You can read my full story here at spokesman.com on Gov. Butch Otter's pitch to state lawmakers today for the state to apply for a $40 million federal grant to set up its own health insurance exchange - to avoid the feds stepping in and doing it for the state - and the supportive response from lawmakers, including some who are leery of any participation in national health care reforms. The state has to apply for the grant by Sept. 30; it could decide later to return some or all of the money with no penalty, Otter said.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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