- Exchanges: The Utah Health Exchange is administered by the Office of Consumer Health Services. State law requires the Utah exchange operate with input from both the Exchange Advisory Board and the Defined Contribution Risk Adjuster Board. Utah is currently planning for legislative adjustments to its exchange so as to comply with federal ACA regulation. They had previously lobbied for an exemption.
- Essential Health Benefits: The Utah Legislature’s Health System Reform Task Force endorsed the Utah Basic Plus plan as the state’s EHB benchmark in August. Utah Basic Plus is a high-deductible plan created for state employees providing catastrophic coverage.
- Medicaid Expansion: Governor Herbert’s office said in November that no official decision had yet been made on Medicaid expansion.
- Medicare Advantage Enrollment: Utah currently has 102,417 seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in Medicare Advantage, or about 33% of all Medicare beneficiaries.
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