While politicians in Washington keep spinning in circles and accomplishing nothing, this initiative lets the people of Utah decide what’s best for our state. This initiative protects our state’s most vulnerable citizens—seniors in nursing homes, mothers and hardworking young families – to ensure they will have coverage. That’s common sense and basic decency. And those are Utah Values.
Utah Decides Healthcare brings local control to the healthcare debate, allowing Utah voters to decide what is best for their families. We’re fighting to provide vitally needed healthcare to our most vulnerable citizens, including working and low-income families who need it most.
The Utah Decides Healthcare Act will ensure affordable access to doctors and hospitals for all individuals and families in Utah with incomes below 138 percent of the federal poverty line (less than $16,642 for individuals and less than $33,900 for a family of four). The initiative will keep today’s standards for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program eligibility and ensure that they are always there for Utah families. It will raise the sales tax on non-food items in Utah from 4.7 percent to 4.85 percent—about 3 cents for every $20—to cover the cost of bringing medical care to tens of thousands of Utahns, some for the very first time.