Citizen’s Initiative to Expand Health Care Officially Qualifies for November Ballot

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor officially certified the Utah Decides Healthcare Act of 2018 to have met the signature qualifications to be placed on the November ballot.

The Utah Decides Healthcare initiative would bring Medicaid coverage to individuals earning less than $17,000 a year, or $34,000 for a family of four—many of whom are working parents or people whose jobs don’t provide healthcare. Many would get coverage for the first time and have not been able to see a doctor in years. The measure would help many rural Utahns who rely on hospitals and clinics, which face particularly high costs treating large numbers of uninsured patients.

RyLee Curtis, Campaign Manager for the ballot initiative said, “We want to say a big THANK YOU to every one of the hundreds of thousands of Utahns who signed the petition and helped us qualify for this ballot. This was a critical milestone to ensure 150,000 Utahns will gain access to healthcare coverage. We are working hard to win in November to make sure our friends and neighbors have healthcare coverage when they truly need it.”

Utah Decides Healthcare turned in close to 205,000 signatures collected across the state to qualify the initiative for the ballot in November. The state requires 113,143 valid signatures from 26 of 29 Senate Districts. After completing its standard review, the Lt. Governor’s office officially pronounced the signatures Utah Decides Healthcare turned in were sufficient to qualify for the November ballot.

This initiative would bring back more than $800 million in federal money to Utah that would pay for at least 90 percent of the expansion. These funds have resulted in more jobs and greater economic activity in other states that expanded Medicaid. An increase in state sales tax, on non-food items, of less than two tenths of one cent — roughly one penny on the purchase of an average movie ticket, would fund the remainder.