Will Governor Gary Herbert be able to get his Healthy Utah plan through the Utah Legislature? The Governor’s alternative to expanding Medicaid would help 45,000 low-income Utahns who now fall in a coverage gap.
On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2014_12_03_328_28208_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Tuesday</a>, State Representative Dr. Ed Redd, R-District 4, said the Governor has done a good job meeting with the Obama administration and then coming up with a plan that he feels is best for Utah. Dr. Redd said the Governor’s plan has some good parts to it.
“Part of his plan is to give me some personal financial stake in the game,” Dr. Redd explained. “There are some co-pays that people in this plan would have to make.
“People between 100-138% would need to pay part of their premiums. It really does help them become more self-sufficient and independent rather than becoming dependent.”
He said right now people in that category, single adults without children and even some adults with children, have no health care options they can possibly afford. They do not get any subsidies yet they cannot afford to purchase insurance.