Rural Utah Needs Medicaid Expansion
Nationally, since the introduction of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, the uninsured rate for American’s under the age of 65 has fallen dramatically from 18.2% to 10.4%. This is great news overall for public health! However, the drop in uninsured people was not consistent across all states. In states that did not opt to expand Medicaid, uninsured rates have dropped at about half the rate of the states that did expand Medicaid.
Insurance coverage for some people benefits all of us
By expanding the patient base, Medicaid helps prevent hospitals and clinics from closing, maintaining access to care as well as employment for many residents. This is especially pertinent in Utah’s rural areas, where provider shortages are common. In these areas, Medicaid expansion is not just about the individuals, the entire community has a stake in expansion.
Expansion is especially important in a highly rural state like Utah, where the difference in insured rates between rural and metropolitan areas is the second highest in the country.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Vote yes on Proposition 3: Utah Decides to expand Medicaid in Utah. Vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked by Nov 5, early in-person voting is Oct 23 through Nov 2, and the general election is Nov 6.
- Spread the word to other voters that you support Prop 3 by adding a Facebook frame to your profile or liking and sharing posts from Prop 3 (@prop3utah) on Facebook.
- Volunteer for a Prop 3 phone bank! Join Action Utah’s phone bank on Nov 2 or sign up for other phone bank events. More info here.
For more information:
- Read the report at Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.
- Learn more about Medicaid Expansion in Utah at Utah Decides Healthcare.
- Watch Action Utah’s “What’s On Your Ballot? Medicaid Expansion (Prop 3)“, with a panel of local advocates discussing why Prop 3 matters in Utah.