Utah's partial plan discarded as voters opt for full Medicaid expansion

A surge in sign-ups is expected when eligibility widens starting April 1

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  • NOLA0804 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 15, 2018 1:04 a.m.

    Finally!!! This should have happened years ago. I work in health care and this will allow uninisured or under insured men, women and children to get the care they need to stay healthy. Many are simply in need of maintenance medication like insulin, blood pressure medication etc. Without insurance by the time someone without insurance arrives in the ER their condition is so much worse, at times life threatening. I see day after day people taking less or not taking medication simply because they can't afford it. So if you are fortunate enough to not need Medicaid consider yourself blessed and have empathy for those less fortunate, for their lives matter too.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    Nov. 13, 2018 1:01 p.m.

    Could of had this for years, but our partisan lackeys kept trying to spend more money to cover less people, because, you know..... "Obama."

    Maybe enough of these citizen props get through our representatives might start representing us, instead of lobbyists and wealth donors.

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 12, 2018 11:08 a.m.

    @Joyfully - American Fork, UT

    "Anyone who thinks that "our neighbor to the north" has good universal health care is so uninformed and short sighted. My 22 year old niece passed away in September in Toronto from cancer."

    I am sorry for your loss. Losing anyone to cancer at 22 is cruel. But let me understand you, the reason your niece passed away is because of the provisions of the Canada Health Act? I don't pretend to understand all that went into your niece passing away, but I assure you there is a 22 year old in Memphis dying of cancer despite the best efforts of Cigna health.

  • Kora Cedar Hills, UT
    Nov. 12, 2018 8:23 a.m.

    I laughed when the article said that this would cut ER visits. As an ER physician I can tell you that the ERs will get busier due to this. Statistically Medicaid recipients use the ER at a much higher frequency and for less emergent issues than the general insured population. This is due to the fact that there is no copay, so there is no deterrent to overuse and abuse. Half of the people I see are not really sick and should not be in an ER, and almost all of these individuals are on Medicaid.

    There was recently an article in the Deseret News about the shortage of Primary Care Physicians in Utah. If this is the case, who is going to take on the additional patients on Medicaid that suddenly come into the system? If they can't establish with a Primary Care physician, won't they have no other option than to use the ER which cost exponentially more? It also does not really help them since the ER does not manage chronic diseases or prescribe chronic medications.

    We must remember that Medicaid is an insurance product, not Healthcare. No doctor is required to accept it, and fewer are, with many who do capping patient numbers due to poor reimbursement.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Nov. 12, 2018 8:16 a.m.

    going where our right wing legislators dare not go... for the good of the people

  • Joyfully American Fork, UT
    Nov. 11, 2018 11:08 p.m.

    Anyone who thinks that "our neighbor to the north" has good universal health care is so uninformed and short sighted. My 22 year old niece passed away in September in Toronto from cancer. The wait times for tests, etc. was ridiculous. The rules, red tape, and protocols enormous.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2018 10:03 p.m.

    The GOP has done so much damage to health care this last while. Their attempts to remove health care without any possible replacement was finally seen as a mean spirited sham, even by Red State Utah citizens. They voted their conscience and forced these GOP legislators to finally do the right thing!

    This is the compassionate and caring action that this State should be able to do to care for it's citizens. Contrary to the brutal efforts by even our own GOP legislators to rip health care away from thousands.

    We need to have Universal Health Care like our neighbor to the North. It works! And it works well!

    Let's not forget that people in this State actually died waiting for this expansion. Several instances were reported in this paper at the time. We need to have Universal Health Care, more than the rich need more tax refunds in their pockets from the GOP.

  • Rita B Herriman, UT
    Nov. 11, 2018 8:52 p.m.

    Yes. I hate to see people kept in poverty or bad health simply because they can't afford the health care they need. This will help many deserving residents of our state.

  • The Dark Knight Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2018 6:22 p.m.

    This is a wonderful thing for the people of Utah. Nowhere half-baked partial plans or jumping through hoops. 150,000 will get the care they need.

  • The Dark Knight Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 11, 2018 6:04 p.m.

    This is a wonderful thing for Utah.