WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Residents in West Valley City likely noticed the big flashing truck driving through the neighborhoods bearing a message for Utah legislators: Hands off Proposition 3.
The measure, which voters approved in November, is about to be replaced by Senate Bill 96, which would provide limited Medicaid expansion to cover about 70 percent of medical costs incurred by about 90,000 of Utah’s poorest citizens.
Proposition 3 originally would have expanded Medicaid to about 150,000 Utahns who are at 138% of the federal poverty level, covering 90 percent of their incurred medical costs.
Under the replacement bill, which survived a first reading this week, those who are living at the poorest levels in Utah would be referred back to the Affordable Care Act marketplace. There, they would qualify for subsidized insurance and would have to pay some out-of-pocket expenses.
The legislature has said the latter is a more fiscally responsible way of expanding Medicaid, but voters of Prop 3 disagree. The group Utah Decides, led by organizer Dawn Le, said the legislature needs to listen to the will of the people.
“Right now, people are seeing that their vote in November is being stepped all over,” said Le.
Le and supporters of Prop 3 canvassed neighborhoods hoping to convince citizens to call their representatives and urge them to vote no on the replacement bill.