In 2014, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act states that the Medicaid program be expanded to include up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line. Luckily, the Supreme Court has put the ultimate decision in the hands of each individual state. Utah has yet to make its decision.
I urge those in power to reject this expansion. Medicaid is a broken program and diluting the program with more applicants will only make it worse. Already, Medicaid reimbursement rates to doctors are barely enough to cover their costs, and some doctors have started to refuse to see patients on Medicaid completely.
Why increase a program that barely allows its patients to be seen as it is? Yes, the newly eligible Medicaid recipients will have coverage like the law requires, but it will be an insurance that will not allow them to be seen by many doctors and will only result in more fees to the states to cover the new expansion costs once the federal government stops paying for it all.