SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Republican Gov. Gary Herbert says he wants to reject a full Medicaid expansion in his state, and instead, seek federal dollars to help the poor.
Herbert's decision came after months of pushing back an announcement, making him one of the last governors in the country to announce his intentions about expanding Medicaid.
Herbert says the state will find "innovative ways" to help the poor if the federal government provides the money with no strings attached.
About 60,000 Utah residents are not currently covered by Medicaid or eligible for federal subsidies to pay for private insurance.
His plan would use the money Utah would have received to fully expand to help those up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. The money would help them purchase private plans.