House Democratic Statement on Medicaid Expansion Legislation

Media Statement 

For Immediate Release:
February 4, 2019  

Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
Utah House Democratic Caucus
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House Democratic Statement on Medicaid Expansion Legislation


SALT LAKE CITY – Today the Utah House Democratic Caucus issued the following statement: 

“We stand with Utah voters and believe that any Medicaid expansion passed by the legislature must fully cover all individuals up to 138% of the federal poverty level, begin April 1, 2019, and have no enrollment caps or additional eligibility requirements.  We are open to all funding mechanisms, including the sales tax increase approved by voters and additional options provided in the Affordable Care Act. 

SB96, in its current form, is a brazen effort to repeal Prop 3 and replace it with a lousy alternative that would rollback Medicaid expansion if a Federal waiver isn’t secured by next July.  There is no guarantee Utah could secure the waiver by that time.  Our state has waited for a similar waiver since August 2017.  The purpose of these waivers is to improve Medicaid assistance for people, not to diminish it.  Saying we cannot afford a full Medicaid expansion while pushing for a tax cut is a blatant misplacement of priorities.”