"Per capita caps are not, and cannot, be the fiscal solution that Utah legislators are looking for. The solution was what voters chose last November when they supported full Medicaid expansion: better access to coverage," said Courtney Bullard, educations and collaborations director, continuing, "Per capita caps create a growing gap between the money that Utah's Medicaid program needs, and the money that the federal government will give. It is the feature of the plan and will never operate within the interest of the state, and the state's health care consumers."
"Utah is pursuing myriad ways to tie its own hands, instead of expanding Medicaid in a straightforward, fiscally responsible way, or working to reduce health care costs. This will result in cutting vulnerable people off from the care they need to be healthy and productive Utahns. A per capita cap and an enrollment cap do not address Utah's rising health care expenses, but pretend the fiscal challenges will go away if you cut enough services and enrollees from the Medicaid program," said Stacy Stanford, policy analyst.