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Medicaid eligibility expansion initiative to be on November ballot

Posted: 9:24 AM, Jul 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-18 10:02:56Z

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said Tuesday that the Medicaid eligibility expansion ballot initiative is eligible for the November 6, 2018, General Election ballot.

To become eligible for the ballot, the initiative needed at least 56,192 valid petition signatures, equal to six percent of the total registered voters at the time of the last general election. The signatures are also required to be distributed across at least eighteen legislative districts with at least six percent of registered voters from each district.

“The Secretary of State certified the initiative exceeds that threshold (Tuesday), and it qualifies for the November 6 General Election ballot,” said a news release from Denney’s office.

The State Attorney General's official title of the initiative reads:

An initiative to provide that the State shall amend its State plan to expand Medicaid eligibility to certain persons. relating to Medicaid; amending Chapter 2, Title 56, Idaho Code, by the addition of a new Section 56-267, Idaho Code, to provide that the State shall amend its State plan to expand Medicaid eligibility to certain persons and to provide that the Department of Health and Welfare is required and authorized to take all actions necessary to implement the provisions of this section; and amending Section 56-262, Idaho Code, to provide a correct code reference.

A summary of the initiative can be found on the Idaho Secretary of State website .