The latest version of Medicaid expansion, crafted by Gov. Gary Herbert and GOP legislative leaders, failed Tuesday to muster more than a handful of supporters among House Republicans and members of the Senate. Only seven House Republicans voted in favor of UtahAccess+ during a closed caucus meeting that lasted more than four hours, House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, told reporters. That straw vote, along with a poll of both Republican and Democratic senators, leaves little hope of action on a plan to provide health care to some 95,000 low-income Utahns before the 2016 Legislature.
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