UTAH HEALTH INSURANCE ASSOCIATION
The Utah Health Insurance Association (UHIA) is a trade association of insurance carriers doing business in the state of Utah. Member companies insure Utahns who purchase their health insurance in the commercially insured market and administer some self-funded health care plans offered in the State. UHIA is dedicated to keeping health insurance premiums affordable, maintaining a competitive private health care insurance system with limited government intrusion, and educating legislators and the general public on the principles and concepts that ensure a sound and thriving health care system in Utah.
Welcome to the UHIA website!
I'm honored to be the 2021-2022 President of this amazing trade association. We are all grateful that some of the terrible challenges of 2020 are behind us. However, we realize that the ongoing pandemic, rising health care and premium costs remain ahead of us. Despite our sometimes differing viewpoints, the member of UHIA are united in working to improve the public’s access to affordable health insurance and getting high quality affordable care. We believe that by working with our elected officials and others in the health care community, we can come up with solutions that will improve people’s health and reverse the course of rising health care premiums.
Private health insurance in Utah is not broken. Did you know that the average profit for health insurers in the US is only 3%?[i] In fact, by law, between 80-85% of all premiums must go directly to paying member’s claims.[ii] The problem with rising premiums isn’t the health insurers and that is why UHIA was formed. We understand that it will take a lot of work to tackle the rising cost of health care. UHIA works to reduce the growing cost of health care by advocating for common sense policies that help all of our members. As Gene Wilder once said, “Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.” We don’t intend too and invite other health insurance companies to join with us so that we can advocate for all of our members.
If you or your organization would like to learn more about UHIA or apply to join as a member, please contact our Executive Director, Mike Sonntag at 801-949-3023.
UHIA President 2021-2022
"Money and Medicine," a documentary set to air Sept. 25 on PBS investigates some of the most notorious drivers of U.S. health care costs. Ray Suarez speaks with Roger Weisberg, the producer and director of the film about some of the reasons these costs are driving the nation toward financial crisis -- while still producing relatively mediocre medical results.
An article in the New York Times highlights evidence showing that exorbitant prices for medical services are driving costs higher, making health care coverage more expensive for individuals, families and employers. The article identifies provider consolidation, a lack of transparency in hospital pricing, and the rising costs of drugs and medical equipment as primary factors that are increasing the costs of care.
An extremely interesting article published by Time Magazine highlights what's really driving the cost of healthcare
For years providers have pointed the finger at health insurers. However, in his article, Bill Brill, award winning journalists, puts the blame on the backs of hospitals and pharmaceuticals for rising health care cost in the United States and points out that the ACA will do little to curtail costs.