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Sen. Jordan on House resolution for gap study committee: ‘This is not a true statement’

Sen. Maryanne Jordan, D-Boise, was the first of the senators on the Health & Welfare Committee this morning to raise a series of pointed questions about an interim study committee resolution on health care, HCR 63, that was quickly introduced and passed in the House yesterday, but voted down unanimously in the Senate committee this morning. She pointed to a section of the resolution that says, “WHEREAS, expansion of traditional Medicaid is not acceptable to the legislature due to cost, service and outcome inefficiencies.”

“I think it’s a false statement,” Jordan said. “The Legislature has not had a full and thorough vetting of Medicaid expansion and made a decision one way or the other. This is a decision that’s getting made by leadership in back rooms, and this is not a true statement.”

She also said she was frustrated to hear from House sponsors of that measure and HB 644, the gap grant program, that they haven’t seen the data about the gap population. “It’s just frustrating that after four years of in-depth actuarial study, people actually claim that they’ve not had the opportunity.”

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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