Utah Decided on Healthcare. Now We Need to Make It Happen. 

On November 6, Utah voters spoke in favor of expanding state health coverage. Now it's time for legislators to listen to voters by not putting up any barriers that would keep Utahns from accessing their healthcare. The health coverage program expansion was approved by a majority of the vote. The election was clear. We cannot continue to let thousands of hard-working Utahns go without health coverage. Utah legislators are already discussing ways to add layers of bureaucracy to the system that could increase government costs and hurt older Utahns who, as you know, can find it more difficult to find a job.

It's vital now that the legislators respect the action that Utah voters approvedand allow full implementation of the voter passed ballot initiative.

Here are some points to consider in your message:

1. Utahns overwhelmingly voted to pass Medicaid expansion. The legislature should implement the will of the voters.

2. A work requirement experiment in Arkansas has caused more than 12,000 people to lose their health coverage. We shouldn’t put additional bureaucracy between people and their doctors.

3. Instituting barriers to health coverage is very costly: Kentucky plans to spend $187 million on the administrative costs for instituting new barriers to coverage, and plans to spend $374 million over two years.

4. One of the best things about Proposition 3 is its administrative simplicity. By creating new barriers to coverage, we add cost and bureaucracy to the program.

5. Instituting barriers to coverage opens Utah to costly lawsuits. Kentucky's proposal has been stalled in federal court for over half a year after being deemed illegal. Arkansas is in a similar legal battle.

6. These new restrictions could impact those unpaid family caregivers who care for their loved ones at home.These family caregivers save Idaho taxpayers money by keeping their loved ones out of costly nursing home or other institutional care settings.

7. Access to health care creates a healthy and productive workforce.

8. Studies in Michigan and Ohio showed that once workers got access to Medicaid they took 10% fewer sick days. Taking away their coverage is an easy way to hurt Utah businesses. 

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