Lawmaker Panel Meets To Find Health Coverage Alternative For Low-Income Idahoans

Jul 20, 2016

In February, hundreds of people went to the statehouse to show their support for an expansion of Medicaid. About 30 people gave public testimony, sometimes tearfully asking lawmakers to grant health coverage to 78,000 low-income Idahoans.   

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At the time the legislature did not pass a bill to expand the federal program, nor did lawmakers approve an alternative pushed by Governor Butch Otter. Now, an interim legislative work group is picking up where lawmakers left off.

House and Senate leaders created the bipartisan group to find alternatives for covering Idahoans who fall into a health coverage gap, making too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to receive subsidies from the state run insurance exchange.

Wednesday's meeting includes a presentation by the director of health and welfare (listen to the meeting live here).

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