- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he is sending staff to Washington D.C. to start negotiations on Monday with federal officials over Medicaid.

Herbert told reporters Tuesday that he himself will travel there in April to continue talks.

The Republican governor wants to expand Medicaid by seeking a block grant of federal money rather than more enrolling poor Utah residents on the government health care program.

Herbert wants the federal money to help about 110,000 low-income residents buy health coverage in private plans.

Utah legislators, who need to agree to fund a Medicaid plan, have a number of options to consider that range from doing nothing to full expansion.

Lawmakers have not united behind a single plan.

Herbert says legislators may need to discuss the issue in a special session.

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