HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson approved a plan by Utah to grant monthly health-insurance subsidies to uninsured residents earning less than 150% of the poverty level. The plan, approved as an amendment to an earlier Medicaid waiver, could help as many as 6,000 workers purchase coverage through their employers. In 2002 HHS approved a waiver that allowed Utah to extend some Medicaid benefits to an estimated 25,000 uninsured residents. The waiver marked the first time the federal government has let a state reduce benefits to current Medicaid enrollees to expand access for others and offer a Medicaid plan that doesn't cover hospitalization. -- by Mark Taylor
Utah gets OK for new effort to help uninsured
Send us a letter
Have an opinion about this story? Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and we may publish it in print.