Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Health Insurance Literacy Resource Hub

Enroll American has compiled an online clearinghouse of health insurance literacy resources from a wide array of organizations. Don't miss the new Health Insurance Literacy Resource Hub, a one-stop-shop chock-full of digital tools, fact sheets, handouts, and videos that empower consumers to get covered, stay covered, and use their coverage.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Salt Lake County Resource List 2014

Salt Lake County Human Rights Resource List – 2014

Right to Secure Food

Department of Workforce Services (DWS) - , 801-526-9675; Provides application assistance and administration of the Food Stamp program (SNAP). 
United Way, 2-1-1 or 1-888-826-9790; Provides information on food resources including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, and other food programs.
Utahns Against Hunger –, 801-328-2561; Provides information and assistance to low income people regarding nutritional programs, rights, and benefits of program/participants.

Right to Housing

Homeless, 1-877-864-4937; Provides a di-rectory of homeless shelters and other homeless service organizations nationwide.
Salt Lake Community Action Program -, 801-359-2444; Provides HUD counseling, home owner programs, and rental assistance.

Right to Health Services

Comunidades Unidas -, 801-487-4143; Provides health and well-being programs to members of the immigrant and refugee communities.
Consulado de M̩xico Р801-521-8502; Provides health care information and referral as well as free health screenings.
Department of Workforce Services (DWS) -, 801-526-9675; Provides application assistance for Medicaid, CHIP, and other local health insurance programs.
Take Care Utah -, 2-1-1; Access to affordable, quality, health insurance and care.

Right to Personal Safety 

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Line -, 1-855-323-3237; 24-hour hotline to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child.
Prevent Child Abuse Utah -, 801-393-3366; Works to prevent child abuse through education and training programs.
Unified Police Department -, 385-468-9669; Provides victim advocate services in domestic violence situations. 
Utah Domestic Violence Coalition,, 1-800-897-LINK (5465); Provides expertise concerning issues of domestic and sexual violence throughout Utah.

Right to Legal Justice 

American Civil Liberties Union of Utah -, 801-521-9862; Pro-vides legal assistance specific to constitutional violations such as free speech, free-dom of religion, jail/prison conditions, or police force cases.
Disability Law Center -, 801-363-1347; Provides statewide advocacy and litigation services to protect the rights of people with disabilities. 
Division of Consumer Protection -, 801-530-6601; Responds to consumer complaints of unfair and deceptive business practices. 
Utah Legal Services - 801-328-8891,; Provides representation in civil (non-criminal) legal matters for low-income persons, victims of domestic violence, senior citizens, farm workers, and Native Americans. 
Worker’s Rights Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division -, 801-530-6800; Investigates and resolves employment and housing discrimination complaints and enforces Utah’s minimum wage, wage payment requirements, and laws which protect youth in employment. 
Workers’ Compensation Fund,, 385-351-8000; Information and referral specific to workplace safety and injury.

Comprehensive Information 

United Way 2-1-1,, 2-1-1 or 1-888-826-9790; Utah’s statewide information and referral system, providing data on the most critical needs

7-1-1 -phone relay service for the deaf and hard of hearing

Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit - Registration is Now Open

It is the start of a new school year and the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs is excited to announce that registration for the third annual Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit is now open. The Summit will be held on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City from 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.

To register, please visit our website at closes on Friday, October 3, 2014. We strongly encourage attendees to register as early as possible to reserve a spot at the Summit. 

We suggest this year our target audience be 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade students. 

For more information, visit us at or contact Jenny Hor at or (801) 245-7214

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CDC Study Projects 40 Percent of Americans Will Get Diabetes

Forty percent of Americans born between 2000 and 2011 will develop diabetes in their lifetimes, a sharp increase compared to previous generations, according to a study led by researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and published in The Lancet.  The study found that the risk is even higher for certain populations, including 45 percent of Black men and more than half of all Hispanics and Black women.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How To Make Sense Of Health Insurance Alphabet Soup

The lines that distinguish HMOs, PPOs, EPOs and POS plans from one another have blurred, making it hard to know what you're buying by name alone, assuming you're one of the few people who know what an EPO is in the first place.

"Now, there's a lot of gray out there," says Sabrina Corlette, project director at Georgetown University's Center on Health Insurance Reforms.

Ideally, the plan name provides a shorthand way to determine the sort of access members have to hospitals and doctors, including cost-sharing for such treatment. But since there are of plan types and state standards vary, individual insurers often have leeway to market similar plans under different names.
In general:

  • Health maintenance organizations cover only care provided by doctors and hospitals inside the HMO's network. HMOs often require people to get a referral from their primary care physician in order to see a specialist.
  • Preferred provider organizations, or PPOs, cover care provided both inside and outside the plan's network. Patients typically pay a higher percentage of the cost for out-of-network care.
  • Exclusive provider organizations are a lot like HMOs: They generally don't cover care outside the plan's provider network. People in EPOs, however, may not need a referral to see a specialist.
  • Point of Service, or POS, plans vary, but they're often a sort of . Patients may need a referral to see a specialist, but they may also have coverage for out-of-network care, though with higher cost sharing.

Although insurers identify plans by type in the coverage summaries they're required to provide under the health law, one PPO may offer very different out-of-network coverage than another. 

"You have PPOs with really high cost sharing for out-of-network services, which from a consumer perspective seem a lot like HMOs," says Corlette. Some plans labeled as PPOs don't offer out-of-network services at all. On the other hand, some HMOs have an out-of-network option that makes them seem similar to PPOs.

Higher premiums didn't necessarily correlate with better out-of-network coverage, says , vice president at Avalere Health, a research and consulting firm.

Since you can't rely on plan type to provide clear guidance on out-of-network coverage, there are three basic questions to investigate when evaluating a plan, says Pearson:

  1. Is there out-of-network coverage?
  2. Does that out-of-network spending accrue toward your out-of-pocket maximum? Legally it doesn't have to, but some plans include it.
  3. Do you need a primary care physician gatekeeper?

That's only the beginning. Once you figure out whether a plan covers out-of-network care, it can be difficult to find out whether your doctor is even in that plan. You can check with you doctor's office, but sometimes they don't know.

You can also look at provider directories to see who is and isn't in a plan's network, however, that information frequently proved inadequate or inaccurate during the last open enrollment period. But understanding the alphabet soup of plan types is an important first step.
Read more at Kaiser Health News at

Monday, August 18, 2014

More than 50% of hospitals are using electronic health records

Adopting EHRs is the first step in a long and complex journey to an IT-enabled health care system in which technology is effectively leveraged to address ongoing cost and quality challenges.A doctor seeking information on a computer, two nurses are in the background.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CDC: Children Eating More Fruit

Total fruit consumption increased by 12 percent among children ages 2-18 between 2003 and 2010, though vegetable consumption remained unchanged, according to a study released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys; researchers concluded that no demographic group within this age range is meeting the Healthy People 2020 target for vegetables, while only children ages 2-5 are meeting the goal for fruit.