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Medicaid expansion

If you’re poor and you get really sick in Idaho, your health care options might be really different than say, if you live in Colorado or Montana.

 


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Idaho officially joined Utah today as the third state to try to expand Medicaid by ballot initiative.

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Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox on Tuesday announced the qualifying statewide ballot initiatives for the November election, with half of the original six petitions getting enough signatures to appear on the ticket.

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Ballot initiative organizers in Utah have just a week left to collect signatures to try to get their proposals in next November’s election. Some of the proposed initiatives are close. Others have a long way to go.

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Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill into law that could expand Medicaid health coverage to around 60,000 Utahns. 

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A bill making its way quickly through the Utah legislature could create the largest Medicaid expansion in the state in years. That’s the state and federal low-income health insurance program. But, it comes with a catch.

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Officials have announced that a small-scale Medicaid expansion request in Utah was approved by the federal government. For lawmakers focused on difficult problems like homelessness and drug addiction, it was a time to celebrate. 

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The future of a limited Medicaid expansion in Utah is in question after the departure of U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.

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Sponsors of the Utah Decides Healthcare ballot initiative submitted their bill language to the Lieutenant Governor’s office on Monday. The initiative would put Medicaid expansion up to voters in 2018.

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At least four ballot initiatives are expected to go before voters next year - and there might soon be a fifth.

State Democrats Revive Call To Expand Medicaid

Sep 20, 2016
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This week marks the 6th anniversary of the Patient Bill of Rights, which guaranteed people with preexisting conditions could get health insurance. Utah Democrats used the occasion to again call on Utah Republicans, who make up the majority of the state legislature, to pass full Medicaid expansion.

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Utah health officials are now saying that a limited Medicaid expansion passed by the legislature this year will cover fewer people than anticipated. Meanwhile, it’s not clear whether the federal government will even approve the plan.

Utah Governor Signs Medicaid Expansion Bill Into Law

Mar 25, 2016
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Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a bill into law today that expands Medicaid coverage to the poorest among Utah’s population. 

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After several years of debate, the Utah legislature has approved a partial Medicaid expansion, but Democratic lawmakers say they’re not done with this issue yet.

Utah House Passes a Limited Medicaid Expansion Bill

Mar 4, 2016
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The state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would provide Medicaid benefits to a limited number of Utahns in poverty. Most House Republicans supported the measure, but Democrats were conflicted.

View From The Gallery: Week 6

Mar 4, 2016

Week six of the Utah Legislature was full of lawmakers making curious decisions. KUER’s Brian Grimmett has the recap in this week’s View From the Gallery

Democrats Call GOP Medicaid Plan a “Cop Out”

Mar 3, 2016
Andrea Smardon / KUER

Democrats are opposing a bill that would extend Medicaid benefits to a limited number of Utahns in poverty. They say it doesn’t go far enough, but the Republican plan doesn’t need support from the minority party to pass.

Brian Grimmett / KUER

A House committee approved a limited Medicaid expansion bill Monday afternoon, but health care advocates around the state are not all unified in support.

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With just about two weeks left in the legislative session, it’s not clear if anything will get done on expanding Medicaid this year.

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The Utah Senate gave preliminary approval to a resolution that would declare pornography a public health hazard.

View From the Gallery: Week 3

Feb 12, 2016

In this week’s View From the Gallery, KUER’s Brian Grimmett discovers lawmakers aren’t that interested in passing bills.

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Medicaid expansion is under consideration again at the Utah legislature. Advocates and members of the public showed up in force Thursday morning for a committee meeting on the issue.

Lawmaker Wants to Put Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot

Feb 8, 2016

A Democratic lawmaker is working on legislation that would allow Utah voters to weigh in on expanding Medicaid in the state.

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As another Utah legislative session gets underway, the question remains whether lawmakers will expand Medicaid.

View From The Gallery: Week 1

Jan 29, 2016

The 2016 Utah Legislative session has begun and while week one saw little work on actual bills, it did see an overabundance of speeches. KUER’s Brian Grimmett has the full recap in this Week’s View From the Gallery.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert touted the state’s economy and recent growth in education funding during his annual State of the State speech from the Capitol on Wednesday night.

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The Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court assured lawmakers Monday the state of Utah’s judiciary is sound. But he requested some needed improvements, too.

Brian Grimmett

Governor Gary Herbert weighed in on several topics expected to be debated during the upcoming legislative session during his monthly news conference on KUED.

Will Utah Ever Close the Coverage Gap?

Oct 14, 2015
Andrea Smardon / KUER

The latest proposal to expand Medicaid in Utah was overwhelmingly rejected by Republicans in the House of Representatives this week, but lawmakers may have a way forward. 

Healthcare Plan Dies in House GOP Caucus Meeting

Oct 14, 2015
Andrea Smardon / KUER

The latest compromise plan to expand Medicaid appears to be dead. House Republicans rejected the proposal in a closed door caucus meeting Tuesday night.

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