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Eye On Boise Medicaid expansion archive

FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2018

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018


Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, speaks during a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho, Monday, April 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger) (Otto Kitsinger / AP)

Labrador opens door to overturning Medicaid expansion initiative if voters pass it; link to full story

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador said Thursday that if the state’s voters both elect him governor and pass the initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho, he’d consider working to overturn the voter-passed initiative. In Idaho, a voter-passed initiative has the same status as a law passed by the Legislature – lawmakers and the governor can change or...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 27, 2018

FRIDAY, JAN. 19, 2018

THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 23, 2017

Advocates file Idaho Medicaid expansion ballot initiative

Health advocates who have been stymied by Idaho's Republican-dominant Legislature to expand Medicaid have filed paperwork for a ballot initiative. Deputy Secretary of State Tim Hurst said Monday that the state elections office received the ballot initiative proposal last week. The initiative must now be vetted by the Attorney General's office...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 11, 2017

Dick Armstrong, the recently retired director of Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare, is championing a new approach to closing Idaho’s health coverage gap. (State of Idaho)

Idaho eyeing new approach on health coverage gap 13 

Idaho health officials are taking another crack at addressing the state’s Medicaid gap. But unlike prior efforts to simply expand Medicaid or design special programs for low-income Idahoans, the new plan would help the middle class by getting health insurance rate hikes under control, its proponents say. In its fiscal 2018 budget request...

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Domed ceiling of the Idaho Senate chamber (Betsy Z. Russell)

Idaho Senate debates, rejects Medicaid expansion 

The Idaho Senate debated and rejected Medicaid expansion this afternoon, as Senate Democrats pushed the plan in an amendment. “Over the past couple of years we had much discussion about waiting for the presidential election,” said Sen. Maryanne Jordan, D-Boise. “Well, that’s happened. Then the...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017

TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016

TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2016

FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2016

Idaho state Capitol dome (Betsy Z. Russell)

Legislative leaders say Idaho's work to close health coverage gap isn't ending 

The work of the Legislature’s study panel examining alternatives to close Idaho’s health coverage gap isn’t over, legislative leaders said Friday, even though President-elect Donald Trump is vowing to repeal Obamacare. “I don’t believe that is dead,” said House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley. “I don’t think the problem has gone away.” Full story...

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MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016

Lawmakers weigh in on gap coverage options... 

Among those on the Legislature’s health coverage panel weighing in with their ideas today: Rep. John VanderWoude, R-Nampa, said he favors not accepting federal Medicaid expansion funds, but making grants of state funds for primary care for people in the coverage gap. “I think the...

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