Healthcare

Hundreds of thousands of Utahns stand to be affected by upcoming changes in health care policy. The Affordable Care Act is under attack and basic health services are in danger of disappearing. The phrase “pre-existing condition” might send shivers down your spine. 

We believe that no one should have to choose between vital medical services and putting food on the table for their families. ABU continuously monitors the status of health care, both in Washington and on Utah’s Capitol Hill to keep you informed and to provide a voice for those who need it most. 

2020 BillsBetter Utah on the Hill

Press Release: Better Utah responds to Christiansen’s ultrasound bill

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Representative Steve Christiansen’s ultrasound bill was numbered. The bill, H.B. 364 Abortion Revisions, would mandate that a physician give a woman an ultrasound, describe the images produced by the ultrasound, and make the cardiac rhythm audible if …

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Press Release: Better Utah responds to full Medicaid expansion announcement

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 23, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah Department of Health announced today that the state received approval to implement one of its fallback Medicaid expansion plans from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This expansion will expand Medicaid eligibility to …

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2020 BillsBetter Utah in the News

Time for Utah to be pro-family in action, not just words

This commentary originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Recently, a group of Utah lawmakers introduced a “pro-family” bill package featuring expanded contraceptive access, comprehensive sex education, infertility coverage, childcare options and family leave policies. As a parent, I was impressed. If we are serious about wanting to be a …

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Katie Matheson: We’re paying the tax, we should get the benefit

This commentary originally appeared at sltrib.com. Read it in its entirety here. Late last week, news broke that the Trump administration will not be approving Utah’s pending Medicaid waiver. This news is kind of confusing, so let me sum it up as briefly as possible. For advocates of full Medicaid …

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Utah leaders react to the uncertain fate of the Affordable Care Act

This story originally appeared at deseret.com. Read it in its entirety here.  Utahns are watching closely as the future of the Affordable Care Act is considered by three judges on the other side of the country. A three-judge panel, two Republican-appointed and one Democrat-appointed, from the U.S. Court of Appeals …

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2019 BillsAccountability/Transparency

Press Release: Senator Vickers’ business interests reveal further issues with the Legislature’s handling of Props 2 and 3

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 23, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Yesterday, a story about Senator Vickers’ business interests in the pharmaceutical industry broke. Sen. Vickers, the Senate Majority Leader, has two family-owned pharmacies in Iron County which distribute 34 percent of the County’s opiates–more than even Walmart’s pharmacy. …

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Utah leaders react to the uncertain fate of the Affordable Care Act

This story originally appeared at deseret.com. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns are watching closely as the future of the Affordable Care Act is considered by three judges on the other side of the country. A three-judge panel, two Republican-appointed and one Democrat-appointed, from the …

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2019 BillsBetter Utah on the Hill

Press Release: Sean Reyes’ attempt to take a healthcare from Utahns heard in Federal Appeals Court

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2019 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, a federal appeals court will hear oral arguments in Texas Vs U.S. The lawsuit is backed by Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, and aims to repeal the Affordable Care Act in its entirety.  Lauren Simpson, policy director …

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