Better Utah intern Kyle Eng penned an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune discussing how Gov. Herbert’s Healthy Utah is still the best option for expanding Medicaid in Utah.
It has been more than 300 days since Gov. Gary Herbert introduced his version of Medicaid expansion known as “Healthy Utah,” which would have returned $446 million dollars back to the state (in the current fiscal year) and insured upwards of 90,000 Utahns.
When the 63 House Republicans met last month, many hoped it would bring closure to this now three-year long debate. Sadly, it did not. And with only seven votes in favor of an alternative proposal — known as Utah Access Plus — Speaker Greg Hughes demonstrated his commitment to never passing Medicaid expansion. Once again Utah’s poor will suffer as House Republican leadership prioritizes politics over people.