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Utah Considers Medicaid Surcharge for Smokers

Utah is considering a surcharge for Medicaid patients who smoke.

Utah state representative Paul Ray claims that Medicaid recipients who smoke cost the state’s Medicaid program an additional $100 million a year and that if they can afford $7 for a pack of cigarettes, they should be able to afford the surcharge.

While Rep. Ray concedes that his proposal needs more work, he maintains that the issue merits public discussion.

Read about Rep. Ray’s proposal in articles in USA Today and the Salt Lake TribuneSurgical masks.

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