Another state's attempt to expand Medicaid has bitten the dust.
Utah lawmakers announced Tuesday that they will end their legislative session without reaching agreement on a plan to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in an alternative fashion, as several other Republican-led states have done.
Republican Gov. Gary Herbert has been pushing his "Healthy Utah" plan, which would allow the state to use $250 million in federal dollars to buy health coverage for residents at or near the poverty line. While the Senate supported the plan, the more conservative House instead passed a slimmer plan covering fewer benefits.
Herbert and House leaders had originally promised to hammer out a final agreement by July 31, but now admit the effort is effectively dead this year, although they expressed hope of a compromise next year.
Utah's stalemate puts it among a number of states with GOP governors who have recently tried — but failed — to get their legislatures to approve alternative Medicaid expansion plans. Those states include Tennessee, Idaho and Wyoming.
Obamacare envisions states expanding Medicaid to people earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level, which equals $15,654 for an individual and $32,253 for a family of four. But states are allowed to opt out under a Supreme Court ruling, and 21 have done so.