SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – A bill designed to amend and repeal sections of Utah’s Medicaid expansion proposition passed on a party 6-2 vote Tuesday afternoon
Senate Bill 96, Medicaid Expansion Adjustments, would direct the Department of Health to seek approval from the federal government to implement the Medicaid waiver expansion and makes changes for those eligible for Medicaid.
Those eligibility changes include placing a cap on those making up to 95 percent of the poverty line. The original expansion would allow households making up to 138 percent of the poverty line to enroll in the healthcare plan and would not require a federal waiver.
The bill would also keep the sales tax increase of 0.15 percent and maintain the April 1 start date.
Stacy Stanford, a health policy analyst for the Utah Health Policy Project, at testified at the committee hearing and said, “Utahns didn’t vote for caps or delays or red tape. We voted for full expansion. With no strings attached and no waivers.”
Senate Bill 96 now moves onto a full vote.