State of Utah Medicaid Expansion Assessment Impact Analysis: 2014-2023
In June of 2012 the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that states expand their Medicaid programs to an entirely new population group was unconstitutional. Thus states were allowed to keep their current federal Medicaid funding regardless of whether or not they choose to expand Medicaid.
Following this ruling many states, including Utah, identified a need to determine if expanding Medicaid would be beneficial to the state. As part of its efforts in this regard, the Utah Department of Health (DOH) contracted with the Public Consulting Group (PCG) to model and project the impacts of expanding or not expanding Utah’s Medicaid program.
The following report estimates Medicaid enrollment and costs and savings in Utah under multiple scenarios and with differing populations.