Utah Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion plan still alive

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Vir­gil Dick­son

There are new talks be­tween Utah’s Repub­li­can gover­nor, Gary Herbert, and GOP law­mak­ers about ex­pand­ing Med­i­caid, but po­lit­i­cal observers are skep­ti­cal about the prospects for leg­isla­tive ap­proval.

Herbert’s pro­posal, which would cover about 126,000 low-in­come adults, would ask healthcare providers to chip in fund­ing to make up for when the fed­eral gov­ern­ment stops pay­ing in 2016. Herbert has been in talks with the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion about his plan, which has the back­ing of key GOP leg­isla­tive lead­ers.

Josh Kan­ter, board pres­i­dent of the pro-ex­pan­sion group Al­liance for a Bet­ter Utah, said “there is real con­cern that the Leg­is­la­ture will con­tinue to play games, and at this point, they’re play­ing games with peo­ple’s lives.”

But the Utah Hos­pi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion said its mem­bers would be will­ing to pay an as­sess­ment as long as other provider groups also con­trib­uted, said UHA Pres­i­dent Greg Bell. “Ev­ery­one that’s go­ing to ben­e­fit needs to be at the ta­ble mak­ing some ma­te­rial con­tri­bu­tion,” he said.

But the Utah Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion has voiced skep­ti­cism about the idea of doc­tors pay­ing any type of as­sess­ment.

Herbert is con­sid­er­ing call­ing a spe­cial ses­sion this year to vote on Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion.

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