Utahns eligible for the state’s small-scale Medicaid expansion plan, even if it is approved by the federal government, likely will be unable to enroll in the program on the estimated Jan. 1 start date.
The plan, projected to cover 9,000 to 11,000 people, recently underwent federal public comment. It targets childless adults who are chronically homeless, involved in the justice system or in need of mental-health or substance-abuse treatment. It also expands coverage of low-income parents with dependent children previously not covered by Medicaid.
Nate Checketts, the Utah Department of Health’s deputy director, said Thursday that the state was hoping to receive an “early nod” from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, indicating that the plan was “on a good path” by September. That way, Checketts said, the state could start changing its eligibility system, among other things, in preparation for enrollment.

It’s received no such nod from the feds, who …
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Utahns likely won't be able to sign up for Medicaid expansion on Jan. 1