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Don't Deny the Gap

One theme common to arguments against closing Utah’s coverage gap is that the people affected by the gap don’t exist. Trust us. They exist. And they want to be covered. Over 57,000 Utahns live without access to affordable health insurance right now.

UHPP and our community partners are readying a multifaceted campaign to encourage Utah legislators to find solutions to our state’s coverage gap. We’ll deliver more numbers, stories, budgets, charts, surveys, and talking points to shape this issue at the Utah Capitol and across the state. Given that 76% of Utah voters support using federal funds to close the coverage gap, we believe we’re standing on solid ground.
The campaign begins next Tuesday (June 3rd) with the free screening of Entitled to Life, a documentary film about Utah’s coverage gap, at the Broadway Theater in downtown Salt Lake City. (RSVP here)
But before we begin, it’s always helpful to know what we’re up against. So we’ve summarized the top seven arguments against closing Utah’s coverage gap—and our responses to them.
 
Read all seven reasons here

Film Screening

See stories from inside Utah’s coverage gap at the Broadway Theater on June 3rd
Read more here
RSVP here
Watch the trailer here

Have Job, No Insurance

66% of Utahns in the coverage gap are working one or more jobs. Find out where in this recent report released by UHPP and Families USA.
(pdf)
(mp3)
(press release)

PCN Opens June 2nd

Several thousand uninsured adults in Utah’s coverage gap can access limited insurance soon.

Read more here

How We Did It

Why did Obamacare work in Utah?
This op-chart explains how it happened.

Review the timeline
Read the article

“I exist in this gap. And I am not alone."

A funny thing happened at last week’s Health Reform Task Force meeting.
Someone from Utah’s coverage gap spoke up.
Listen to the audio
Read the transcript

Who Can Enroll Now?

Take Care Utah explains who can sign up for insurance this summer.
SEP Poster (Eng)
Lost policy (Eng)(Spn)
Got married (Eng)(Spn)
Access the full calendar here

Health Care Roundtable
>>A bi-weekly (1st and 3rd Wednesdays) gathering of advocates, stakeholders, and others interested in health policy and legislation in Utah, especially Medicaid Expansion
 
 >>Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Organization: Health Care Roundtable
Location: Utah Cancer Society (941 E 3300 S, SLC UT 84106) (map)
Time: 1:15pm-2:15pm
Contact:  RyLee Curtis, rylee-at-healthpolicyproject.org
 
>>Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Organization: Health Care Roundtable
Location: Utah State Capitol - Senate Office Bldg. - Olmsted Room (map)
Time: 1:15pm-2:15pm
Contact:  RyLee Curtis, rylee-at-healthpolicyproject.org
 
>>Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Free Screening of Entitled to Life
Location: Broadway Theatre, 111 E. 300 S., Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Cost: Free
RSVP here: http://goo.gl/2Qsbz5
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYeSL9sZwns
 
ACA Timeline
August-September 2014
Utah insurance companies set rates for 2015 insurance policies offered on healthcare.gov
 
November 15, 2014
Open enrollment begins on Healthcare.gov for 2015 insurance plans
 
Upcoming Health Reform 101 Presentations
In 2013-14 UHPP has made over 120 educational presentations about health reform to more than 5,200 people. To schedule a presentation for your group or organization, email Jason Stevenson at stevenson@healthpolicyproject.org, or call 801-433-2299 x7
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Organization: Utah Dept. of Health / HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement
Time: 11:30am
Location: Conference call on health coverage for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors
 
Monday, June 3, 2014
Organization: Intermountain Healthcare Clinic Managers
Time: 8am-9am; 1pm-2pm
Location: Peery's Egyptian Theater, 2415 Washington Blvd, Ogden, Utah

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Organization: Summit Pediatrics
Time: 1pm-2pm
Location: Summit Pediatrics, Park City, Utah
 

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