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As Utahans Consider Proposition 3, They Would Do Well to Consider What Happened in Kentucky

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By Gov. Matt Bevin (R-KY)
Deseret News, Oct. 21, 2018

In an op-ed, Kentucky’s governor warned Utahans about the dangers of a ballot initiative to expand Medicaid. Medicaid was designed for providing health care to low-income pregnant women, children, the elderly and the disabled. Expanding it beyond its original purpose is driving a nearly $300 million hole in the Kentucky state budget, Bevin wrote. Expansion made it harder for Medicaid’s core users to get the care they needed, and harder to reduce waiting lists of children with developmental disabilities who need critical therapeutic services. These outcomes are not unique to Kentucky. Nationwide, the per-person cost of expanding Medicaid has exceeded projections by 76%. Predictions about the total cost missed the mark by 157%. If Utahans approve Proposition 3, they’ll be signing up for the same financial disaster. Read More…