State of Utah to expand Medicaid services

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4  Utah)- Medicaid services in Utah are expanding.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday the approval of a 2016 request from the state to expand Medicaid services from 4,000 adults without dependent children to 6,000. 

The expansion includes the use of federal funds to provide substance abuse treatment services to recipients. 

The Utah Health Department says the program is designed to provide Medicaid coverage for the following adults:

  • Parents with dependent children earning up to 60% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
  • Adults without dependent children earning up to 5% of the FPL who are:
    • Chronically homeless
    • Involved in the justice system through probation, parole, or court ordered treatment needing substance abuse or mental health treatment
    • Needing substance abuse treatment or mental health treatment

"This limited expansion of Medicaid is a critical element of Operation Rio Grande, as many of the newly eligible recipients will be members of the homeless population," a release from the state of Utah said.

They believe the approval will encourage these treatment centers to begin offering services for Medicaid members. 

This waiver approval does not include the proposed amendments that were submitted to CMS in August 2017 which included a work requirement and limitation on eligible months of coverage.

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