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Mon., July 8, 2013, 2:27 p.m.

Failure to expand Medicaid could cost Idaho industry

Large Idaho employers would face millions in costs if the state declines to expand its Medicaid program, according to a new report from the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry. “For us, it's a business-numbers issue,” IACI President Alex LaBeau told Idaho Statesman reporter Audrey Dutton. “It's pretty clear from the information and the numbers that Medicaid expansion would save industry a lot of money.”

Dutton reported on IACI's findings over the weekend; click below for a full report from the Statesman and The Associated Press. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter convened a working group a year ago that studied the issue and recommended expanding Medicaid, but only if the move is accompanied by reforms in the program; Idaho took no action this year, but still could. More here. Betsy Russell, EOB

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.