(KCPW News) Now that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, it’s up to the states to decide how to implement the program. Utah’s policymakers have dozens of decisions to make about whether to opt in or out of specific programs, with the first decision due next week. Meanwhile, some lawmakers are still considering not participating at all. KCPW’s Elizabeth Ziegler reports from the Capitol.
Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has joined 19 other states in filing a lawsuit alleging the federal health reform law is unconstitutional. The Utah Legislature also passed a new law earlier this year that requires all state agencies, including the Governor’s office, to make a presentation to lawmakers before making any decisions about how to implement it in Utah. It also prohibits Utahns from being required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the federal law.
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