It was reported this week that the Obama administration has "agreed in concept" to Utah Governor Gary Herbert's alternative Medicaid expansion plan. Herbert's plan would include a requirement that able-bodied people who get insurance subsidies participate in the state's job seeker assistance program. Following a meeting with HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell, Herbert said that while the department did not give final approval for insurance subsidies being contingent on recipients being employed or looking for work, it did agree that employment can be a goal of the state's plan.
Similar to other states' proposals, Utah's plan would use federal dollars to subsidize the purchase of private insurance plans in the state's health insurance marketplace. Herbert said that a final agreement is two or three weeks away.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune