Legislative Town Hall meeting will discuss Medicaid expansion

A town hall meeting will be held on Thursday evening, July 19th, and the main purpose is for local legislators to discuss a November general election ballot initiative referred to as “You Decide”.  One lawmaker, Dr. Ed Redd R-District 4, says if the initiative passes it will result in full expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act for low-income adults in Utah who are not eligible for Medicaid coverage.

Redd says the Utah Legislature opted to not fully expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act but during the 2018 general session the legislature passed House Bil 472.

Redd says HB472 addresses Medicaid coverage for low-income adults but it takes a different approach not understood yet by many people.

Redd says, “but this gives you an opportunity for people that are interested to become better informed about what the ballot initiative does, so you can understand it  and make a decision about whether or not they want to support it. It’s a big responsibility.

“It has implications in people’s lives and also has implications for state sales tax rate. So it’s important to understand what you’re voting for and what the potential outcomes might be. My guess: it will be a fairly lively discussion.”

He says there will be two presenters at the town hall meeting: Rylee Curtis, campaign manager at Utah Decides Healthcare, and Rep. Robert Spendlove, sponsor of HB 472 during the 2018 legislative session. He says there will be time for questions after the presentations. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Historic Cache County Courthouse, 199 N. Main in Logan.

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