A year ago, voters in Utah approved Medicaid expansion via the ballot initiative process. Now, one year later with the controversy that has existed over legislators rewriting the initiative, where do things stand today? On KVNU’s For the People program last week, Stacy Stanford of the Utah Health Policy Project said there are still a lot of unknowns, but it has been a bumpy road for the plan that the legislature rolled out.
“They needed to request a series of waivers in order to make the changes to the Medicaid expansion that they wanted to. Two of those main things that they were looking for were rejected by the Trump administration, and more than that, they were preemptively rejected. (They) were kind of told ‘whoa, whoa, whoa before you even finish asking for this, it’s a no.’ So, that was pretty embarrassing for leaders in the state,” she said.
Stanford said the positive thing is they do have eligibility for people up to 100 % of the poverty line, which is about $1,ooo/month for an individual. She invites any who are interested to attend the annual conference: Health Care Solutions for Utahns 2019, which will be held December 11th in West Valley City. You can get more information at healthpolicyproject.org. You can hear the entire interview with Stanford below.
AUDIO: Stacy Stanford of Utah Health Policy Project talks to Jason Williams on KVNU’s For the People