Charity care offered as alternative to Medicaid expansion

(Deseret News) Providing charity health care for Utahns was offered Tuesday as an alternative to the state accepting an expansion of Medicaid during a panel discussion sponsored by the Sutherland Institute.

Former state senator Dan Liljenquist, who sponsored Medicaid reform legislation, said it is “shortsighted and inaccurate” to say that Medicaid is the only way to ensure there is a safety net for Utahns who can’t afford health insurance.

Liljenquist, a Republican who unsuccessfully challenged Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, last year, said the prospect of the community coming together to take care of those in need should not be written off “as some hokey thing.”

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