Former Rep. Jorgensen pushes for Medicaid expansion
As you may have heard, Governor Matt Mead is struggling with whether to recommend that the state expand Medicaid offerings. It would provide federal insurance to more people in the state and supporters say it would save the state health care dollars in the long run. But the Governor says it could cost the state millions of dollars in up-front costs. Former State Representative Pete Jorgensen, a Democrat from Jackson, says the long term benefits of an expansion make it worth it. Jorgensen was a long time member of the legislature’s Joint Appropriations Committee and is pushing state health officials to go ahead with the Medicaid expansion. He joins us to discuss it.