Should Idaho Expand Medicaid Coverage?

May 2, 2018

Reclaim Idaho has been collecting signatures for months in an effort to get Idaho to expand its Medicaid coverage. The petition to place expansion on the November ballot as a voter initiative was submitted yesterday with the requisite 60,000 signatures.

The organization is looking for a Medicaid expansion to cover more than 62,000 uninsured Idahoans under the Affordable Care Act; the state legislature voted down any bills exercising the expansion. Opponents to expansion fear state subsidy expenditures will continue to increase until it consumes the state budget.

Tracy Olson, Ada/Canyon County co-leader of Reclaim Idaho and Fred Birnbaum, vice-president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation join Gemma Gaudette to talk about expanding Medicaid to fill the uninsured gap and concerns about the cost to Idahoans.