May 31, 2019

Voices for Utah Children Opposes Medicaid Funding Caps and Cuts

Voices for Utah Children opposes the state of Utah’s proposal to make harmful changes to the Medicaid program. As part of Senate Bill 96, which rolled back Proposition 3 full Medicaid Expansion, the Utah Department of Health is required to seek a federal waiver to add restrictions and cuts to Medicaid. The  “Per Capita Cap” waiver is a dangerous proposal that puts the overall financial stability of the Medicaid program at risk by capping funding and creating new barriers for families seeking care.  

This waiver proposal undermines voter-approved full Medicaid expansion; it limits coverage options to a fraction of those who need it; and sets a dangerous precedent for other states looking to deny vulnerable residents affordable coverage options.

It is imperative that Utah instead realize full Medicaid expansion- without caps, cuts or barriers, so Utahns can get the affordable coverage they need to thrive.

The public now has an important opportunity to comment on the waiver proposal. Public comments play a critical role and can make a difference in defeating these proposed harmful changes. Learn more and submit your comments.