Stories tagged: Medicaid expansion
UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 6:04 a.m.
Luke Mayville was a junior at Sandpoint High School when the 9/11 attacks happened in September of 2001, and his English teacher, Marianne Love, encouraged the quiet, high-performing student to …
UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 10:46 p.m.
Backers of the Medicaid expansion initiative announced Monday that they have more than enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot in Idaho.
UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 10:08 p.m.
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 …
Fri., April 20, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
An effort to expand Medicaid in Idaho through a citizens initiative is coming down to the wire, with about 5,000 qualified signatures still needed before the May 1 deadline.
Sun., March 25, 2018
Oddly, GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador sent out a statement last week headlined, “Labrador praises conservatives in the Idaho Legislature for rejecting Medicaid expansion,” saying of the Idaho Health Care …
UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 7:45 p.m.
In a surprise move Monday, an Idaho House committee revived Gov. Butch Otter’s “Idaho Health Care Plan” proposal and sent the dual-waiver measure to the full House for debate.
UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 5:04 p.m.
An Idaho senator filed a personal bill Friday to expand Medicaid in Idaho, saying lawmakers need to keep that idea in mind even as they consider other options.
Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 8:19 p.m.
The backlog in processing applications for expanded Medicaid coverage is costing the state millions, state audit report says.
UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 9:13 a.m.
Idaho health officials are taking another crack at addressing the state’s Medicaid gap, with a new approach that would close part of the gap.
UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 11:07 p.m.
The Idaho Senate debated and rejected Medicaid expansion on Thursday, as Senate Democrats pushed the plan in an amendment.
UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2017, 6:57 a.m.
Time may be running out – forever – for Idaho to ever have the opportunity to provide comprehensive coverage for the gap population.
Sun., Feb. 5, 2017, 6:09 a.m.
Idaho lawmakers have just finished a full week of hearings on health and human services budgets, and while major changes and initiatives are underway in some areas, there was little …
Sun., Nov. 27, 2016
Now is the most efficacious time for Idaho to expand Medicaid. Get the working poor and disabled on the rolls this year so any continued program designed by Congress will …
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, 11:12 a.m.
A legislative working group that held months of meetings and hearings voted unanimously on Tuesday to call for the 2017 Idaho Legislature to take action to address the state’s health …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 1:55 p.m.
The work of examining alternatives to close Idaho’s health coverage gap isn’t over.
Mon., Oct. 24, 2016, 3:52 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers on a special committee examining options for addressing the state’s health coverage gap met most of the day Monday without reaching any consensus, but the panel’s co-chairs say …
Sun., Oct. 2, 2016
Idaho’s all-GOP congressional delegation split down the middle late last week as the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a continuing resolution to fund the government – avoiding a government shutdown …
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 5:21 p.m.
Even after months of hearings, overwhelmingly positive public comments and stacks of statistics showing Idaho would save millions, some state lawmakers remain reluctant to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds to …
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, 8:10 p.m.
WASHINGTON – A government report finds that the cost of expanding Medicaid to millions more low-income people is increasing faster than expected, raising questions about a vital part of President …
Fri., June 17, 2016, 10:40 a.m.
Idaho’s top House and Senate leaders expressed optimism Friday that a new legislative panel can help state lawmakers resolve their differences and find a way to cover the 78,000 Idahoans …
Mon., March 28, 2016, 2:05 p.m.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he was “a little disappointed” state lawmakers took no action to close the state’s health coverage gap, but said he won’t call a …
Thu., March 17, 2016, 1:37 p.m.
Idaho senator will give up state-paid health insurance until Legislature provides coverage for others
Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician who’s ardently advocated for expanding Idaho’s Medicaid program, announced Thursday that he’s giving up his state-paid health insurance because the state provides no coverage …
Wed., March 16, 2016
Idaho Legislature won’t take the health care step needed to save lives and money.
Sun., March 6, 2016
The Healthy Idaho Plan uses taxpayers’ dollars wisely and creates a more efficient, cost-effective health care solution in Idaho
Sun., Feb. 14, 2016, 5 a.m.
BOISE – Hundreds of people filled the state Capitol’s largest hearing room Friday morning to press for expanding Medicaid to help Idahoans who don’t have health insurance, reforming the state’s …
Tue., Feb. 2, 2016, 5:32 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers are responsible for the deaths of close to 1,000 Idahoans in the past three years because they’ve refused to expand Medicaid, a doctor told a state Senate committee …
Fri., Jan. 22, 2016, 11:13 a.m.
Two bills to expand Medicaid in Idaho were introduced in the Idaho Senate on Friday, both as personal bills filed by Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician.
Thu., Jan. 7, 2016, 11:54 a.m.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is expected to unveil a new $30M plan to provide at least some primary care to the 78,000 Idahoans who currently fall into the coverage gap …
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 3, 2015, 11:40 p.m.
Eye on Boise column for Sunday: Counties back closing coverage gap
Fri., Dec. 20, 2013
Idaho has the second-highest rate of uninsured veterans in the nation, and if the state chose to expand its Medicaid program at federal expense, more than a third of those …