Utah governor hopes for Medicaid deal soon

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Gov. Gary Herbert says he hopes to come to an agreement on Medicaid expansion with legislators before their annual session wraps up next week.

Herbert made the comments to reporters on Tuesday while discussing his plan to expand Medicaid by seeking federal money to help 111,000 low-income Utah residents get private health coverage.

Herbert says he’s open to ideas from the House and Senate and wouldn’t be surprised if Utah’s final plan is a mix of ideas from the Legislature and his office.

The Republican governor says it’s possible the issue could be taken up during a special session.

If legislators sign on to Herbert’s proposal, he’d still need federal approval.

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