Medicaid expansion, as passed by more than 60 percent of the
Many states took advantage of Affordable Care Act rules that allowed them to broaden Medicaid coverage with the feds covering 90 percent of the cost. The only "catch" was states must abide by rules set forth by the feds who were shelling out most of the cost for the program.
This left thousands of folks without proper health care, and counties and the state with increasing indigent care costs. And they remained in that limbo for nearly a decade until a citizen's initiative made it through the rigorous process of qualifying for the ballot.
Proposition 2 posed the simple question: Should the state expand Medicaid coverage for those in the gap?
Faced with the measure's success, the Legislature in January set to work trying to dismantle or make additions and weaken its scope.
One of the sidebars to the initiative was a waiver request to allow possible recipients to choose between Medicaid and subsidized private health insurance.
After months of information gathering, hearings and public input, the waiver was submitted to the
You can imagine the righteous indignation displayed by
In a joint communiqué, Gov.
The mental image of those august
Truth be told, the rug is being pulled out from under the 90,000 Idahoans whose health care is being stymied by lawmakers at every turn.
Medicaid is an excellent program and has been since 1965. Millions have participated in the program and benefited from regular health care.
A healthy citizenry is crucial to the social and economic well-being of any society. So it makes us wonder why
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