Utah Governor says special session on Medicaid expansion coming

August 20, 2015

Lawmakers could be called into special session as soon as next month to vote on a new Medicaid expansion plan that's nearing completion, Gov. Gary Herbert said. The governor said the new plan to use the $600 million in federal funds available to the state under the ACA to provide coverage to low-income residents of Utah should be ready in a few weeks. The governor and GOP legislative leaders have been meeting privately for months to come up with a proposal. The new plan will include assessments of hospitals, doctors, drug companies and others to pay the state's share of the program, which will amount to 10% of the cost by 2021.