medicaid expansion

The 2020 legislature in Idaho was certainly overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  What were the outcomes?  What issues were left unadressed?  Four respected pundits weighed in on the session, some hot-button issues and even shared a couple of limericks for levity.  The discussion took place via Zoom meeting to respect social distancing and attendees asked questions via chat and e-mail.


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As tens of thousands of people have signed up under Idaho’s Medicaid expansion, the state is still waiting on federal approval of several waivers to implement things like work requirements.

 

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Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg is apologizing and reversing a policy that would have barred students from using Medicaid to meet the school’s requirement for health coverage to enroll. Low-income students complained that they’d have to go into debt to buy health insurance that complied with school policy. Idaho Matters talks with Boise State Public Radio's James Dawson, who broke the initial story last week.

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After nearly two weeks of protest, Brigham Young University-Idaho is apologizing and reversing its decision that would’ve barred students from enrolling if Medicaid was their only form of health insurance.

22-year-old Kaydee Edralin is a few credits shy of graduating from college. She’s been saving money by living with her parents in Meridian while she waits to go back to Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.


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A group of Idaho lawmakers have finalized their recommendations on how the state should pay for Medicaid expansion, with counties expected to pony up for part of the bill.

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On tap this week on the Reporter Roundtable: next week's Boise mayoral election, Medicaid enrollment opens, a settlement involving the University of Idaho and a dust-up over office space between the State Treasurer and legislative leaders. James Dawson of Boise State Public Radio joins BoiseDev's Don Day and Rebecca Boone of the Associated Press to break down the biggest headlines of the week. 

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A new national report from Georgetown University shows children in the U.S. lost health insurance at a rapid rate during the past two years. The researchers say this trend emerged as states started dismantling and repealing segments of the Affordable Care Act.

 


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Enrollment for Idaho’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion officially begins Friday. For the next several weeks, St. Luke’s will be helping people fill out Medicaid enrollment forms at locations in Boise, Meridian, Nampa and Twin Falls.


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An independent, federal watchdog agency has found some states that have implemented work requirements for Medicaid recipients did not reveal the full costs to get those programs running.

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Counties could end up paying for a significant part of Idaho’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion after it’s rolled out next year.

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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.

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Ethan Webber / Boise State Public Radio

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. We talk with advocates for Medicaid expansion, including a Democratic lawmaker, who say the feds were right to reject the waiver. 

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

As Idaho lawmakers continue to debate how the state should pay for its voter-approved Medicaid expansion, hundreds of studies have shown many benefits to the program.

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Join us for your weekly dose of all-things-Idaho news! From mayors to Medicaid Expansion, the roundtable will cover it all. Guests are Don Day with BoiseDev.comKevin Richert with Idaho Ed News and James Dawson with Boise State Public Radio.

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Federal officials have rejected Idaho’s request to allow people eligible for Medicaid expansion to instead stay on the state’s health insurance exchange. 

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In order to foot the bill for Idaho’s upcoming Medicaid expansion, one House Republican leader wants to cut the amount of sales tax money doled out to the state’s 44 counties.

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The Idaho Secretary of State’s office has tossed out a complaint alleging campaign finance violations by the group behind the state’s successful Medicaid expansion ballot initiative.

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The state of Idaho is still working to implement voter-approved Medicaid Expansion. The debate over expansion has been front and center in the public eye this year. But behind the scenes, health care providers around the state are preparing for the influx of patients, once thousands of more people are eligible for Medicaid. We find out how one hospital system is getting ready.

  • Health care providers prepare for Medicaid Expansion.
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Reclaim Idaho

This July marks the anniversary of when supporters turned in their gathered signatures for Medicaid expansion. Though the expansion was approved by Idaho voters last fall, Medicaid Expansion has yet to take place in the Gem State.

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  •  Medicaid expansion: then and now.
  •   College students and mental health.
  •   Healthcare providers coping with stress.

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Idaho voters approved statewide Medicaid expansion via a ballot initiative last November. Republican lawmakers tried to overturn its passage in the last session, going as far as to try to rewrite ballot initiative procedures. On Idaho Matters, we update the efforts to fill Idaho's health insurance gap with Reclaim Idaho's Jeremy Gugino.

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