Rep. Robert Spendlove: The Next Steps on Utah Medicaid Reform

The Next Steps on Utah Medicaid Reform October 26, 2015 By Representative Robert Spendlove Members of the House Republican Caucus met recently to review the latest proposal from the Governor and Legislative Leadership in the House and Senate to expand Medicaid to low income individuals in our state. While I commend the “Group of Six” for their work on developing the plan, ultimately I decided that I could not vote for the proposal. There are several reasons why I voted against it. The primary reason is I could not support…

Rep. Norm Thurston: Where Did the Coverage Gap Come From?

Where Did the Coverage Gap Come From? October 27, 2015 by Rep. Norm Thurston Have you stopped to wonder whether the coverage gap came from? Was it always here or did it suddenly appear? You may have heard some of my House Republican colleagues say that Obamacare created the Coverage Gap and wondered how that could possibly be the case. When we say that the coverage gap was created by Obamacare we really mean it. Here is a little Utah insurance market history to clarify where the gap came from.…

BUZZ: Utah House Majority Caucus to meet on Medicaid expansion

In an email Thursday afternoon (see below), Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan asked Republican members of the Utah House of Representatives to attend a meeting on September 29th.  Representatives will be discussing Medicaid expansion in Utah. Dunnigan said that the meeting is the first of two for the Republican majority on the topic before Governor Gary Herbert calls a special session later this year. From: Jim Dunnigan <   > Date: September 17, 2015 at 4:05:38 PM MDT To: House Republicans <  > Subject: Majority Caucus Meeting Dear Representatives, Please make arrangements to attend a Majority…

Utah House Majority Response to Medicaid Expansion Presser

SALT LAKE CITY – We welcome and appreciate public engagement on crucial policy issues.  Harkening back to a proposal that not only didn’t pass and was only intended to run for a very limited period of time, but would also place us in the same untenable position 18 months down the road, keeps us from looking forward in a constructive way. Since the end of the 2015 general session the group of six, established by HCR12, have been meeting regularly to find a sustainable solution to the coverage gap created by Obamacare…