Since the slow roll out of SB 96, the plan that undid the Medicaid expansion ballot initiative passed by Utah voters in November of 2018, the state has spent a significant amount of time, effort and tax dollars. This process has resulted in less coverage for vulnerable Utahns at a huge cost to the taxpayer.
The public comment period for the third phase of expansion has ended. The final waiver was submitted despite the fact that Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), the federal agency charged with reviewing and accepting or denying waivers for these healthcare programs, is highly likely to deny the requests included in that waiver, such as work requirements and caps.
The final phase of the SB 96 plan is to revert to full Medicaid expansion if the waiver is denied. This plan isn’t set to go into effect until July of 2020. However, with the CMS denial looming, the cost of partial expansion poses an unnecessary burden that only prolongs inevitable expansion at a lower cost and for a greater number of Medicaid recipients.
WHAT CAN YOU DO
- Write to Governor Herbert and Lt. Governor Cox to tell them why full Medicaid expansion matters to you and to ask them to expand Medicaid fully on January 1. Click here to submit comments to Governor Herbert. Click here to submit comments to Lt. Governor Cox.
- Learn about the history of Medicaid expansion. Utah Health Policy Project has an incredible resource for this, here.
- Read a cost analysis of SB 96 here.