The Smart Questions Club: Medicaid Expansion in Utah [video]

Perhaps no public policy debate in Utah in recent memory has seen more polls, advocacy, or money spent on it than Medicaid expansion, whether as Healthy Utah, Utah Cares, or full Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Tonight, at about 9:30 PM, we look at what questions you should be asking with guests RyLee Stowell Curtis, Medicaid Policy Analyst of the Utah Health Policy Project, and Cameron Robinson, former Treasurer for the Utah Republican Party and a writer at FortyFive Politics.

38 reasons Utah won’t see Medicaid expansion this year

It might be 2016, or even 2017, before Utah sees legislative action on Medicaid expansion. A self-imposed July 31 deadline blew past without any compromise between House Leadership and the Governor, despite a loose framework for the compromise. At this rate, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to see Medicaid expansion this year. The 2016 campaign season has effectively begun and as the election approaches, campaign calculus means that the chances of a special session diminish. Forcing legislators into Medicaid during election year is suicide. While the Governor pushes to get a Medicaid expansion deal done, something…

Fact Check: Senator Dabakis was against expanding Medicaid before he was for it

It’s hard to tell whether Senator Jim Dabakis thinks no one is paying attention to his voting history or just if he just flat-out doesn’t remember his own votes. The Governor’s self-imposed July 31 deadline is approaching for an announcement of a plan to address the gap in Utahns’ healthcare coverage (to be called Healthy Utah Utah Cares Utah Elevates*…because it goes well with the license plates, right?), and some legislative leaders are promising it will be better than ever. But “better than ever” is not good enough for Senator Jim Dabakis, who still wants full…

Jim Dabakis: After tap dancing for 2 years, just take Medicaid expansion!

Utah, quit stalling. Take full Medicaid Expansion. ‘The Gang of Six’ Republicans (Gov Herbert, Lt Gov Cox, Senate President Niederhauser, House Speaker Hughes, Senator Shiozawa and Rep Dunnigan) are deciding who will live and who will die. They are negotiating on whether the state should accept Medicaid Expansion–or not. They are taking their sweet time. The Medicaid Expansion decision is the biggest single issue to face the state in a generation and our state seems paralyzed, unable to make a decision. The reason this is taking so long is not because this…

Transparency in the Healthy Utah discussion

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Whatever your position on expanding Medicaid in Utah, attacking the post-legislative session discussions as being “secretive” only makes sense if you don’t know anything about public policy formation. When Healthy Utah failed to pass out of a House committee late in the 2015 Legislative Session, Governor Gary Herbert promised to call a special session in July. It set a deadline by which he, Speaker Greg Hughes, and President Wayne Neiderhauser would iron out differences between Healthy Utah and the House’s Utah Cares (which also failed). And that’s the rub. The left leaning activists who…

The Hub Sheet – March 10, 2015

So close… Holly Richardson’s legislative countdown on the Hub continues with 5 bills you’ve probably not heard of, and 4 things you need to know about the final days. Citizens for retiring the penny (dot org). Utah Senate Kills Stoned Bunnies. Did you know only six parts of the Tesla Model S ever need replacing?  Not that it matter for Utahns, right Representatives? Pig #3: The smartest animal you’ve never heard of. Thoughts of the session so far from Rep. Craig Hall. The importance of opening up police data. Latest on…

Countdown Begins: 6 Bills to Watch the Last 6 Days

As the 2015 legislative session speeds to a close, I thought it might be fun to start a countdown. With six days left, here are six bills worth watching. 1. Utah Cares, HB 446, is the House proposal for caring for more Utahns needing health coverage. It passed out of committee last night and will be debated on the floor. This is the alternative to “Healthy Utah,” the Governor’s plan which still has significant and very vocal support. 2. Anti-discrimination/religious liberty, SB 296, will probably sail through with explicit support…