In a few days the Utah Legislature will begin its 2016 session and local State Representative Curt Webb, R-District 5, says he’s looking forward to it once again representing Cache County.
Webb says the bills he is sponsoring are all connected with business but he thinks those that will get the most attention will deal with Medicaid expansion. He says a lot of people are pushing for Medicaid expansion but he wonders if they want taxes raised in order to pay for it.
Meanwhile, Webb says, the costs of health care have kept going up.
“Arches was an example of a new insurance company that thought the (Affordable Care Act) model was going to work,” Webb says, “that is that there would be enough people come into the market so that the risk was spread out and the rates would actually come down.
“But it turns out the risk has been higher, they haven’t collected enough premiums to cover the problems, the federal government promised them money to cover those problems, and then the federal government did not give them adequate funding. The whole model has fallen apart in that particular instance.”
Webb says the legislature has simply got to look for solutions to this problem. The Utah legislature convenes for its annual session on Monday, January 25.