In May's Health Matters: Exchange Decision Analysis | Medicaid Team Works Harder | Power-Brokers in Utah | Ask a Navigator | Best Articles

Five Ways to View A Decision

Last Friday Utah and the federal government agreed on a split model to separate the insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. Here are five reasons why this decision matters—or doesn’t—will rescue Avenue H—messes everything up—or won't last the year.
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Medicaid Team Gets to Work

Grab your calendar to write down all Medicaid expansion events this month—from workgroup and U4ME meetings to special events you won’t want to miss.
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Dear Navigator:

My worthless brother-in-law says that health insurance is for sissies. Am I a sissy for wanting health insurance through Obamacare? Or is my brother-in-law as useless as my mom says he is?
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Measuring Quality in Utah Medicaid

Utah’s Department of Health moves ahead with stakeholder process to identify 25 ways to measure quality-of-care--and the next steps to make them stick.
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Documents Approving Utah Exchanges

It took three months of negotiations--but Utah finally achieved its goal of operating Avenue H as the state's ACA-compliant small business exchange. Read Gov. Herbert's May 9th letter to HHS, plus the official federal response to the plan. 

Best Articles We’ve Read This Month

Here are the best and brightest health reform articles we’ve read since the last newsletter. It’s as simple as Point, Click, and Learn.
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Medicaid Expansion Power Players

UHPP hosts two forums in May with nationally-recognized experts. The goal: To raise Utah’s Medicaid Expansion discussion to a higher level.
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UHPP Fundraiser on May 23rd

What’s better than a ton of chocolate? A ton of chocolate FOR people who support UHPP! Purchase tickets for our spring fundraiser on Thursday, May 23rd
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No Wrong Doors for Enrollment

To make the enrollment process as simple and streamlined as possible for both navigators and consumers, UHPP is developing a shared database that connects all the dots and minimizes duplication.
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Executive Appropriations Committee
(Legislative Leadership)
Tuesday, May 14, 1:00 PM          
Location: Room 445 State Capitol (map)
Senator Lyle Hillyard, Senate Chair
Representative Mel Brown, House Chair
(Calendar Link)
Agenda Hot Spots: 5-Year Budget Projections, in-depth budget review
Why this committee is important: Since Medicaid takes up such a significant portion of the state budget pie, any in-depth look at the budget and priority setting could significantly impact our ability to pay for or sustain worthy Medicaid investments.
Health and Human Services Interim Committee
Wednesday, May 15, 9:00 AM   
Location: Room 20 House Bldg (map)
Agenda Hot Spots: Community Health Worker Concept for Legislation, Long-Term Care Insurance
Health System Reform Task Force
(First meeting of interim session)
Thursday, May 16, 9:00 AM        
Location: 30 House Building (map)
Senator Allen M. Christensen, Senate Chair
Representative James A. Dunnigan, House Chair
(Calendar Link)
Agenda Hot Spots: Overview of Utah and Federal Health Reform, ACA Implementation.
Real Exchange Utah (RxUtah)
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time: 12:45pm-2:15pm
Location: United Way of Salt Lake (257 East 200 South, Suite #300)
-Update on Utah exchange decision
- Interactive workshop on ACA outreach and training (all are invited)
ACA Outreach & Presentation Training
At the next RXUtah meeting
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time: 12:45pm-2:15pm
Location: United Way of Salt Lake (257 East 200 South, Suite #300)
-Interactive workshop on ACA outreach and training
Medicaid Expansion Community Workgroup
Date: Thursday May 23, 2013
Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Location: Capitol Board Room (2nd floor), Utah State Capitol (map)
Note: The Medicaid expansion study may be unveiled at this meeting—if it is ready (fingers-crossed)

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