Good news in Utah yesterday!
We called on you to write in public comments to the Utah Department of Health and to Medicaid.gov and to show up for public meetings to support the state’s application for Medicaid expansion to cover 16,000 of the neediest people in our state. Yesterday that limited Medicaid expansion was approved for Utah! The expansion will help Operation Rio Grande by covering mental health and drug treatment and healthcare for our most vulnerable Utahn’s, particularly those families who are experiencing homelessness. We are very excited about this small step forward! Enrollment has started immediately. Thanks to all of you who used your voice to help get this funding approved!
Enrollment has also begun for healthcare under the ACA, but the enrollment period will last just 45 days and ends on December 15th. The Trump administration has cut funding for advertising, and it is expected that enrollment will drop by over one million people. The drop in enrollment could mean that even fewer young healthy people will be included in the exchanges, causing higher premiums in order for insurance companies to stay afloat.
- Find out how to enroll for healthcare and SPREAD THE NEWS. For information on enrollment, please visit https://www.healthcare.gov/. And please share information about the enrollment period via social networks so more people will have access to health care.
Today the U.S. House will vote on extending CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), a popular and bipartisan program created by our own Senator Hatch in 1997 that provides wellness exams, immunizations, doctor visits, prescriptions and health care to more than 9 million children nationwide and nearly 20,000 Utah children. Despite promises to reauthorize CHIP, Congress allowed the program to expire a month ago. But they can still reauthorize funding and save CHIP. Without funding approval, the program in Utah is slated to run out of money by the end of the year, and programs across the country will be shut down imminently. The catch is that some congresspeople have attempted to use the must-pass CHIP bill as a vehicle for chipping away at Obamacare. This is delayed CHIP funding and caused partisan split and delay for critical CHIP funding.
- Call your U.S. representative THIS MORNING and ask them to vote YES on CHIP funding only, and to leave Obamacare debate for another day and a separate bill.
Rep. Rob Bishop (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
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