Deseret News
Letter to the editor

The “Stable bridge to a healthier Utah” op-ed published on April 10 was confusing and misleading to anyone who has followed the journey from Proposition 3 to the legislature’s replacement, SB96.

It is inaccurate to state that 150,000 Utahns benefit from the new partial expansion — in reality, roughly half of those potential enrollees are now being left out.

It is also inaccurate to state that this partial expansion will create 14,000 jobs. That data from Utah Health Policy Project was based on the benefits of returning federal tax dollars to our state — tax dollars that we are still largely leaving behind due to the legislature’s plan.

So much of the “Stable bridge” opinion piece would have been true under Proposition 3, but that is not what we ended up with. The reality of Medicaid expansion in Utah is a broken bridge approach that leaves tens of thousands of people falling through the cracks.

13 comments on this story

Without full Medicaid expansion the benefits to low-income Utahns are not the same. Without full Medicaid expansion the benefits to Utah’s economy cannot be the same.

The legislative changes are absolutely not “positive and necessary.”

They are more expensive, cover fewer people, subject to costly legal challenges, and could radically alter Utah’s entire Medicaid system with potentially catastrophic long-term repercussions.

There was a stable bridge to Medicaid expansion — and Utahns voted for it in November. Unfortunately, our elected officials cut it down and partially closed the gap with a rickety replacement.

Stacy Stanford

Salt Lake City