Senate Committee Hears Bill on Medicaid Coverage


Approximately 20 witnesses spoke in opposition to HJR 117 when it was heard before the Senate Appropriations Committee. HJR 117, sponsored by Rep. Cody Smith (R-Cartage), would let the voters decide whether to add work requirements for people newly eligible because of Medicaid expansion and make portions of the Medicaid program subject to annual appropriations.

Rep. Smith said the state is unlikely to be short of cash soon, with the state sitting on a general revenue surplus of nearly $3 billion. In addition, the state will receive $1 billion in federal aid for Medicaid because it expanded eligibility. Rep. Smith estimated it would provide five years of coverage, although that number was disputed by several committee members who said the number was more like eight or ten years.

When it came time for public testimony, no one spoke in support of the bill, Numerous witnesses testified against the bill, including health care providers, the AARP, the American Cancer Society, and the MCC. The committee took no action on the bill.

March 25, 2022 - 10:47am

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