Speaker of the Idaho House addresses Medicaid gap, faith healing, Add the Words

Posted at 5:18 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-01 19:37:46-05

Speaker of the Idaho House Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, answered questions from members of the media during an Idaho Press Club event on Wednesday.

Bedke says the Idaho House is holding off on making decisions on controversial issues such as faith healing and amending Idaho's Human Rights Act.

"Faith healing and Add the Words center around religious freedom, and the reasons those two issues have not progressed center around religious freedoms," Bedke said. "If there were a consensus [on legislation] we would have done it, and there is not."

Concerning Idaho's Medicaid coverage gap, Bedke said the Idaho Legislature is still waiting on cues from the federal government.

"I think that the legislature is kind of in a wait and see mode, because anytime we talk to anyone in the [Trump] administration... they're advising us to be cautious," he said.