6 in 10 Utahns support Medicaid expansion effort

6 in 10 Utahns support Medicaid expansion effort
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A majority of Utahns supports an effort to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare to cover more low-income adults, according to a poll released this week. 

Fifty-nine percent of Utahns support a full Medicaid expansion, according to a poll conducted by Dan Jones and Associates for UtahPolicy.com. 

Thirty-six percent oppose expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, while 4 percent said they "don't know." 

Activists in Utah are hoping to expand the state's Medicaid program through a voter referendum next year.

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They have until mid-April to get the required 113,143 signatures to earn a spot on the November 2018 ballot. 

Supporters of the effort were emboldened after a similar effort in Maine passed by voter referendum last month. 

Activists in Idaho are also working to get a question on the state's ballot next year. 

Thirty-one states and Washington, D.C., have expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare.