Utah's voter-approved Medicaid expansion initiative was replaced on Monday with a program that is more restrictive and initially more expensive, depending on a series of uncertain federal concessions.
The legislature of Utah and Governor Gary Herbert say, however, the bill is more economic in the long run.
Senators voted 22-7 in favor of adopting the House version of SB96, which will initiate a partial Medicaid extension on April 1
"We are making the long-term responsibility," said Senator Allen Christensen, North-North Ogden, "as committed to us by the 19459025 constitution."
On Monday afternoon, the governor had signed the bill. In a prepared statement, Herbert said the bill compensates for compassion and contentment.
"I do not accept the characterization that SB96 ignores people's will. I see this as a thoughtful effort to realize the will of people to provide the poor with quality care, with the added benefit of being able to sustain it in the long term without reducing other important social services. "19659002]" It provides meaningful, humane and sustainable coverage to the same population covered by Proposition 3, "said Herbert," and now is the time to lift differences and move forward to the needy of Medicaid and the state health exchanges
While SB96 is given the same population of Utahn's access to subsidized health care as proposed in Proposal 3, it does not provide the same number of people, with low-earning Utahns earning as much as 138 percent of the federal poverty line SB96 can limit enrollment to 100 percent of poverty.
The remaining expansion population remains below SB96 to purchase subsidized health plans on the Affordable Care Act single market with accompanying premiums, copays, deductibles, and other co-pays for the Pfl ege.
The bill was rejected by all six Senate Democrats and a Republican, Woods Cross Sen. Todd Weiler, Senate votes on earlier iterations of the Medicaid Extension Replacement Act.
"We still do not give people in Utah what they voted for," said Luz Escamilla, D-Salt Lake City. "We could do it differently, too."
But some Republicans who oppose the expansion of Medicaid see the bill as the lesser of two evils. Lehi Republican Senator Jacob Anderegg has repeatedly said in the Senate on Monday that he hates SB96, saying that the proponents of the expansion of Medicaid are really motivated by a desire to establish universal public health care.
And general health care told Anderegg: "The worst thing that could possibly happen to us would be."
"I hate [SB96] but I'll vote for it because I have no other options," Anderegg said. "And for the same reason, I fully acknowledge that, in accordance with the law, this will mean most of Prop 3 to the people." the bill despite the support of Proposition 3 by its organization and the previous opposition to SB96.
In a prepared statement, Slonaker said the limited expansion program was not perfect, but he looks forward to supporting Utahn's qualification of Medicaid.  "We look forward to working with you to register our family, friends and neighbors as of April 1, 2019," said Slonaker. "But let's continue to work on improving the program."