Idaho Supreme Court hears Medicaid expansion arguments

Posted at 10:42 AM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 12:42:49-05

BOISE — The Idaho Supreme Court has heard arguments in a lawsuit from a conservative group challenging the constitutionality of a voter-approved initiative to expand Medicaid -- but has delayed issuing a ruling.

The Idaho Freedom Foundation Tuesday told justices that the initiative that passed with more than 60 percent of the vote is unconstitutional because it delegates authority to the federal government and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare.

Attorneys for the Idaho attorney general's office, however, told justices that the lawsuit does not delegate authority to the federal government -- and any work done by Health and Welfare is consistent with established law.

The Medicaid expansion would extend coverage to an estimated 60,000 low-income adults across the state.

(by Keith Ridler, Associated Press)