Utah Medicaid expansion approved

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News)- Utah’s Medicaid program is expanding to up to 90,000 adults.

Under the new plan, Utah residents who earn up to 100 percent of the federal poverty level, about $12,492 for one or $25,752 for a family of four, will be eligible to receive full Medicaid benefits.

Those who are eligible can begin applying on Monday, April 1.

Later this spring, at the direction of Senate Bill 96, the Utah Department of Health will submit a second request to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to increase the federal share of the cost of the program to 90 percent. The federal share is currently 70 percent.

The second request will include additional provisions such as a cap on federal funding, the ability to provide housing supports, and allowing up to 12 months of continuous eligibility.

To be eligible for the new program, individuals must be a Utah resident between the ages of 19 and 64, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and meet income requirements.

Information on how to apply for Medicaid can be found here.

The Sutherland Institute commended the legislature and Governor Herbert for their work on the issue. 

“This is a good thing for Utah families, taxpayers, and the state’s most vulnerable populations,” Monson said. “The new work requirements in Medicaid will help low-income, vulnerable families climb out of poverty and the enrollment cap will protect taxpayers from unpredictable Medicaid costs,” said Derek Monson, Sutherland Institute’s VP of Policy. 

Opponents say the federal waiver leaves too many without health insurance. Utah Decides Healthcare spokesperson Andrew Roberts issued the following statement: 

“This waiver leaves more than 50,000 Utahns without health insurance and sends billions of our tax dollars back to Washington. In their rush to overturn the will of voters, politicians cooked up a backroom deal that leaves us paying three-times as much per person covered.”

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