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Eye On Boise

Bill would trim eligibility for medical indigency program, save state $11M

Rep. Janet Trujillo, R-Idaho Falls, and Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, have introduced legislation to disqualify from the state’s medical indigency/catastrophic care program anyone who earns over 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The reason: They now qualify to buy subsidized health insurance through Idaho’s insurance exchange. “I think people should get insurance,” said Schmidt, a physician. Trujillo told Lewiston Tribune reporter Bill Spence, “We're trying to get people to realize they have a certain level of personal responsibility.”

If it becomes law, HB 1101 would save the state $11 million next year and would save counties $5 million. You can read Spence’s full report here at his “Political Theater” blog.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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