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Herbert’s ‘Healthy Utah’ proposal

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert wants to use public Medicaid dollars to buy private coverage for an estimated 111,000 Utahns with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or $15,856 for an individual or $31,322 for a family of four.

Participants in his “Healthy Utah” plan would have to contribute an average of $420 a year toward their health care.

Some would face a work requirement. Low-income parents whose children are on Medicaid could get financial help to move the whole family onto a private health plan.

“On private insurance, they can probably get better quality of care and will have more insurance choices to fit their unique [health] needs,” Herbert said. “Nobody’s getting a free ride; they’ve got to put skin in the game. It’ll make for a better program with better outcomes and give us better bang for the buck.”

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The Department of Workforce Services is seeking public input on its new food stamp work requirements on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in room 157 of the agency’s satellite offices (1385 South State Street).

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