Interesting take on dealing with Medicaid, which will be the subject of our May 14 Utah Breakfast Club.

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert is expected to start meeting in early April with legislative leaders to hammer out an agreement on his Healthy Utah alternative to Medicaid expansion, but their discussions will stay behind closed doors.

”We kind of tried this the old-fashioned way and it didn’t quite work,” the governor’s spokesman, Marty Carpenter, said of the decision to conduct their work through private negotiations rather than in public meetings.

The 2015 Legislature failed to pass Herbert’s Healthy Utah plan to use nearly $1 billion available under the Affordable Care Act to provide health care to low-income Utahns over the next two years, including those in the so-called coverage gap.