Idaho officials say they have found a creative solution to not only provide health care to the state's poorest population who don't have medical coverage, but also curb the state's ongoing health insurance hikes.
According to the plan's proponents, Idaho should apply for two federal waivers to make key changes to how the state's working poor can qualify for health insurance subsidies or Medicaid. Doing so would provide medical coverage to an estimated 35,000 Idahoans -- and slash premiums by up to 20 percent.
Former Idaho Department Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong and Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron presented the plan to stakeholders and lawmakers on Thursday.
However, the proposal hinges on approval from the GOP-controlled Legislature -- where members have repeatedly failed to sign off proposals addressing Idaho's so-called Medicaid gap population.
by KIMBERLEE KRUESI