The Affordable Care Act is designed to provide all Americans with a path to health insurance. Starting in January, nearly 60,000 Utah residents can get tax credits to help them afford this insurance.
But unless Utah accepts the federal dollars set aside for the state to fully participate in Medicaid, some Utahns with lower incomes will fall into a "coverage gap." That means they won't get any help toward their health insurance costs, while many with higher incomes will.
Without the Medicaid expansion, a tax credit to buy health insurance is available to a mom and dad with two kids bringing in $90,000 a year, but there's nothing for a single working mom making $12,000.