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OGDEN — Community members can learn more about a ballot proposition that would expand Medicaid in Utah at an Ogden town hall Monday. 

Midtown Community Health Center, 2240 Adams Ave., is hosting the town hall, which begins at 6 p.m. Monday. Utah Decides campaign manager RyLee Curtis will speak about the legislative history behind Proposition 3, what to expect at the polls in November, and other aspects of the issues.  

Alicia Martinez, the executive director of Midtown Community Health Center, will also speak about the services the clinic provides and Ogden's health care demographics. 

If approved by voters, Proposition 3 would expand health care access to 150,000 Utahns by 2020 and maintain the existing scope of Utah's Medicaid and CHIP programs. Medicaid would expand to individuals earning less than $17,000 per year or parents earning less than $34,000 for a family of four. 

A 0.15 percent state sale tax increase would pay for the expansion, bringing Utah's sales tax up from 4.70 percent to 4.85 percent. 

Supporters of Proposition 3 say it will also add 14,000 new jobs and generate $1.7 billion in economy activity. However, opponents say the proposition is "bad policy" that "incentivizes more spending on able-bodied adults on than vulnerable." 

Voters will go to polls on Nov. 6. 

Reach city editor Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh or Facebook.com/ByJessKokesh.

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