Blog Post

Insight: Concerns About Affordability Continue to Frame Utah’s Changing Health Care Coverage Landscape

By: Melanie Beagley

The last decade saw significant changes to the health care coverage landscape in Utah and across the U.S. The passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ushered in efforts to expand health care coverage to population groups historically uninsured or underinsured, including households living near or below the federal poverty level and young adults. It also supported certain employers in providing health care coverage to their employees[i],[ii] and prohibited health plans from denying coverage based on preexisting conditions.[iii]

In January 2020, Utah implemented Medicaid expansion, extending Medicaid eligibility to new population groups including low-income adults with income just above the federal poverty level. A few months later, the federal public health emergency (PHE) was declared in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fed