Press Release: 78,000 Utahns Left Out On First Day Of Medicaid Enrollment


Salt Lake City, UT – In response to the first day of Medicaid enrollment following implementation of limited Medicaid expansion, Chase Thomas, executive director of Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:

“Thanks to the hard work of advocates, activists, and voters, more low-income Utahns will now have access to healthcare. But because of the efforts of the Legislature this past session, roughly that same number of people will be left out of Medicaid coverage.

“The number of Utahns who would have been able to enroll in Medicaid today would fill the Vivint Smart Home Arena four times over. Yes, today is a win in many ways for those Utahns who will be able to see a doctor for the first time in years. But let’s not forget how hard the Legislature worked to keep that same healthcare from tens of thousands of Utahns.”

Better Utah will be engaged in a multimedia campaign over the next two weeks, informing Utahns through radio, social media, and emails about the actions of the Legislature in overturning the will of the people. Utahns can learn more at


Alliance for a Better Utah is a good government advocacy and watchdog organization based in Salt Lake City. The organization works to improve the lives of all Utahns by ensuring balance, transparency, and accountability in Utah politics, policy, and government. More information at

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