State Leaders Announce Framework for Medicaid Expansion


July 17, 2015


Aimee Edwards


Greg Hartley

Ric Cantrell




SALT LAKE CITY – Utah State leaders announced today that they have found consensus around a conceptual framework for Medicaid Expansion.


The group has continued meeting since the close of the 2015 General Legislative Session to find a resolution to the ‘coverage gap’ created by Obamacare. The key principles they are working to address include coverage for those most in need, data accuracy regarding assumptions and projections, sustainability and protecting other critical areas of our state budget.


The framework of this proposal provides coverage for a population up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level utilizing the greatest return of Utah taxpayer dollars through the ACA. It protects the State from cost overruns through a formulaic funding model allowing providers and benefactors of Medicaid dollars to pay their share, and is sustainable for many years to follow.


Speaker of the House Greg Hughes said, “It is important that we develop a solution that is in the best interest of all Utahns.  If we can provide health coverage for those most in need while protecting other critical areas of our state budget, like public education, I believe we will have a model for other states to follow.”


“None of this process has been easy,” said Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, “but the negotiations have been professional and pleasant. This agreement holds out hope that Utah’s compassion can harmonize with her common sense and be fiscally sustainable over the long term.”


Gov. Gary R. Herbert said, “I appreciate the process we have engaged in with House and Senate leaders in finding compromise on this important issue. There is still work to be done, but I believe we now have a framework in place that will provide care for Utahns most in need while being responsible with limited taxpayer funds.”


The group will meet with stakeholders and policy makers in the coming weeks. Once a formal draft is produced, they will identify specific dates for public hearings through legislative committees and a special legislative session.

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House Business and Labor Committee advances H.B. 446

House Business and Labor Committee advances H.B. 446

House Business and Labor Committee advances H.B. 446


SALT LAKE CITY (03/04/2015) On Wednesday night the House Business and Labor Committee heard testimony on the merits of both Healthy Utah, S.B. 164 and Utah Cares, H.B. 446. After thoughtful deliberation, the committee voted to advance H.B. 446 to the House floor reaffirming the House’s commitment to a responsible and sustainable approach to Medicaid.


“We appreciate the committee and their recommendation, and look forward to a robust floor debate. Anyone monitoring tonight’s hearings had to come away impressed knowing that House members have a firm grasp on this complicated issue and their decision was not rendered in an information vacuum,” said House Speaker Greg Hughes.


“Members of the Utah House of Representatives showed their long-term commitment to their constituents,” said Hughes. “The Utah Cares proposal is a responsible, sustainable generational decision that covers all those in the gap created by the ACA, without expanding into Obamacare.”


Health Reform Task Force Recommendations

Health Reform Task Force Recommendations

December 18, 2014


SALT LAKE CITY  – The incoming Utah House Majority leadership team issued the following statement regarding the recommendations from the Health Reform Task Force:
“After two years of careful study the recommendations from the Health Reform Task Force speak for themselves. We applaud their efforts and will use these recommendations to inform the process the legislature is about to begin. Consideration and a careful eye for those in need is a responsibility we all share and one we take seriously.”
Medicaid expansion will be a key issue that will be discussed during the upcoming General Legislative Session.