Medicaid study group presents options to governor

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A state study group has laid out options for expanding Medicaid in Utah, though Gov. Gary Herbert says he’s still holding off on a decision about expanding the program.

At the governor’s annual health summit Thursday, Herbert reiterated that he has not yet made a decision, but said he’s getting closer.

Herbert has previously said he may not decide until January.

As part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, states have the option of expanding Medicaid eligibility to people making up to 138 percent of the poverty level.

If states opt to expand, the federal government says it will pay the full cost through 2016 and 90 percent after that.

If Utah fully expands its program, about 123,000 uninsured people in the state would gain coverage under Medicaid.

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