- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on a plan to cover more of Utah’s poor in Medicaid (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

A pared-down plan to expand Medicaid to Utah’s poorest has picked up bipartisan support from lawmakers, including some who voted against broader plans last year.

The program approved by a House committee Monday evening would cover about 16,000 people who are homeless or in programs such as parole, probation or treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues.

The bare-bones plan would cost Utah about $30 million and cover fewer people than a plan proposed by Utah’s governor last year that would have covered more than 100,000.

Republicans in Utah’s House of Representatives rejected Herbert’s plan last year, citing concerns that enrollment and costs would balloon.

The plan approved Monday comes from House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan. It now awaits a vote from the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.

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12:55 p.m.

Utah lawmakers who have rejected several plans to expand Medicaid in the past will debate a pared-down proposal on Monday afternoon that would insure mostly childless adults who are on the verge of homeless.

The program would cover about 16,000 people and cost Utah about $30 million. The federal government would kick in about $70 million to cover the rest.

The plan comes from House Majority Leader Jim Dunnigan, a Republican. Republicans in Utah’s House of Representatives have rejected several past Medicaid plans, citing concerns that costs would balloon.

Senate President Wayne Niederhauser says he believes Dunnigan’s plan has a good chance of passing in Utah’s Senate.

Critics of the plan say it doesn’t help enough people and that Utah would be walking away from millions that the U.S. government has offered to insure more of the state’s poor.


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