Medicaid costs – the fastest growing cost in the state budget – have gone from 9 to 10 percent of the budget to approximately 20 percent, said Gov. Gary Herbert. Unless something changes, Herbert said that number will reach 30 percent by 2020. On the governor’s radio news program Tuesday, Herbert said he went to Washington several weeks ago to lobby for going “paperless” with the Medicaid budget, which he said would save close to $6.3 million with the volunteer program. “Unfortunately for us, the federal government turned us down and said ‘no, we won’t let you go paperless,’ and they sent the denial by e-mail, of all things,” Herbert said. “So we’re working actually right now with the current administration. I’ve actually spoken to President Obama about this very issue, and Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health, and I think we’re in the process of actually doing something, that we’ll be the leader on going paperless here in Utah.” Herbert said in order to qualify for Medicaid, the potential recipients have to be able to show proof that they meet the income guidelines.
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