Utah Lawmakers Begin Considering How to Implement Healthcare Law

Utah Lawmakers Begin Considering How To Implement Healthcare Law.
The Salt Lake Tribune (5/20, Stewart) reports, "Talk of Utah opting out of federal health reform all but disappeared Wednesday as legislative leaders turned their attention to influencing the regulations that will implement the 2,700-page overhaul." Notably, the new healthcare law "will have far-reaching implications, reducing Utah's ranks of uninsured, expanding Medicaid to cover more low-income people and subsidizing the purchase of private health coverage through marketplaces, or exchanges." And, "implementing it will take more than a decade and involve seven state agencies. Utah Governor Gary Herbert has asked Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell to coordinate the effort." Utah "expects having to inject an extra $78 million into Medicaid starting in 2015."