Happy Holidays, health care advocates!

By now I am sure you've heard the news: yesterday, the Utah Department of Health received confirmation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that key pieces of the state's " Fallback Plan " waiver , including full Medicaid expansion and work reporting requirements, have been approved.

On January 1st, roughly 60,000 more low-income people will become eligible for Medicaid coverage . These are individuals earning up to approximately $17,000 per year, or a family of four earning up to approximately $35,000 per year.

The state also received approval to implement work reporting requirements.
We will continue to voice the concerns of Utahns about these harmful changes to the Medicaid program that will inevitably result in coverage losses.
But we do not want these work requirements to discourage people from applying!!
Take Care Utah 's enrollment assisters can help people navigate the rules and qualify for exemptions.

Now is the time to spread the word!!
if you've been denied before, it is time to try again.
Let's all work together to watch early-2020 enrollment soar!!
We want to express our utmost gratitude to every single one of you who have worked on this issue over the years. Whether you called your elected officials, talked to your neighbors about expansion, voted for Proposition 3, or attended one of our many rallies and events-- your voice made a difference. YOU made this happen.

Stay tuned-- we are planning a community celebration in the coming weeks, and we would love to see you there!!

Congratulations, Utah-- we are finally a Medicaid expansion state.
With gratitude for your continued advocacy,

Stacy Stanford
Policy Analyst
Utah Health Policy Project