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Mark Your Calender: Medicaid Expansion Vigil

I am writing to let you know of a very important event coming up in mid-October. Across the nation there are 23 states that have not expanded their Medicaid programs to their gap populations. Utah is one of the non-expansion states, with over 45,000 Utahns currently living with no access to affordable healthcare coverage. These Utahns earn too little to qualify for help on, yet earn too much money or otherwise don’t qualify for our current Medicaid program.

On Saturday, October 18th, 2014 supporters of Medicaid expansion in over a dozen states will gather at their state capitols for candlelight vigils in support of Medicaid expansion.

In Utah we will gather at the south steps of the state capitol to implore our legislature to accept federal funding for Medicaid expansion or Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan. Religious leaders, healthcare professionals, and Utahns who fall into the coverage gap will speak.

Dr. David Sundwall will be speaking at this event.

Date: Saturday October 18th

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Utah State Capitol, South Steps of the State Capitol, outdoors

Vigil Event: Link

Petition Link: Link

Please share this event information!!!

RyLee Curtis
Medicaid Policy Analyst
Utah Health Policy Project
1832 W. Research Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
C: 801-706-7831
O: 801-433-2299 x.8


Medicaid Expansion Update, Yet Again ---

At this date, June 10th, Governor Herbert is still negotiating with the federal government to get a waiver to allow Utah to dispense the taxes paid by Utahns and set aside for Medicaid expansion through the Governor’s Health Utah Plan.  This plan of the Governor is to help low wage Utahan adults to buy into the private insurance market.   Download for the rest of the article:



How to Find a Bill on Utah’s legislative page:

To review a bill – go online to ,

Either click on Bills in the left menu bar then click on 2014 Bills at the bottom of the drop down menu. On the next page use the links to find the bill number you are interested in. Or use the search function at the top center.  Be sure you have selected 2014 as the year of the legislative session of interest.  Also be sure you have the correct initials before the number of the bill….HB or SB for most.  



What Might Medicaid Expansion Mean for Utah?
Written by Kathleen Kaufman, President, UNA

As nurses, you have the lived experience of what Medicaid expansion will mean for patients. With this appreciation, I hope you will read on. Let’s look at some background and actual figures.

What is Medicaid?

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