Herbert may not decide Medicaid expansion until Jan.

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 1:15 PM


SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert says he may not make a decision about whether or not to expand Medicaid in Utah until January.

Utah is among a handful of states that have yet to make a decision about whether to accept the federal government’s offer to expand the program as part of the federal health care law.

Herbert has delayed a decision and said at his monthly televised news conference on Thursday that he did not want to be rushed on the issue.

Herbert repeatedly has said he wouldn’t decide until an outside analysis of the issue was completed.

That report was released in May, but the governor said he’s also awaiting the recommendations of a task force studying the issue.

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