Republicans supported the measure, but Democrats were conflicted.

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Democrats are opposing a bill that would extend Medicaid benefits to a limited number of Utahns in poverty. They say it doesn’t go far enough, but the Republican plan doesn’t need support from the minority party to pass.

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A House committee approved a limited Medicaid expansion bill Monday afternoon, but health care advocates around the state are not all unified in support.

Budget analysts have given the Utah Legislature updated estimates for how much money the state is bringing in.

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Medicaid expansion is under consideration again at the Utah legislature. Advocates and members of the public showed up in force Thursday morning for a committee meeting on the issue.

A Democratic lawmaker is working on legislation that would allow Utah voters to weigh in on expanding Medicaid in the state.

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As another Utah legislative session gets underway, the question remains whether lawmakers will expand Medicaid.

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 The University of Utah School of Dentistry says it will help pay for dental services provided to disabled and blind patients if the state returns to offering them through Medicaid.  

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Governor Gary Herbert has appointed a new inspector general of Medicaid services in Utah.

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The latest proposal to expand Medicaid in Utah was overwhelmingly rejected by Republicans in the House of Representatives this week, but lawmakers may have a way forward. 

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