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Governor Herbert Meets with President Obama, Discusses Health Plan

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert delivers speech to the National Governors Association in Washington, DC.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert met with President Barack Obama Tuesday in Washington. After the meeting, Herbert said there may be room for further negotiation on his health plan.

As Vice Chair of the National Governor’s Association, Gary Herbert delivered a speech to fellow governors where he called for greater participation between states and the federal government. Herbert also got some time with President Obama. He told the President that he did not get everything he wanted in his negotiations with the Department of Health and Human Services.

“His response was let me call Secretary Sylvia Burwell, and let’s see if we can revisit this discussion, and see if we can get closer to where you’d like to be,” Herbert says.  If there is to be an expansion of Medicaid in Utah, Herbert says, he wants a work requirement for those who are able-bodied. “I appreciate the fact that he’s willing to kind of have continued discussion, that the door is not closed absolutely on what I’ve been trying to accomplish with a work requirement. I’m anxious to see what happens here in the next few days, frankly, in the next week.”

During his visit to DC, Herbert also told reporters he had a positive meeting with U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh about a possible expansion of the Utah Test and Training range. Herbert says General Welsh plans to visit Utah this summer for further discussion.

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