Thursday, May 26, 2022

Protect Medicaid expansion from repeal

r By Matt Slonaker, Executive Director of Utah Health Policy Project

On November 6th, Utah voters passed Proposition 3 and finally put to rest a years-long debate. Voters choose to fully expand the Medicaid program as directed under the law, without relying on waiver approval from the Trump administration. Now, Medicaid expansion must be implemented, with enrollment beginning on April 1st, as the voters decided. Vulnerable Utahns cannot wait another day to get the care they need. For some individuals, this is the help they’ve been waiting for in order to get healthy and get back to work. For others, this is the key to finally access lifesaving medical treatment before it’s too late.

Yet, recent news indicates that an effort to repeal the expansion under Proposition 3 is being considered by members of the Utah legislature. They claim the ballot initiative to expand Medicaid, now Utah state law, must be repealed and replaced with their plan, which would indefinitely delay access to care.

Any delay or significant change to Proposition 3 is a repeal of the will of the people. Calling legislative actions “fixes”, “tweaks”, or “amendments” may soften the language around repeal, but it won’t soften the harmful impact.

The Utah state legislature had six years to put together a Medicaid expansion, but it took the public to step up and get it done. Now, the same elected officials who trusted your vote to put them into office evidently don’t trust your vote to expand Medicaid. Contact your legislators and the governor today and stand up for your vote, and for the health and well-being of your neighbors.

Chris Baird
Chris Bairdhttp://www.servedaily.com
Chris is a family man with a beautiful wife and four kids. Three Girls, One Boy. He enjoys playing basketball, being outdoors, and the old normal.
All ads_Page_23.jpg
All ads_Page_15.jpg
All ads_Page_07.jpg
All ads_Page_11.jpg
All ads_Page_18.jpg
All ads_Page_17.jpg
All ads_Page_14.jpg
All ads_Page_09.jpg
All ads_Page_13.jpg
All ads_Page_25.jpg
All ads_Page_03.jpg
All ads_Page_05.jpg
All ads_Page_02.jpg
All ads_Page_01.jpg
All ads_Page_04.jpg
All ads_Page_20.jpg
All ads_Page_06.jpg
All ads_Page_08.jpg
All ads_Page_11.jpg
All ads_Page_24.jpg
All ads_Page_19.jpg
All ads_Page_22.jpg
All ads_Page_10.jpg
All ads_Page_10.jpg
All ads_Page_12.jpg
All ads_Page_21.jpg
All ads_Page_09.jpg
All ads_Page_16.jpg
CLICK AD TO ZOOM

Get Our Newsletter!

Submit News

Visit our Forms to submit a recipe, obituary, contact us, or submit news. 

Related news