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Utah and its Health Care System on Thursday's Access Utah

How do we control health care costs, reduce the numbers of uninsured Utahns, ensure high quality health care, and provide for a sound economy?  Governor Herbert and Utah legislators are grappling with those questions and deciding how to implement the Affordable Care Act and whether to expand Medicaid. 

In the first half, we’ll explore health care issues with Robert Spendlove, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Herbert; Jason Stevenson, Education and Communications Director with the Utah Health Policy Project; and "Henry," a financial services entrepreneur.  In the second half, we'll focus in on Medicaid. Our guests include C. Reed Ernstrom, CEO of Bear River Mental Health Services; Matt Slonaker, UHPP Medicaid Policy and Collaborations Director; and Pat Fleming, Director of Salt Lake County Division of Substance Abuse Services.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.