Idaho residents sue state
Twelve Idaho residents are taking the state to court after they say the Department of Health and Welfare cut their Medicaid benefits and refused to explain why.
The group's lawyer, Ritchie Eppinkg of Idaho Legal Aid, calls his clients Idaho's most vulnerable residents. Some need round the clock help and all have a number of medical or mental health issues. All recently had their Medicaid benefits slashed by up to 40 percent.
The state claims it can't explain why the benefits were cut because the formula is a trade secret.
A U.S. District Judge has ordered the Department of Health and Welfare to increase those benefits for the time being, until the matter is settled in court.