Eye On Boise

Meetings set on Idaho’s path forward on health care reform

Gov. Butch Otter's health insurance exchange working group, chaired by Idaho Insurance Director Bill Deal, has announced it'll hold its first meeting next Thursday, Aug. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the west conference room of the J.R. Williams Building, 700 W. State St. The meeting is open to the public; you can see the full meeting notice here.

Meanwhile, the Medicaid expansion working group, chaired by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong, will hold its first meeting Aug. 6, also from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; it'll be at the seventh floor conference room of the Pete T. Cenarrusa Building, 450 W. State St.

Otter appointed the two groups to look into both issues and advise him how the state should proceed after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the national health care reform law. A joint legislative panel, the Health Care Task Force, will discuss some of the same issues during an all-day meeting on Monday, starting at 9 a.m. in room EW 42 of the state capitol; that meeting's agenda includes presentations from both Deal and Armstrong.

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