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Arkansas’ new Medicaid expansion is already seeing cost overruns

Tweet According to a recent analysis from the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), the “private option” Medicaid expansion plan in Arkansas (giving premium subsidies to mostly able-bodied, childless adults to help them purchase private health insurance) has begun seeing cost … Continue reading

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Testimony on SB 251 (Amendments to Medicaid and Health Care)

Tweet Testimony presented by Derek Monson, director of public policy, Sutherland Institute, on Feb. 27 before the Utah Senate Health and Human Services Committee regarding SB 251 – Amendments to Medicaid and Health Care: Thank you Mr. Chair and members … Continue reading

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Using public policy to cover a multitude of sins

Tweet This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. Sutherland Institute recently released a statement in support of the state Legislature’s refusal to expand Medicaid under Obamacare and how it’s choosing … Continue reading

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Sutherland’s position statement on Medicaid expansion

Tweet Sutherland Institute understands the perspective of those calling for Utah to follow Obamacare’s vision of Medicaid expansion. The argument sounds reasonable: Since Utahns are paying tax dollars to Washington, D.C., under Obamacare, then why shouldn’t Utah take every Medicaid … Continue reading

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Why Medicaid expansion will hurt Utah’s most vulnerable

Tweet A new analysis by Jonathan Ingram of the Foundation for Government Accountability and Derek Monson of Sutherland Institute explains why Utah should opt out of Medicaid expansion: Utah’s Medicaid expansion plans put the state’s truly needy citizens at great … Continue reading

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It’s naïve to believe Medicaid expansion promises

Tweet This post is a transcript of a 4-minute weekly radio commentary aired on several Utah radio stations. I have long felt that Medicaid expansion is a central component of Obamacare. If President Obama can get more and more people … Continue reading

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Cast a skeptical eye on Medicaid economic impact predictions

Tweet This is the third of three blog posts discussing the findings of a recent state-funded report on the impacts of Utah’s pending decision on Medicaid expansion. See the other two posts here and here. A recent state-funded analysis projected … Continue reading

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Thousands to lose existing insurance if Medicaid expands

Tweet This is the second of three blog posts discussing the findings of a recent state-funded report on the impacts of Utah’s pending decision on Medicaid expansion. See the first post here. Some Medicaid expansion advocates in Utah believe that, … Continue reading

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Expanding Medicaid in Utah will cost taxpayers millions

Tweet This is the first of three blog posts discussing the findings of a recent state-funded report on the impacts of Utah’s pending decision on Medicaid expansion. Some advocates for expanding Medicaid in Utah have recently opined that “there is … Continue reading

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2013 Legislature: Lockhart and Niederhauser on Medicaid expansion

Tweet During the 2013 Sutherland Institute Legislative Policy Conference, House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser shared their thoughts on whether they believe Utah should accept Medicaid expansion as part of Obamacare’s implementation. See video below: They both … Continue reading

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Obamacare’s prognosis is poor

Tweet Jay Cost over at The Weekly Standard blog wrote a smart blog post recently, titled “Don’t bet on Obamacare,” arguing that Obamacare is likely “doomed” no matter what happens in the elections November. His reasoning: “The bill was badly … Continue reading

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Capitol Daily Memo: health department gulps at possible loss of federal funds

Tweet   Imagine that you’re a third-grader who needs $10 every day for breakfast, lunch and snacks at school, and that you have a generous fifth-grade friend who pays $7 of the cost each day. You “earn” the remaining $3 … Continue reading

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How authentic charity care can work for Utah

Tweet   We mentioned on this blog a few weeks ago that the cost of Medicaid services continues to escalate here in Utah and across the nation. This upward trajectory is not expected to change anytime soon. Although we support … Continue reading

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Turn Medicaid hot potato into a block grant

Tweet   Despite the ongoing debt and deficit battles in Washington, our national leaders need to work together to address a political hot potato – Medicaid – to help get the nation’s fiscal house in order. For Utah, implementing a … Continue reading

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Budget deal: Utah still addicted to the federal trough

Tweet   A year and a half ago I wrote an article for the Standard-Examiner about how Utah is addicted to federal dollars. Since then, nothing has changed. The federal budget deal has again brought this issue to our attention. … Continue reading

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