Politics
4:12 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Herbert: Medicaid Decision Delayed

  Utah Governor Gary Herbert says a decision on expanding Utah's Medicaid program may have to wait until this summer.  Herbert told his monthly news conference on KUED Thursday morning that Utah won't follow the lead of any other state on the issue.

“I’m not going to make a decision on Medicaid expansion during this legislative session," Herbert said in ghis opening statement.  "It’s too critical to make sure we do it right rather than do it quick, and we don’t have enough time between now and March 14th to do the proper analysis on Medicaid expansion.”

Herbert says he can call a special session of the legislature if that’s  necessary to deal with Medicaid.  He then left for Washington to talk about Medicaid, the possibility of big federal budget cuts and other issues with the National Governors Association.