NOTE: This blog was orginally published in Health Affairs on January 24, 2019.
The Utah Senate approved a bill this week that would repeal and replace the voter-approved Medicaid expansion ballot initiative, Proposition 3, which passed with 54 percent of the vote in Utah’s election this past November. Proposition 3, if implemented, is poised to bring health care coverage to over 150,000 Utahns with annual incomes below $17,236 for an individual and $29,435 for a families of three.
State health plans for families are under scrutiny – in the courts, in the states, and in Washington. It is hard to think of a time when the Medicaid program was getting so much attention at one time outside of the halls of Congress.
The Trump administration’s efforts to restrict the health insurance program for America’s most vulnerable families are raising the profile of Medicaid and those who rely upon it for health care. Within weeks decisions are expected on the following: