As you may have heard, there is a lot of news related to the Medicaid expansion. A Senate committee passed a bill that would partially expand health coverage meaning those living below the poverty level could get access to health insurance. But the federal government has said states need to expand up to 138% of the federal poverty level in order to get the enhanced match funds that have been offered. Just yesterday, Governor Herbert presented his plan to cover all Utahns below 138% of the federal poverty level. While there are still some wrinkles in the plan that need to be ironed out, we are encouraged by the fact that the Governor is proposing a plan that would cover the entire expansion population with an insurance that provides a good benefit to Utahns. We are looking forward to getting more details on the plan, how it would work and shaping it as it moves forward.
Do you want to know how to follow what’s going on with the Utah legislature? There’s good news—there’s an excellent website, www.le.utah.gov that provides lots of ways to track bills, learn about upcoming hearings, and find out the status of a particular piece of legislation.
Democracy Day is coming up soon, right at the beginning of the Utah legislative session on Tuesday, January 28th, just one day after the session convenes. This is a chance for citizens around the state to hear from state dignitaries, witness a debate between Republican and Democratic party leaders, tour the Capitol, and have lunch with their legislators in the Capitol Rotunda. You will also have the opportunity to view the Utah House of Representatives and Senate as consider legislation on the floor and watch votes on proposed bills. The event, including lunch, is free and open to everyone.
If you have ever wanted to learn more about the political process, meet your legislators or tour the Utah State Capitol, register now for Democracy Day 2013, which will be held at the State Capitol Complex on Wednesday, January 30. This year we'll have a discussion between Utah Republican Party Chair Thomas Wright and Utah Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis debating a new host of issues post-election. Professor Chris Karpowitz from the BYU Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, the keynote speaker, will discuss the political landscape and changes ahead with our newly elected political leaders.
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