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.…

Rep. David Lifferth announces his candidacy for Utah State Senate District 13

In a press release, David Lifferth announced his candidacy for Utah State Senate District 13. Lifferth has represented  Utah House District 2 since 2013. Senate District 13, which includes Lehi, parts of Bluffdale, Herriman, American Fork, Highland, as well as Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain, Cedar Fort and Fairfield, is currently represented by Mark Madsen, who will retire at the end of this year. Jake Anderegg has also announced he will run for the seat. “There is a general sentiment nationwide that people are sick and tired of politics as usual,” said Lifferth. “I…

Rep. Jeremy Peterson: PENROSE POLICY: The Illusion of Sustainable Medicaid Expansion

We met as a Republican Caucus recently to discuss the new Utah Access Plus plan to expand Medicaid in the state.  With a gap existing in current Medicaid coverage, the Legislature has been toiling for years now to find an affordable and sustainable path to provide medical coverage for those living in the gap. The gap mainly consists of single adults without children who live under 138% of the Federal Poverty Level. There are approximately 130,000 living in Utah without any form of insurance coverage in this gap currently. In the…

If Medicaid expansion is too risky for doctors, maybe it’s too risky for the rest of us

It’s almost humorous to listen to doctors complain about student loans and the cost of doing business in Utah. Either they haven’t lived anywhere else, or they really are oblivious to the lower cost of living that Utah presents to all of its residents, including them. I say ‘almost,’ because the rest of us are paying their bills, and they ain’t cheap. They, along with some people who actually sounded like they need legitimate help, gave lawmakers an earful at a hearing held by the Health Reform Task Force earlier this week. The…

Rep. Jeremy Peterson: Interim Update: Legislative bus tour to Southern Utah

The legislature recently returned from a bus tour to southern Utah as part of its interim legislative session. The experience was a 2-day affair and something new for many legislators.  The last off-campus tour during interim was in 2008. Our journey began at the Capitol building at 7am Wednesday morning.  Fortunately, spouses were able to attend and I invited my wife to accompany me on our trip.  I paid for her travel expenses. Of course, no bus trip would be complete without a few persuasive video presentations along the way.…

State Leaders Announce Framework for Medicaid Expansion [UPH Wire]

 CONTACT: Aimee Edwards edwards@utah.gov 801.755.3085 Greg Hartley ghartley@le.utah.gov 801.231.2756 Ric Cantrell rcantrell@le.utah.gov 801.647.8944 STATE LEADERS ANNOUNCE FRAMEWORK FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION SALT LAKE CITY – Utah State leaders announced today that they have found consensus around a conceptual framework for Medicaid Expansion. A group of six state leaders has continued meeting since the close of the 2015 General Legislative Session to find a resolution to the ‘coverage gap’ created by Obamacare. The key principles they are working to address include coverage for those most in need, data accuracy regarding assumptions and…

4 Reasons why Rep. Justin Miller just might not resign after all

The pressure is mounting for Rep. Justin Miller to resign. Even House Democrat leadership has made a personal plea to Miller that he step down. Most assume that ultimate resignation is inevitable.  Indeed, some are asking that with so many groups urging him to resign, why in the world would he stay? While acknowledging that Miller may in fact resign, and may resign soon, I assert that it’s not so certain. Here are some possible reasons why. 1. Becoming a legislator takes a lot of work, and Miller simply wants to…

The FortyFive Podcast, Episode 3: Ken Ivory, guest Norm Thurston and Healthy Utah

In episode 3 of the FortyFive politics podcast we talked about the frivolous fraud allegations leveled against Representative Ken Ivory and Senator Todd Weiler’s pro-Medicaid expansion op-ed. We also spoke with Representative Norm Thurston (R-Provo) about Healthy Utah, the House compromise bill, and more. 00:00-01:18 – Intro 01:19-10:32 – Fraud allegation against Rep. Ken Ivory 10:33-22:05 – Senator Todd Weiler Healthy Utah Op-Ed 22:06-1:05:43 – Special guest Representative Norm Thurston 1:05:44-End – FortyFive Roundup From the FortyFive Roundup: Swallow waives preliminary hearing; lawyer says no plea deal in works (Salt Lake Tribune) Final…