Federal government approves partial Utah Medicaid expansion

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid on Friday approved a request from Utah for a partial statewide Medicaid expansion that includes a work requirement. The Utah Department of Health announced that Utah residents who earn up to 95 percent of the federal poverty level, at least 70,000 Utah adults, will be eligible for Medicaid as of Monday. The Utah program, enacted by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert, is the first such partial expansion of Medicaid, rather than the full expansion envisioned under Obamacare, to be approved by the administration. It supplants a version of Obamacare Medicaid expansion that Utah voters had approved through a ballot initiative in the fall.

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