Yesterday the Medicaid expansion repeal and replace bill, SB 96, passed through the Senate, despite recent analysis that shows it will cost $30-40M more than Prop 3 in year one and 7x more by the end of year two while offering less health care coverage than Prop 3. Legislators who passed the measure are looking to reduce long-term costs of the program. But are they aware about the risks of gambling on a federal waiver that’s never been granted before?If no waiver is granted, SB 96 will roll back Medicaid expansion altogether.
If cost savings are truly the goal, a better option exists! HB 210: Medicaid Expansion Revisions by Rep. Ray Ward (R-Bountiful) would keep full Medicaid expansion in place under Prop 3 while the reducing costs of the program. But this bill is stuck in Rules while SB 96 is getting the hard push in the House.
Ask your state representative to vote NO on the risky SB 96 and push for for real Medicaid expansion cost savings via HB 210 without risking health care access for Utahns.
SB 96 will move on to a hearing in the House Business & Labor Standing Committee in the next day or so. Take two extra minutes to contact committee members today!