Herbert still mulling Medicaid expansion

Friday , March 01, 2013 - 11:59 AM

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Brady McCombs

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Gov. Herbert is coming under increasing pressure to accept the federal government's offer to expand Medicaid.

A rally is scheduled for Friday on the steps of the state Capitol and Utah Democrats made their case earlier this week in a press conference saying rural and working poor residents need the help.

But Herbert, a Republican, says he's waiting on the results of the state's cost-benefit analysis before he makes a decision. That will likely come later this summer.

Under the health care overhaul law, the federal government has offered to pick up the full cost of Medicaid expansion the first three years and 90 percent over the long haul.

To date, Republican governors in eight states have agreed to expand Medicaid, including Arizona and Nevada.

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