Put Utah Decides Healthcare on the 2018 ballot!

Have you all heard about the Medicaid expansion ballot initiative? Do you know why it is important? When Utah was considering expanding Medicaid in 2014, an overwhelming majority of Utahns supported this move.

The Utah Medical Association supported expansion, the Utah Hospital Association supported expanding it — actually most people who had any skin in the game supported an expansion. Yet our legislature voted against it. That meant many Utahns were unable to get health insurance. It also meant that Utahn taxpayers were sending millions of dollars to Washington to pay for Medicaid expansion and getting nothing in return.

Cut to 2017: Some brave Utahns thought believed Medicaid expansion was such an important issue that should be put to the voters. Major proponents include UT State Senator Brian Shiazowa, AARP, American Pediatric Association (Utah Chapter), Doctors for America, Utah Academy of Family Physicians and Utah Health Policy Project among many others. Oh yeah, and 2/3 of all Utahns support expanding Medicaid too.

What does the Utah Decides Healthcare ballot initiative do?

By expanding Medicaid Utah, voters can ensure affordable access to doctors and hospitals for ALL individuals and families in Utah with monthly incomes less than $2,727 for a family of four, and less than $1,337 for an individual (below 138% of the federal poverty line).

The ballot measure would raise the sales tax on non-food items in Utah from 4.7% to 4.85%—about 3 cents for every $20—to cover the cost of bringing medical care to tens of thousands of Utahns, some for the very first time.

Tens of thousands of Utahns currently fall in the healthcare coverage gap. The Utah Decides Healthcare Act would fix that. But first we must collect 113,143 signatures before April 15, 2018 to get this important initiative on the November 2018 ballot.

CALL TO ACTION

  • Collect signatures! If you would like to be involved with signature collection, even if it is only 20-40, contact us! We can give you all the tools you will need to participate. Send an email to Carrie@actionutah.org to get started.
  • Donate. Make a contribution to Utah Decides Healthcare to cover the costs of the ballot initiative.
  • Stop by and sign events! Come and sign the petition yourself (and pick up signature packets!) at any of the following dates/places:

Date: Thursday December 14th, 2017
Time7-8:30pm
Location: Anderson-Foothill Branch | 1135 S. 2100 E., SLC
What: Pickup packets to volunteer or sign the Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiative

Date: Thursday December 14th, 2017
Time4-6pm
Location: Voices for Utah Children | 747 E. S. Temple, SLC
What: Pickup packets to volunteer or sign the Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiative

Date: Monday, December 18th, 2017
Time4-6pm
Location: Utah Health Policy Project | 1832 W. Research Way, STE 60, SLC
What: Pickup packets to volunteer or sign the Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiative

Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Time4-6pm
Location: AARP Utah | 6975 S. Union Park Center #320, Midvale
What: Pickup packets to volunteer or sign the Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiative
 
Date: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Time5-8pm
Location: People’s Health Clinic | 650 Round Valley Dr., Park City
What: Pickup packets to volunteer or sign the Medicaid Expansion Ballot Initiative

Action Utah is proud to endorse the Utah Decides Healthcare ballot initiative and to help ordinary Utahns like you and me work towards something that will benefit so many in our state. Join us by signing up today!

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