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Utah cancels partial Medicaid request after expansion passes

November 13, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah officials are asking the federal government to cancel their request for a limited Medicaid expansion with a work requirement after voters approved a full expansion.

Utah Department of Health spokeswoman Kolbi Young says the state has asked federal Medicaid officials to indefinitely suspend consideration of the plan passed by Utah lawmakers earlier this year.

Utah’s plan needed a waiver because it has a work requirement and is more limited than the expansion specified by then-President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Utah voters approved the ballot measure last week after majority Republican lawmakers repeatedly rejected the idea over concerns that its costs would force cuts to other services.

The initiative will provide health care coverage to an estimated 150,000 low-income Utah residents. It includes a sales tax increase.

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