Medicaid is expensive, but what is it worth?

18 July 2012 Published in What's New?

Health reform • Utah’s policy debate has shifted from covering the uninsured to curbing spending.

Expanding Medicaid would cut Utah’s ranks of uninsured nearly in half.

Doing so would cost a pretty penny — billions in mostly federal dollars over the next decade — a point hammered on by state lawmakers at a Health Reform Task Force meeting last week.

But is there any upside to such spending? What is the value of giving 139,000 mostly working poor adults access to routine medical care?

 Medicaid is expensive, but what is it worth? (Salt Lake Tribune, 7-18-12)