(Salt Lake City_ Governor Gary Herberts Healthy Utah Health plan is stalled in Washington. The issue, the work requirement in the Utah Plan. Herbert said Thursday during his monthly KUED news conference that he’s “cautiously optimistic” that he and the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services will resolve their differences over that final stumbling block when he’s in Washington next month. Herbert Said, “If we can get it done by the end of September then we’ll be able to seal the deal,” he said, adding that the Legislature could still approve his Healthy Utah plan before its general session in January. “We think it’s good policy for those who can work, you ought to have a job (or) at least be part of the program rather than just being on the government dole.”.
The state and feds have been negotiating for months on the plan, which essentially would have the feds turn over $258 million that it would have provided to expand Medicaid eligibility in Utah — letting the state give low-income people subsidies to buy private health insurance instead.