SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah lawmakers have approved a proposal to require a small number of Medicaid recipients to do community service in exchange for coverage as part of a pilot program.
The Senate gave initial approval to House Bill 211 on a 22-5 vote Thursday.
Senate sponsor Curt Bramble, R-Provo, said the bill would help people in the low-income health program give back to the community.
Under the bill, about 100 adults covered by Medicaid and capable of performing community service would participate in a pilot program of giving back to the community.
Sen. Luz Robles, D-Salt Lake City, said the program creates additional burdens for people who are already struggling.
Many of them also already have families to care for and multiple jobs.