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Idaho Supreme Court will hear challenge to Medicaid expansion

The Idaho Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the legality of Medicaid expansion, which was approved by voters in November with more than 60 percent of the …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Idaho voters approve Medicaid expansion

Idaho voters have approved the expansion of Medicaid coverage to potentially more than 60,000 low-income adults across the state.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 29, 2018, 6:08 p.m.

Idaho’s Proposition 2 would expand Medicaid in one of the most Republican states

Idaho is one of four Republican-leaning states where voter initiatives to expand Medicaid are on the Nov. 6 ballot.


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 6:04 a.m.

Sandpoint High alumnus Luke Mayville led Medicaid initiative effort

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.

Medicaid expansion in Idaho moves closer to making November ballot

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. Labrador opens door to overturning Medicaid expansion initiative if voters pass it

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 …


Idaho Medicaid expansion initiative down to wire, just 5,000 signatures short of goal

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.


Labrador equates Otter’s failed Idaho Health Care Plan with ‘Medicaid expansion’

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.

Rep. Perry gets Otter’s health-gap coverage bill revived for possible full House vote

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.

Idaho senator introduces bill to expand Medicaid in the state

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.


State losing millions over delay in checking Medicaid applications, audit says

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 considers a new approach to health insurance for sick and working poor

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.

Idaho Senate debates, rejects Medicaid expansion

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.

Dr. Kenneth Krell: Idaho at crucial point for Medicaid expansion

Time may be running out – forever – for Idaho to ever have the opportunity to provide comprehensive coverage for the gap population.


Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers debate health budgets, but not coverage gap

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 …


Dr. Kenneth Krell: Medicaid expansion still makes sense for Idaho

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 …


Idaho legislative panel calls for closing health coverage gap, but no agreement on how

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 …


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

The work of examining alternatives to close Idaho’s health coverage gap isn’t over.


Idaho lawmakers optimistic about closing coverage gap

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 …


Eye on Boise: Legislators in Congress split on budget vote

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 …


Some Idaho lawmakers remain unconvinced about Medicaid expansion

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 …


Medicaid estimate renews cost concerns over ‘Obamacare’

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 …


Idaho health coverage gap can be closed, lawmakers believe

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 …


Otter: No special session on health care, will work with lawmakers for next year

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 …


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 …


Editorial: Editorial: Idaho rebuffs life-saving, cost-saving health care legislation

Idaho Legislature won’t take the health care step needed to save lives and money.


Luke Cavener: Increased access leads to healthier Idaho

The Healthy Idaho Plan uses taxpayers’ dollars wisely and creates a more efficient, cost-effective health care solution in Idaho


Eye on Boise: Tearful Idahoans push for Medicaid expansion

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 …


Failure to expand Medicaid has resulted in nearly 1,000 deaths of Idahoans, doctor says

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 …


Expanded Medicaid in Idaho promoted in physician’s bills

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.