After fight for a hearing, Utah House committee votes down governor's Medicaid plan

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SALT LAKE CITY — Lawmakers in Utah's House of Representatives have rejected Gov. Gary Herbert's hard fought Medicaid plan to help more of the state's poor get health insurance.

A House business and labor committee voted 4-9 Wednesday night against the Republican governor's proposal.

Representatives for Herbert had no immediate comment on the vote.

The committee planned to also vote later Wednesday night on an alternative Medicaid plan from House GOP lawmakers that covers fewer people and costs more.

House leaders say their plan offers more stability to the state than Herbert's plan, which relies on a chunk of federal money to help people enroll in private insurance.

The alternative plan from the House would cover some of the state's very poorest under the traditional state-federal Medicaid program.

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