Media Advisory: State leaders to discuss Medicaid waiver with media

MEDIA ADVISORY

State leaders to discuss Medicaid waiver with media

What: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced its approval of a 2016 request from the state of Utah to expand Medicaid services to 4,000 – 6,000 Utah adults without dependent children. The approval also includes authority to use federal funds to provide residential substance abuse treatment services to Medicaid recipients.

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. Phase two of the operation focuses on bringing additional treatment beds into the system to support individuals in recovery. The waiver approval will encourage treatment centers to begin offering services for Medicaid members.

State leaders will provide brief remarks on the approval and take questions from credentialed members of the media.

Who:
Gov. Gary R. Herbert
Lt. Gov. Spencer J. Cox
President Wayne Niederhauser
Speaker Greg Hughes
Representative James A. Dunnigan
Mayor Ben McAdams
Utah Department of Health
Utah Department of Workforce Services
Representatives from Odyssey House
Representatives from First Step House

When:
Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, at 11:05 a.m.

Where:
Utah Capitol, Gold Room
350 N. State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114

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