Utah Senate Green Light for Child Health Care Expansion Bill – State of Reform

Utah Senate Green Light for Child Health Care Expansion Bill - State of Reform

Eli Kirshbaum | Feb 26, 2021

The Utah Senate today passed Sen. Luz Escamilla’s child health coverage amendments. Pending House approval, SB 158 would dramatically expand health care coverage for children in the state, remove restrictions on their access to health coverage, and significantly expand Medicaid eligibility requirements and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Escamilla explained the access barriers that the bill seeks to remove:

“Currently, in order for you to access Medicaid or CHIP, you must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident. We know there are many multiple statuses that you can be. The way Utah deals with this problem – we’ve been doing it since 2001 – is to not penalize children for decisions and actions over which they have no control. U.S. too…

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