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Utah Medicaid to observe FMAP reduction in April as renewal reviews continue

| Mar 24, 2023 | Utah

On April 1st, Utah will observe a reduction in its enhanced federal matching rate (FMAP) for Medicaid from 6.2% to 5%. The rate reduction is the first in a series of decreases scheduled for the year before the enhanced FMAP ends on Jan. 1st of 2024.      Utah’s Medicaid...[ Read More ]

Utah Governor signs several bills addressing ongoing mental health crisis

| Mar 17, 2023 | Utah

Gov. Spencer Cox signed a series of measures this week aimed at addressing the state’s ongoing mental health crisis.     Utah maintains the highest levels of mental illness in the country, with more than 30% of adult Utahns experiencing anxiety or depression. A survey on maternal health showed more...[ Read More ]

Utah Legislature approves expanded eligibility for CHIP

| Mar 6, 2023 | Utah

The Utah Legislature passed Senate Bill 217 on Thursday, which would create alternative eligibility requirements for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).     The legislation authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to prioritize and enlist children who are at 200% of the FPL or below but...[ Read More ]

Utah Department of Workforce Services stands prepared for imminent Medicaid redeterminations

| Oct 27, 2022 | Utah

Officials at the Department of Workforce Services (DWS), which determines Medicaid and CHIP eligibility for the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, reported Friday how it has been systematically preparing for the unwinding of the Public Health Emergency (PHE).      The US Department of Health and Human Services...[ Read More ]

CDC recommends use of bivalent COVID-19 booster

| Sep 6, 2022 | Utah

(Salt Lake City, UT) September 1, 2022 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued recommendations for use of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 bivalent vaccines to help protect Americans from COVID-19. Also known as “updated boosters,” the vaccines target multiple strains of COVID-19—the original strain of the...[ Read More ]

Utah DHHS report acknowledges much work remains to address health inequities

| Aug 9, 2022 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) said that certain racial/ethnic minority groups continue to lag behind in vaccination and booster uptake.  According to state COVID-19 case data, Black/African American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino community members have lower rates of vaccination and booster doses compared to other...[ Read More ]