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  Utah GOP shrinks Medicaid expansion, defying voters
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Feb 11, 2019 07:23pm
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AuthorRachana Pradhan
News DateMonday, February 11, 2019 11:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionUtah Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday signed legislation adopting a limited expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, defying voters who in November approved the full Obamacare program through the ballot.

Under the new GOP-written plan, Utah will ask the Trump administration for permission to implement unprecedented restrictions on the health coverage program for the poor, while insuring about 60,000 fewer people than the Obamacare expansion would have and initially costing the state tens of millions of dollars more.

Herbert, in a statement, said the legislation "balances Utah's sense of compassion and frugality."

"It is now time to set aside differences and move forward to get those in greatest need enrolled on Medicaid and on the federal health care exchanges," he said.
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