Medicaid talks continue with federal officials

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Gov. Gary Herbert says his office is still negotiating with federal officials on his alternative Medicaid expansion plan.

Herbert said in a teleconference with reporters Tuesday that rather than requiring people to work in exchange for health coverage, the two sides are instead talking about having participants go through job search and training programs.

Herbert wouldn’t say whether people would have to participate in the job assistance to receive health coverage.

The federal government has offered to pick up most of the cost if states expand their Medicaid programs.

Herbert wants to instead expand by using a chunk of federal money to help people purchase private insurance plans.

An agreement with federal officials must also be approved by Utah’s Legislature

There is no deadline to approve a plan.

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