This afternoon Governor Herbert revealed his proposal for an alternative to Medicaid expansion, a Utah model which includes using federal funds to enroll individuals up to 138% of the federal poverty line (around 110,000 people) in the private insurance market. This 3 year pilot program includes requirements for cost sharing amount of coverage depends on four factors:
- Ability to work
- Household income
- Access to employer or family health insurance
- Individual health care needs
While the details are still be worked out and revealed, I am optimistic that Utah citizens may have a proposal on the table that addresses the needs of the “least among us” and allows us to meet those needs in a fiscally responsible, Utah way.
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