Herbert hints at possible Medicaid expansion in Utah

Governor Gary Herbert says Utah will pursue some form of Medicaid expansion but he has put off announcing specifics on his decision.

Herbert announced at his monthly <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/324/2014_01_24_324_18334_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>state-wide radio broadcast</a> Thursday that “doing nothing” to expand the program was off the table. But he asked, “does that mean we have to expand Medicaid?”

“That may be the option it will come to in some form or fashion,” he continued, “but there are principles involved in what we do and we have this gap that is created by this flaw in the Affordable Care Act.

“So we have, in Utah, about 60,000 who really can’t access quality health care that are below the poverty line. Actually people who are above the poverty line have better access.”

The governor said he wants to address that gap. A state panel studying the issue recommended several options to partially expand the program. Herbert said he will announce his decision soon, possibly in his State of the State address on Wednesday.

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