More than 53,800 people along the Wasatch Front might have qualified for Medicaid if Utah had opted into the program's expansion.
Those numbers come from a new study and interactive map produced the Urban Institute. The map looks at Medicaid, which was expanded to include a whole new group of people as a result of Obamacare — or, officially, the Affordable Care Act. Now, people making as much as 138 percent of the poverty level could get Medicaid.
However, states can choose to participate or not in the Medicaid expansion and, in the words of a recent Tribune editorial, the state is "dithering" on the issue.