Medicaid expansion will be on November ballot

Posted: 6:44 PM, Jul 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-20 20:44:32-04

Idaho voters will see the Medicaid expansion initiative on their ballots this November. The expansion would allow Idaho residents who fall in the coverage gap to enroll in Medicaid. 

Although opponents to the measure say it would lead to added costs, the Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy says the initiative would phase out current care programs with cover hospitals costs for Idahoans without health insurance. According to the center, cutting these programs would actually increase savings by more than fifteen million dollars. 

If we get more people into coverage we can eliminate a lot of those costs in those programs, and that's where we can generate some savings," said Lauren Necochea, director of Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy. 

Voters will decide the ultimate fate for the Medicaid expansion on November 6.