Medicaid Expansion Effort Seeks Signatures In Canyon County

Apr 20, 2018

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Organizers of a proposed initiative to expand Medicaid coverage in Idaho say signature gathering this weekend in Canyon County is key to their success.

Reclaim Idaho leaders say they need to get 5,000 more valid signatures by the end of the month in order to successfully qualify the Medicaid measure for the November ballot. The initiative would allow voters to expand Medicaid eligibility to an estimated 50,000-60,000 low-income Idaho residents.

Reclaim Idaho's Sam Sandmire says volunteers will be going door to door to registered voters in Canyon County Saturday.

"It takes a lot of time to get these signatures because we're only going door to door," Sandmire says, "but then we know the signature is valid if we go to registered voters only."

Supporters need about 800 signatures from District 10 in Caldwell and about 750 from District 12 in Nampa. To qualify for the ballot, the initiative needs signatures from about 56,000 voters split among half of the state's 36 legislative districts.

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