(KCPW News) Slowly but surely, the details of Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan are coming to light. The plan started out in February as an attempt at a middle-of-the-road solution for how to expand Medicaid in the state, and from the beginning, Herbert has made personal accountability a major component of Healthy Utah.
But negotiating the robustness of that component with the Obama Administration has proven to be a months-long struggle—a struggle that has lasted much longer than originally anticipated by the governor and other state officials.
Now almost eight months since its inception, officials are optimistic that the Healthy Utah plan has been agreed upon in principle. So what does that plan look like now? Where were compromises made, and did Utah officials strike the balance they were looking for on personal accountability?
On Friday, Governor Herbert and Utah Department of Health Executive Director Dr. David Patton presented Healthy Utah in its current form. They spoke after touring the Oquirrh View Community Health Center in Taylorsville.
KCPW’s Ryan Cunningham was on-hand, and has this summary of the presentation.
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Again follow the money, big insurance makes out while Utah would have more control to decide who gets what and what do they have to do to get it. No reason for separate system.