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Utah governor hopes for Medicaid expansion deal with federal officials by the end of summer

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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says talks with federal officials over a Medicaid expansion plan are progressing.

Herbert, a Republican, said Friday he hopes to reach an agreement with federal officials by the end of this summer. He is returning Monday to Washington, D.C. to continue negotiations.

He said he doesn't expect the resignation of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to have an effect on the talks.

He is seeking a chunk of federal money for a three-year pilot program to pay for about 110,000 people to buy private health insurance. But the governor has not outlined the details of his proposal or how much flexibility he's seeking.

An agreement with federal officials must also get approval from Utah's Legislature.

There is no deadline to approve a plan.

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