SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah could join other states seeking to forego expensive federal healthcare programs under a bill moving to the House.
Republican Sen. Stuart Adams of Layton says Monday Senate Bill 208 gives the state the ability to manage its own healthcare system.
Adams says the bill would allow the state to join a compact with other states who are opposed to the federal healthcare reform. As part of the compact, the states would request block grants for Medicaid and Medicare to give more local control of the programs.
Democratic Sen. Pat Jones of Holladay says the compact could result in either increased taxes or fewer services for Medicare and Medicaid recipients.
The bill passed the Senate 21-8.