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Medicaid expansion initiative in final push, just 5,000 signatures from goal

An effort to expand Medicaid in Idaho through a citizens initiative is coming down to the wire, the Lewiston Tribune reports, with about 5,000 qualified signatures still needed before the May 1 deadline. Organizers estimate they've collected 51,000 valid signatures so far. To qualify for the November ballot, they need 56,192...

Idaho H&W says estimate of Medicaid gap population has dropped from 78K to up to 62K

The estimated number of Idahoans who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to qualify for subsidized health insurance through Idaho’s insurance exchange has dropped at least 20 percent over the past four years and possibly as much as 35 percent, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare said Monday. There are currently between...

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 Plan bill that was sent back to committee from the House rather than debated and voted up or down on Wednesday, “There’s no question this proposal would have expanded Medicaid and made thousands of Idahoans dependent on the government for their healthcare.”

Labrador claims Idaho Health Care Plan bill was ‘Medicaid expansion’

Oddly, GOP gubernatorial candidate Raul Labrador has just sent out a statement headlined, “Labrador praises conservatives in the Idaho Legislature for rejecting Medicaid expansion,” saying of the Idaho Health Care Plan bill that was sent back to committee from the House today, “There’s no question...

Wood moves to return health care bill to committee

House Health & Welfare Chairman Fred Wood, R-Burley, has moved to return HB 464, the governor's health care bill, to committee. House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, seconded the motion.

Idaho House panel revives health care proposal

An Idaho House panel has revived a previously spiked health care proposal designed to provide coverage to low-income Idahoans. The House Health and Welfare Committee on Monday agreed to send HB 464 — which is backed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter — once again to the House floor for consideration. The committee had already sent that same bill...