UHPP is excited to announce our upcoming Health Care Solutions Conference 2016 . It will be held on December 7th 2016 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City, UT 84119). Much has happened with health care reform in Utah over the last year, so there is a lot to discuss.
Dismantling the Affordable Care Act: What Will Happen and When?
One of the first priorities of president-elect Trump and the 115th Congress will be the immediate repeal of ACA. But after that historic vote, few know what will happen next and when? Can pre-existing conditions be protected? Will premium subsidies be continued, and how will they be calculated? Will deregulation lower healthcare costs? What will happen to the uninsured rate in Utah and other states? Dismantling the ACA promises to be as complicated and contentious as its passage and our panel will explore how it could impact health reform here in Utah.
A Fresh Look at Utah’s Diversity: How has Health Reform Helped Disparities Groups and Where We Are Still Falling Short
This session will consist of three breakout sessions that look at three distinct populations in Utah that are experiencing health disparities, particularly around health care access: The Hispanic Community, The Polynesian Community, and the Refugee Community. Each session will explore 1) What the uninsured rate looks like in each community, 2) What efforts have been made to reduce the uninsured rate in each community, and 3) A discussion about strategy and how to move forward and work together to reduce the uninsured rate in those communities.
Utah’s Health Care Index - Year 2: Tracking Progress
How does Utah look one year after our first Health Care Index? While the state’s uninsured rate is dropping, albeit slower than our peer states, a closer examination reveals a growing divide. Minority children and single-parent households are doing much worse than their majority, two-parent household counterparts. Hispanic children in Utah have the highest uninsured rate in the nation, while tens of thousands of families are still caught in the coverage gap. Plus, the death toll from the growing opioid epidemic is cutting across multiple class and demographic lines—and is largely fueled by abuse of prescription medicine.
Closing the Coverage Gap in Utah: Lessons Learned from Around the Nation and the Most Likely Road Ahead for Utah.
As of now, 32 states—including D.C.—have opted to expand Medicaid, leaving only 19 states that have not yet chosen to expand. A recent study of 11 states that expanded Medicaid showed that those states have seen significant savings and revenue gains. The study concluded that other states that expand Medicaid should also expect to achieve such benefits in addition to providing large numbers of their uninsured populations with access to health care coverage. This session will track the progression of states adopting Medicaid expansion, the benefits and issues relating to expansion, and discuss how to convince the Utah Legislature to bring those benefits to Utah’s population instead of engaging in political gamesmanship at its expense.
Intergenerational Poverty: Can We Tackle Persistent Poverty Without Addressing Access to Health Care?
A stated goal of Utah's Intergenerational Poverty Initiative is to decrease future dependence on benefit programs like Medicaid and food stamps. By focusing on kids living in poverty, the initiative hopes to "reduce the number of Utah families in the cycle of poverty" in the next generation of adults. But how can we ensure that tomorrow's adults will be able to dodge the same welfare cliffs that perpetuate poverty among their parents today? After all, many Utah adults living in poverty (including thousands of parents) are ineligible for Medicaid because of the state's persistent coverage gap. Likewise, Utah has one of the nation's lowest uptake rates for children eligible for Medicaid, and nation's highest uninsured rate for Latino children. The purpose of this panel is to explore the connection between access to health care and Utah’s continuing efforts to track and address intergenerational poverty.
Ticket price includes breakfast, lunch and other refreshments.