After Medicaid Waiver Was Rejected By Feds, Idaho Republicans Plan New Approach

Sep 5, 2019

Last week, the federal government rejected a request from Idaho lawmakers for a Medicaid expansion waiver. According to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the state’s application was rejected because it couldn't prove that it wouldn’t add to the federal deficit. 


The waiver in question would provide an option for low income Idahoans who qualify for Medicaid under the expansion to instead stay on the state’s health insurance exchange, and was endorsed by republican leadership at the statehouse. We talk with Idaho Senate Pro-Tem Brent Hill (R-Rexburg) about next steps.

Be sure to listen back to our interview from Tuesday with folks on the Democratic side of the aisle, who are against the Medicaid waivers.

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