Utah Health Exchange

Utah Health Exchange
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Utah originally felt a single shopping point where consumers can compare and evaluate various health care plans was needed. The main goal was to create a consumer based health care system. Utah’s exchange was created in 2007 mainly for small business employees and was built on existing technology and build on private solutions (1). Utah […]Continue reading «Utah Health Exchange»

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Utah originally felt a single shopping point where consumers can compare and evaluate various health care plans was needed. The main goal was to create a consumer based health care system. Utah’s exchange was created in 2007 mainly for small business employees and was built on existing technology and build on private solutions (1). Utah has employed a Defined Contribution Plan that lets employees part of a group select an individual plan. The employer provides a range of plans and the employee can choose one. Currently, employers in Utah with groups of 2-50 can use the Defined Contribution Plan.  Some carriers in the system include Humana, Select Health, United Health Care, and Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield (2). 
Health exchange legislation was covered in House Bill 133 and 188 and was signed by Jon Huntsman in 2008. House Bill 294 and 128 covered additional legislation and were signed by Gary Herbert in 2010 and 2011, respectively. The Office of Consumer Health Services administers the Utah Health Exchange. An Exchange Advisory Board and Defined Contribution Risk Adjuster Board oversee decisions concerning the Exchange (2).
The ACA has not had a significant impact on the Utah Exchange as their system was already well organized and operating efficiently. Utah is currently planning on making some changes to their current system to comply with federal government regulations. In particular, changes must be made to provide coverage options for individuals and not just small businesses (1). Utah’s exchange has proven to be a great success as growth as been seen every month. Utah has built on existing technology and employed private partners to build this solution. A project called the “blueprinting” project was recently completing with the help of consulting firm Cognosante. This project was undertaken to evaluate existing technology and future needs. Utah is reluctant to tie their functioning system with the national system due to concerns of what effect this may have on the way things are going (2).
1)http://www.governing.com/topics/health-human-services/closer-look-utah-health-insurance-exchange.html 
2)www.exchange.utah.gov

 

Address

60 E. South Temple, Third Floor Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Phone

1-877-213-1993 

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