Why this Matters

Comments are the best way to defeat these harmful proposed changes to Utah Medicaid. The federal and state government are required to consider all comments; if they don’t, then the proposal could be overturned through legal action. Comments are the reason Kentucky’s harmful Medicaid proposal was stopped in its tracks.

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Topic 1: Enrollment Caps

Proposed changes to Utah’s Medicaid program will limit the number of Utahns who can enroll.

Currently, Medicaid is always open for anyone who qualifies. Senate Bill 96 proposes to change this, allowing the Utah Department of Health to limit the number of people who can enroll in Medicaid. This change means that the Medicaid program closes when the State decides, preventing eligible people from enrolling.

For example, an individual who unexpectedly loses their job and their employer-based insurance. Currently, they could qualify for Medicaid; however, under the proposal, they could be denied access if the State has decided to close enrollment.

Approve or Disapprove

Do you approve or disapprove of a Medicaid enrollment limit?

Tell us how an enrollment limit might impact you, or has impacted you in the past, and why this proposal could harm Utahns:

Topic 2: Federal Dollars

Utah will get fewer of your tax dollars back to support Utah’s healthcare.

Currently, the federal and state governments share Medicaid costs. Under Senate Bill 96, Utah is seeking to cap federal payments, preventing the state from receiving additional federal dollars that would otherwise be available, and limiting the state’s ability to provide healthcare. (This is called a per-capita cap)

For example, in an economic downturn or unexpected disease outbreak (like zika or measles), the State would not have additional funds provided from the federal government to help with increased need. This would mean the State would either have to carry that burden themselves, or, more likely, they would have to cut services and/or deny more eligible people Medicaid coverage.

Approve or Disapprove

Do you approve or disapprove of this Medicaid cap?

Tell us why Utah asking for less money to cover the healthcare needs of Utahns might impact you or your family, and why this proposal is harmful to Utahns:

Topic 3: Additional Reporting Requirements

Enrollees will face additional red tape to access Medicaid.

Currently, Medicaid enrollees do not have to complete additional reporting requirements and paperwork to prove they are working or looking for work. Under Senate Bill 96, certain Medicaid enrollees will lose their insurance if they do not meet these additional reporting requirements, even if they are working.

For example, a single mother of a 7-year-old who is working less than 30 hours a week will have to apply to at least 48 jobs over a 3-month period, or risk losing her Medicaid. Research shows that work requirements often lead to eligible people losing coverage.

Approve or Disapprove

Do you approve of additional reporting requirements on Medicaid?

Tell us how additional reporting requirements on Medicaid could impact you or your family, and/or why this proposal is harmful for Utahns:

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