In Utah, most adults without children are completely ineligible for Medicaid benefits. Adults with children are eligible, but only up to 44 percent of the federal poverty limit, which is $10,360 for a family of four. That’s why AARP Utah supports expansion of the program in our state as outlined in the Affordable Care Act.
It’s important for people to pay their fair share for health care, but it’s also important to provide a safety net for those with disabilities or extremely low income. It also makes good economic sense. The government will pay 100 percent of the cost of expansion for the first three years, and 90 percent thereafter. People will receive affordable care when they most need it instead of relying on emergency rooms for primary care.
AARP Utah will be working with legislators throughout the interim session to find a solution that works for our state. We urge the public to stay involved as well. Information about the interim session and Medicaid deliberations can be found at www.le.utah.gov.