New Coalition Seeks to Expand Medicaid in Utah

Published on November 04, 2013 at 12:54PM

Nearly a dozen nonprofit organization have formed a coalition aimed at prodding Gov. Gary Herbert to make more low-income adults eligible for Medicaid. Calling itself the Coalition for a Compassionate Utah, the group gathered outside the Governor’s Mansion on Friday in a show of support for expanding Medicaid. Organizers say the expansion would provide basic health coverage to more than 123,000 Utah adults who currently are not eligible for Medicaid. The unusual coalition includes Voices for Utah Children, Utahns Against Hunger, Planned Parenthood, Equality Utah, the Sierra Club, the League of Women Voters and Utah’s AFL-CIO. A spokesman for Herbert says he remains undecided as he is trying to strike a “proper balance” between helping the most vulnerable and being responsible with tax money.