Sponsor: Utah Decides Healthcare
This initiative would expand Medicaid to cover Utah citizens whose annual incomes are 138% of the federal poverty level or less (up to $26,900 for a family of three), closing the coverage gap for about 80,000 Utahns whose annual incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid but not high enough to qualify for the federal health-care exchange. Thirty-two states have already adopted this expansion.
For both Medicaid and the Utah Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), eligibility requirements and categories of care and services would not be permitted to become more restrictive than those in effect on Jan. 1, 2017. Also for both Medicaid and CHIP, the cost of premiums, enrollment and out-of-pocket expenses could not expand above those in place on Jan. 1, 2017; caps on enrollment would be limited to those in place on that date, as well..