Better UTAH debuts documentary, Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap


Salt Lake City —  Better UTAH will be hosting a special debut screening of the documentary, Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap, a film by two University of Utah medical students, Spencer Merrick and John Sanchez, to share just a few stories of the 53,000 Utahns who, after 5 years, are #StillWaiting for healthcare coverage.

Josh Kanter, Board President of Better Utah said “It was an easy decision to support Spencer Merrick and John Sanchez, as they undertook such a courageous endeavor to push awareness of the urgency for legislative action on Medicaid expansion in Utah. Over the past years, the Utah legislature has missed deadlines and squandered opportunities to help these Utahns. With the recently announced framework for a solution, it is past time to conclude this process, turn the framework into a plan, and provide these Utahns with the access to the healthcare system that they so desperately need.”

Lauren Howells, Better Utah’s Karen Shepherd Fellow, said “It has been a pleasure to work so closely with the medical students who conceived and created this wonderful documentary to bring attention to those who fall in the Medicaid coverage gap and who need access to healthcare. Their vision and dedication is admirable as they have fought to bring this project to fruition. We at Better Utah are thrilled to have been able to team up with these students and to have been a part of this exciting project.”

Media are invited to attend the film and the dessert reception to follow.

WHO:       Better UTAH & Spencer Merrick & John Sanchez

WHAT:     Film screening: “Donut Hole: Life in the Medicaid Coverage Gap

WHERE:   University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

WHEN:      Today, Sept. 1st  @ 7:00 pm

(Doors open at 6:30, screening 7:00, panel 8:00, dessert reception 8:30)



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