Most people agree that health care is too expensive, making the cost of accessing even the most basic care out of reach for many low-income Utahns.
AARP Utah as worked closely with health care advocates in Utah to make sure “safety net” programs such as Medicaid are kept affordable for the most vulnerable people in the state. This work has already begun, as the Utah Department of Health filed a “waiver” with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), asking if it could change the way it delivers services to Utahns that differs from the federal plan.
AARP Utah has worked closely with the Utah Health Policy Project on reviewing the waiver, which summarized concerns in a June 2011 position paper, Better Care for Medicaid Patients: What it Takes, as follows:
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