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Medicaid ideology hurts Idaho

According to a new Kaiser Family Foundation study, the 29 states that expanded Medicaid since the Affordable Care Act have – not surprisingly – witnessed increased enrollment and spending. Those states brought in new low-income enrollees that were not eligible before. In California alone, 3.4 million people were added to the state-run health insurance program. But despite the uptick in Medicaid enrollment in those states, the cost of the program only went up by 3.4 percent. Compare that to a state like Idaho, where the legislature declined to open the program to low-income residents in 2013. Taken together, non-expansion states saw their Medicaid costs increase by twice as much – up 6.9 percent/Frankie Barnhill, Boise State Public Radio. More here.


D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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