The Healthy Utah Plan

05 November 2014 Published in What's New?

Voices for Utah Children is one of many Utah organizations participating in the Cover the Gap Coalition.  We support a Utah-based solution to provide better access to affordable, high-quality health insurance for all Utahns, such as the governor's Healthy Utah plan. Learn more at coverthegap.org.

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Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan is a three-year pilot program that would help 111,000 low-income Utahns to get private health insurance coverage, including 57,000 adults in the coverage gap—people whose incomes are too low to qualify for the tax credits that help wealthier people afford health insurance, yet they do not qualify for Medicaid.

healthy-Utah-working-parentsHealthy Utah would help low-income, working families with children.

There are 40,000 parents who would benefit from the Healthy Utah plan.

  • To effectively care for children, parents need their own health.
  • Parents with health insurance are more likely to insure their children.
  • Although 85% of the low-income families that would benefit from the Healthy Utah plan include at least one working adult, many of these families are only one medical bill away from financial disaster such as bankruptcy.

Learn more about how the Healthy Utah plan would benefit low-income, working families.

economyHealthy Utah would benefit Utah taxpayers and the Utah economy.

The federal funds for the Healthy Utah plan have been set aside to help poor people get affordable health coverage. If the State Legislature turns the money down, the money will be spent in other states. In Utah, we are currently losing about $770,000/day.

  • A state report estimated that bringing these federal tax dollars back to Utah would bring as much as $300 million in economic benefits to Utah during the first three years of implementation and create 1,000-2,000 new health care jobs to Utah.
  • When more Utahns have health insurance, they will be able to access preventive care, reducing the need for expensive emergency room care that results in higher health insurance premiums for everyone.
  • The Healthy Utah plan would save the Utah correction system and county governments millions of dollars in hospitalization and behavioral health costs.

Learn more about how the Healthy Utah plan would benefit taxpayers and the Utah economy.

Contact your lawmakers.

Support Utah families. Support Healthy Utah. Email Lawmakers.

Governor Herbert cannot accept federal funds for the Healthy Utah plan without the approval of the Utah Legislature.

Instead of Healthy Utah, some lawmakers have suggested:

  • Doing nothing. 
    While the government would continue to help wealthier Utahns get health insurance through tax credits, poor Utahns who do not qualify for Medicaid would get no help at all.

Click here for a simple form to help you email your local lawmakers.

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Voices for Utah Children's flier in support of Healthy Utah

What they're saying about Healthy Utah: statements from business, political and ecclesiastical leaders