- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert shied away from announcing a plan on Medicaid expansion during his annual State of the State speech Wednesday evening.

The Republican governor instead says he wants to work with lawmakers to find a Utah solution that supports private markets, maximizes flexibility and is in the best interest of taxpayers.

Herbert said earlier this month that he had made a decision about the issue but he has declined to provide details. He says he’ll make an announcement at a later date.

Under the federal health care law, states have the option of expanding eligibility for Medicaid, the state-federal program for low-income people.

If states expand the program, the federal government has offered to pick up the full cost of Medicaid expansion through 2016 and 90 percent after that.

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