The Legislature’s interim working group on Idaho’s health coverage gap has set its first meeting for this Wednesday at 9 a.m.; you can see the full agenda here. It calls for review of legislation that was proposed this year regarding health coverage for the 78,000 Idahoans who make too much to qualify for the state’s limited Medicaid program, but too little to qualify for subsidized health insurance through the state insurance exchange; a review of recommendations from Gov. Butch Otter’s working groups that studied in the issue in depth over the past four years; and committee discussion.
The legislative panel is co-chaired by Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, and Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona. Its members are Sens. Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston; Steve Thayn, R-Emmett; Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon; and MaryAnne Jordan, D-Boise; and Reps. Fred Wood, R-Burley; Judy Boyle, R-Midvale; John VanderWoude, R-Nampa; and Sue Chew, D-Boise. The meeting, in Room WW17 on the lower level of the state Capitol, will be audio-streamed live online here.