State health care information for the criminal justice system

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This map of state health information for criminal justice practitioners is funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse its content (including, without limitation, any of the information links to other websites provide).

 

For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

Basic Information on Health Reform in Utah

Utah has chosen not to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income adults, as of January 2015.[i]  Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are the safety net health benefit programs available.[ii]

Health Insurance Exchange Information: Utah has a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM).[iii]  People can use the FFM to compare plans, purchase low-cost insurance, and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that apply.

Eligibility and Enrollment: People in Utah can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th.  If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are two ways people in Utah can see if they meet eligibility requirements and apply for or enroll in these benefits:

1) They can use Utah’s online application for free or low cost health benefits.  For a link to the application: https://medicaid.utah.gov/apply-medicaid.[iv]

2) They can use the online application on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.[v]

 

Utah Medicaid and Health Insurance Links

Link to the state Medicaid agency website for more information on Medicaid and for application forms to download and print[vi]

Link to important contact information and the Medicaid helpline number (1-800-662-9651, Mon. – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. -Thursday hours are 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) [vii]

Link to a map with locations and contact information for the nearest local Public Health Office[viii]

Link to a summary of Utah’s basic eligibility guidelines[ix]

Link to information on Utah’s Medicaid State Plan[x]

Link to the Medicaid member information and a summary of covered services[xi]

Link to an organizational chart of the Utah Medicaid Agency[xii]

Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director [xiii]

Link to the Medicaid provider manual[xiv]

 

Where do you apply for coverage on Utah’s health insurance exchange? To apply visit Healthcare.gov[xv]

Where can you find help to enrollment in health coverage and answers to questions? Link to enrollment help [xvi]

If you are looking for in-person assistance for help with a Medicaid, CHIP, or ACA application, you can go to Take Care Utah, and type in your zip code to get the nearest in-person assister to you, or you can call “2-1-1” for direct help from anywhere in the state of Utah.

 

State Health Information

How many people in Utah are eligible to participate?  According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 14% of Utah’s population (402,124) was uninsured in 2013. The total number of potential marketplace participants is 376,000.[xvii]

How many are enrolled so far?  116,423 individuals have selected a plan as of January 2015.[xviii]

How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 56,000 of Utah’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid; 10,000 of them are adults, as of November 2014.[xix]

Is Utah a Medicaid health home state?  No.

Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?

House: Rep. Kay L. McIff (R-District 70), chairs the Health & Human Service Committee.

Senate: Sen. Evan J. Vickers (R-District 28) chairs the Health & Human Services Committee.[xx]

 

Other Related Information and Links for Utah

Link to information on the Utah Department of Corrections[xxi]

Link to the Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder Services[xxii]

Link to information about Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Mental Health Services[xxiii]

Link to Utah Behavioral Healthcare Network to get information about Utah’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers

 

General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for Utah [xxiv]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxv]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxvi]

 

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxvii]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help and information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxviii]

Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxix]

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxx]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxxi]

SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxxii]

 

Click here to return to the map of state profiles: state-by-state healthcare profile map

 

[i] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by State, Utah, last viewed on December 15, 2014, at 9:39 a.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/utah.html.

[ii] See HealthCare.gov, Find out if you qualify for Medicaid and CHIP, Utah, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:04 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/eligibility/.

[iii] See Kaiser Family Foundation, State Decisions on Health Insurance Marketplaces and the Medicaid Expansion, last viewed on December 18, 2014 at 3:52 p.m. http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-decisions-for-creating-health-insurance-exchanges-and-expanding-medicaid/.

[iv] See Utah Department of Health Medicaid, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:16 p.m., https://medicaid.utah.gov/apply-medicaid.

[v] See HealthCare.gov, Get Coverage, Utah, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 1:17 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/.

[vi] See Utah Department of Health Medicaid, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 1:22 p.m., https://medicaid.utah.gov.

[vii] See Utah Department of Health Medicaid, Contact Utah Medicaid, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 1:22 p.m., https://medicaid.utah.gov/contact.

[viii] See Utah Local Health Departments, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 1:28 p.m., http://health.utah.gov/disparities/healthcareinutah/UtahProviders/LHD.pdf.

[ix] See Utah Department of Health Medicaid, Who is Eligible, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 1:34 p.m., https://medicaid.utah.gov/who-eligible.

[x] See Utah Department of Health, State Plan, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 1:40 p.m., http://health.utah.gov/medicaid/stplan/.

[xi] See Utah Department of Health, Programs and Services, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 1:49 p.m., https://medicaid.utah.gov/programs-and-services.

[xii] See Utah Department of Health, Utah State Government Organization Chart, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 1:52 p.m., http://le.utah.gov/lrgc/StateOrganizationCharts2012.pdf.

[xiii] See Utah Department of Health, Contact Us, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., http://health.utah.gov/contact/.

[xiv] See Utah Department of Health Medicaid, Utah Medicaid Official Publications, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:06 p.m., https://medicaid.utah.gov/utah-medicaid-official-publications.

[xv] See HealthCare.gov, Get Coverage, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:19 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/get-coverage/.

[xvi]See HealthCare.gov, Get Answers, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:22 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/get-answers/.

[xvii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, How Will the Uninsured in Utah Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:15 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-Utah/.

[xviii] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Data, Table 1A: Medicaid and CHIP: August and September 2014 Monthly Enrollment Updated November 2014, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:23 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/program-information/downloads/updated-september-2014-enrollment-data.pdf.

[xix] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, How Will the Uninsured in Utah Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:15 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-Utah/.

[xx] See Utah State Legislature, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:38 p.m., http://le.utah.gov/asp/interim/Commit.asp?Year=2015&Com=SSTHHS.

[xxi] See Utah Department of Corrections, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:42 p.m., http://www.corrections.utah.gov.

[xxii] See Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:50 p.m., http://dsamh.utah.gov.

[xxiii] See Utah Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health, last viewed at January 11, 2015, at 2:50 p.m., http://dsamh.utah.gov.

[xxiv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=UT.

[xxv]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxvi]   See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxvii]   See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.

[xxviii]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.

[xxix] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.

[xxx] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.

xxxii  See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

xxxiii See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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