Initiative seeks to expand Medicaid coverage in state


One initiative that got onto the ballot in the state of Utah this year involves Medicaid expansion. It is backed by an organization that calls itself ‘Utah Decides’. Analyst Stacy Stanford of the Utah Health Policy project was a guest on KVNU’s For the People program this past Thursday and said her organization has been big backers of this initiative.

“Starting with the Utah Decides Healthcare ballot initiative, this is a full Medicaid expansion as was intended under the Affordable Care Act, how it was written. So what means, basically, is that we don’t have to request a waiver and don’t have to sit and wait for permission from the Trump administration,” explained Stanford.

“If the voters approve this, then…that’s it. There’s no step B where we file the waiver and step C where we wait for approval and all of that.”

She said under the current plan, 100,000 to 150,000 Utahn’s who are earning less than $17,000 a year are not allowed to have health insurance, they can’t go on the individual market and get a plan, they can’t sign up for Medicaid and don’t have any options. You can get more information on the ballot initiative at


Stacy Stanford, Health Policy Analyst, Utah Health Policy Project talks to FTP host Jason Williams

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