Many faith leaders in Utah have been vocal about encouraging lawmakers to expand Medicaid in the state. But the dominant faith – the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – has been silent when it comes to the Affordable Care Act. In the meantime, one LDS ward in downtown Salt Lake City is quietly working to help congregants get access to health insurance.
The 12th ward lies in the inner city of Salt Lake. Bishop David Heslington says his congregation is a diverse mix of retired citizens, middle-aged professionals, young families, and a lot of people struggling with addiction.