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On The Thursday, September 5, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

  • Feds turn down Idaho Medicaid waiver - Part Two.
  • Idaho Press Club and Ada County spar over public records.
  • Comedians descend on Boise this weekend.

-Last week, the federal government rejected a request from the state of Idaho to allow folks who are eligible for Medicaid expansion to instead stay on the state's health insurance exchange. The effort to get the waiver approved was led by Republican lawmakers. Tuesday we talked with advocates for Medicaid expansion, including a Democratic lawmaker, who say the feds were right to reject the waiver. Now we talk with with Senate Pro-Tem Brent Hill (R-Rexburg). Hill who signed a letter along with Gov. Brad Little and House Speaker Scott Bedke (R-Oakley) last week saying they plan to try again to get the waiver through the federal process. 

-The Idaho Press Club has filed a lawsuit against Ada County over public records requests from journalists. IPC says officials violated Idaho’s Public Record Act. Idaho Matters takes a closer look at the suit, the allegations, and what this means for journalism in Idaho.

-The 208 Comedy Fest brings in a diverse array of nationally renowned comics to elevate the quality of comedy in the Treasure Valley. This year, more than 60 comics will perform at six venues across downtown Boise. Idaho Matters talks to the co-founders of the Fest.

Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.