After 5 years of legislative attempts and failures to fully expand Medicaid, a citizen initiative called Proposition 3: Utah Decides Healthcare was passed by a majority of voters and legislative districts. Now some legislators want to repeal and replace Prop 3 with a different version of Medicaid expansion that would include per capita caps, work requirements and a risky gamble for a necessary waiver that the federal government is unlikely to grant.
If the waiver is not granted, Medicaid will not be expanded, and 100,000 will lose out on the ability to get healthcare. Under Prop 3, on the other hand, Medicaid expansion is guaranteed to start on April 1st with a sustainable funding mechanism in place.
Senators will hear and vote on the repeal and replace bill TOMORROW afternoon in the Senate Health and Human Services committee. Let’s make sure they vote NO on SB 96: Medicaid Expansion Amendments!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Ask legislators to vote NO on SB 96! Voters should contact both the Senate Committee members AND your two legislators. Action Utah makes it easy: Click here to contact the committee BEFORE 2PM ON TUES, 1/29. Click here to contact your two legislators.
- Attend the Rally Against Repeal TODAY – 3:30p in the State Capitol Rotunda.
- Attend the committee hearing tomorrow. Committee hearings are open to the public. Sit in the room to show your concern about SB 96. Do you have a strong personal story about why repeal and replace would impact you or a loved one? Consider making a public comment to legislators during the hearing! The Senate Health & Human Services Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 29 at 2:00p-5:00p in Senate Building Room 250.
UPDATE: A full Medicaid expansion repeal bill, SB 97: Medicaid Program Revisions, has been filed and will be heard in Senate committee Tues 1/29 at 2:00p along with SB 96. The bill simply repeals Prop 3 altogether. Be sure to ask committee members and legislators to vote NO on SB 97 as well.