Make It or Break It
Closing Utah’s Medicaid coverage gap
remains an elusive goal
as the 2014 legislative session winds down.
But it’s not for lack of trying. Currently vying for attention, votes, and traction are
three separate proposals
originating from the three epicenters of state government: the House, the Senate, and the Governor’s suite.
Ironically, all this excitement over Medicaid expansion might be
derailing the prospect
for a grand bargain by the end of session. Both
and the embedded complexities of health-care reform have transformed Medicaid expansion into the “third-rail” issue of Utah politics.
But despite key differences among the three major plans, they also share common elements like maximum state flexibility, private insurance subsidies, and sunset rules. These similarities could serve as the foundation for a compromise plan, or at least a framework to continue the discussion into the summer.
where do we stand
with 7 busy days to go?