Medicaid Expansion Mostly Dead…The hopes for Medicaid expansion in Utah appear very dim after both the House and Senate Republican caucuses failed to advance the new compromise plan drafted by the “Gang of 6” dubbed UtahAccess+. A Special Session long planned for October was scratched. This new effort was born after months of meetings by the “Gang of 6” following a stalemate on Medicaid expansion at the conclusion of the 2015 General Session. The UtahAccess+ plan closely resembled the Healthy Utah plan proposed by Governor Herbert during the session, with an emphasis on placing as many of the expansion population as possible on private employer plans through premium subsidies. The UtahAccess+ plan was expected to expand coverage to 126,500 Utahns currently without health insurance at a cost of about $78 million after federal matching funds were applied.In contrast to Healthy Utah, UtahAccess+ would have required a wide variety of health care providers and insurers to shoulder the majority of the uncapped cost burden while the State would cover only $23 million of costs attributed to individuals that would join the plan as part of the “woodwork” effect. With the exception of the Utah Nurses Association (Nurses would only have seen… Read full this story
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