Herbert still mulling Federal Medicaid offer

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 11:54 AM


SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is still mulling the federal offer to expand Medicaid.

State officials are having a cast of Utah lawmakers and others weigh in on the issue Tuesday to help with that process.

Officials say they'll use the input to stitch together a report informing Herbert's decision.

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

If Herbert expands Utah's program, about 130,000 uninsured people would gain coverage under Medicaid. That's in addition to the 225,000 to 250,000 people in the state currently estimated to be on the program.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the state capitol.

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