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Working group is unanimous: Expand Medicaid in Idaho

Corey Surber, right, presides over the governor's Medicaid expansion working group on Friday; at left is Idaho Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong. (Betsy Russell)
Corey Surber, right, presides over the governor's Medicaid expansion working group on Friday; at left is Idaho Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong. (Betsy Russell)

Corey Surber, chair of the governor's Medicaid expansion working group, said, "At this point I'm sensing consensus, but I'd like to do one more check." She asked working group members, if they didn't agree with Option 3 - expand Medicaid - with the identified caveats about benefit design, personal accountability and the like - to turn on their microphone lights. None did. That means it's unanimous - the group is backing Medicaid expansion for Idaho.

Still to be finalized is the group's formal report to Gov. Butch Otter, which will be word-smithed and completed over the next few days. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.




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