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Health Indicator Report of Medical Assistance Expenditures

Medicaid medical assistance expenditures comprise just over 80% of the annual budget of the Utah Department of Health (including both federal and state sources). As Utah's population has grown, so has the number of Utahns receiving assistance from Medicaid. The increase in Medicaid enrollees combined with increases in the costs of providing health care cause the Medicaid medical assistance expenditures to rise over time.

Total Medical Assistance Expenditures by Service Category and Fiscal Year, Utah, FY 2003-FY 2016

Data Source

Division of Medicaid and Health Finance, Utah Department of Health

Definition

Total Medical Assistance Expenditures. This includes both the Medicaid program and Medicaid Health Clinics.

Numerator

Total Medical Assistance and Medicaid Health Clinic expenditures or recipients.

Denominator

Not applicable.

How Are We Doing?

Over the past several years, initiatives to increase services to Medicaid clients, such as cancer screening, healthy mothers and babies, well child care, dental care, and assistive medical devices, have contributed to increases in overall health care utilization and Medicaid expenditures. With increasing managed care penetration have come concerns about the financial solvency of plans and financial incentives that can limit necessary care to enrollees. Oversight and support of accountability through public reporting of financial and quality performance data are more important than ever to support an accountable and competitive market.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Because of Utah's relatively healthy population, we have lower per capita total health care expenditures than most states (regardless of payor), and lower per capita Medicaid expenditures than most states.

Available Services

MEDICAID: In the Salt Lake City area, call '''(801) 538-6155'''.[[br]] In Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada, call '''toll-free 1-800-662-9651'''.[[br]] From other states, call '''(801) 538-6155'''.[[br]] ''Medicaid Customer Service staff are available to take your calls Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Thursday hours are 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Closed on all state and federal holidays.'' The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a state health insurance plan for children who do not have other insurance. It provides well-child exams, immunizations, doctor visits, hospital, emergency care, prescriptions, hearing and eye exams, mental health services and dental care. Preventative services (well-child visits, immunizations, and dental cleanings) do not require a co-pay.[[br]] For more information, call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669) or visit the [http://www.health.utah.gov/chip CHIP website]. Apply online, mail in an application or visit a DWS office. PCN (Primary Care Network) provides limited benefits for adults who qualify. PCN covers basic preventive services (primary care doctor visits, immunizations, prescriptions, basic dental care and an annual eye exam). Applications are only accepted during open enrollment sessions. Call 1-888-222-2542 or visit the [http://www.health.utah.gov/pcn PCN website] for more information.
Page Content Updated On 02/14/2016, Published on 02/14/2017
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