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U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in a "a bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moving forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moving forward in Appalachia; and someone is putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Report: Utah Parents Miss Out on Benefits of Medicaid Expansion

PHOTO: Utah is not among the states that expanded Medicaid. A new report says the states that opted for the expansion are now experiencing a significant increase in the number of parents with health insurance. Photo credit: California Environmental Protection Agency.
PHOTO: Utah is not among the states that expanded Medicaid. A new report says the states that opted for the expansion are now experiencing a significant increase in the number of parents with health insurance. Photo credit: California Environmental Protection Agency.
September 10, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY - Many states are seeing a significant drop in the number of parents without health insurance but, according to a new report Utah isn't one of them. The report says there's a stark contrast between the results in states that have opted to expand Medicaid, compared to those that have not.

Genevieve Kenney is co-director in the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center, which produced the "Parent Health Insurance Report." She says overall, states with expanded Medicaid have experienced a 33-percent drop in the number of uninsured parents.

"The parents in the states that have not expanded Medicaid have an uninsured rate that is close to
20 percent," Kenney says. "It's closer to 10 percent in the states that have expanded Medicaid."

Kenney says the rate of uninsured parents decreased between September 2013 and June of this year. Many states, excluding Utah, took advantage of the federal government paying for Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Lincoln Nehring is a senior health policy analyst at Voices for Utah Children. He says if Utah had expanded Medicaid, 15,000 more adults would likely have health coverage today.

"Providing health care coverage to those adults has an impact that goes beyond just making sure that single adults can get health care coverage," Nehring says. "It makes sure the family has a better chance to be healthy and financially secure."

Nehring says Voices for Utah Children is among the organizations trying to drum up support in the state Legislature for Gov. Gary Herbert's "Healthy Utah" plan, which Nehring views as a suitable alternative to Medicaid expansion.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - UT