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PROPOSITION NUMBER 3 - Expand the state Medicaid health coverage program

November 6, 2018 Utah General Election
Description:

Shall a law be enacted to:

 expand the state Medicaid health coverage program to include coverage, based onincome, for previously ineligible low-income adults;

 maintain the following as they existed on January 1, 2017:

o eligibility standards, benefits, and patient costs for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); and

o the payment rate for healthcare providers under Medicaid and CHIP; and

 use the tax increase described below to pay for Medicaid and CHIP?

This initiative seeks to increase the current state sales tax rate by 0.15%, resulting in a

3.191% increase in the current tax rate.

Initial Fiscal Impact Estimate: The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget estimates that this proposed initiative would, in fiscal year 2021 (upon full phase-in of the federal Affordable Care Act):

• Result in new state fiscal expenses of about $77,000,000 for Medicaid services • Increase state sales taxes by about $90,000,000 by increasing the state sales tax rate by 0.15%, from 4.70% to 4.85% (a 3.2% increase from the current tax rate).

Beyond FY 2021, costs could outpace new revenue depending on actual cost and revenue trajectories. Estimates could vary with changes in federal law, federal funding, taxpayer behavior and Medicaid recipient behavior, among other factors.

In addition, the cost of posting information regarding the proposed initiative in Utah’s statewide newspapers and for printing additional pages in the voter information pamphlet is estimated at $30,000 in one-time funds. Voting Options:

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