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Idaho’s Medicaid Workgroup Gets Briefed On Leavitt Report Thursday

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Gov. Otter will decide whether Idaho will expand its Medicaid program and whether to create a state-based health insurance exchange.

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s workgroup to study a possible Medicaid expansion meets tomorrow at the State Capitol.

The Governor has to decide by early November whether he’ll expand Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults earning up to 138 percent of the poverty line.  The expansion is a key element of the federal health care reform law.

Tomorrow’s meeting will include a presentation from Leavitt Partners, a Utah-based firm Idaho hired to study its Medicaid options.

The agenda also highlights three possible courses of action that will be discussed: 

  1. No Medicaid Expansion:  Continue Indigent/CAT Fund Program as currently designed
  2. No Medicaid Expansion: Indigent Program Redesign
  3. Medicaid Expansion

Audio of the meeting will be live web-streamed and the Department of Health and Welfare plans to tweet key points of the day’s meeting.  You can follow along @IDHW.

The meeting is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room EW-40 of the State Capitol.


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