Utah Health Care Update
ACA Lawsuit The Trump-Pence administration continues to move forward with their effort to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the help of attorneys general across the country, including Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes. Their lawsuit would repeal the ACA without any backup plan or replacement. As Utah Health Policy Project pointed out, if this repeal goes through, more than 100,000 Utahns would lose coverage. Not to mention, more than one million Utahns that have a pre-existing condition—including 218,000 Utah children—could all lose or be priced out of their coverage. We know that members of the Beehive want to keep their health care.
Medicaid Update from Utah As you may recall, the Utah Legislature amended the language of the voter-approved Proposition 3 to institute a partial Medicaid expansion, rather than full expansion that voters approved. That partial expansion kicked off on April 1st, so more low-income men and women living in Utah now qualify for Medicaid (Medicaid for children, or CHIP, eligibility has not changed). We are grateful that Take Care Utah is working hard to help previously uninsured Utahns apply. This is one small bit of good news as the Trump-Pence administration tries (again) to pull the rug out from the health care system.
Title X in Utah The Trump-Pence administration is making changes to the national family planning program Title X. The Trump “gag rule” would force doctors to withhold information from their patients and will dismantle the Title X program. Planned Parenthood in Utah has been a Title X recipient since the 1980s and uses Title X funds to provide 36,000 Utahns with affordable birth control, cancer screenings, and STI testing each year. We never use Title X funding to provide abortion services and never have.
If the gag rule happened, it would be impossible for Planned Parenthood in Utah to participate in Title X. We are committed to providing our patients with the information and the care they need to make decisions about their health and live their best life. Period.
Thankfully, in a huge victory for patients and doctors, a federal district court announced it would block the Title X gag rule. Now 36,000 Utahns and 1.5 million people across the country can still access the care and information they need through Title X, our nation’s only program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care.
Judge Michael McShane of the United State District Court in Oregon announced from the bench that he would issue a preliminary injunction that blocks the Trump-Pence administration’s domestic gag rule from taking effect on May 3rd. This means that ALL Planned Parenthood affiliates will be protected from the gag rule.
Despite all these threats to health care, we’re going to continue to fight the Trump-Pence administration in court and in Congress to ensure our patients’ health and rights are protected.