Spokesman Review: “A proposal to spend $10 million next year to provide health care to 15,000 of the most chronically ill members of Idaho’s health coverage gap population failed in the Idaho Senate on Monday after nearly two hours of debate.
The bill, proposed by Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, who co-chaired an interim legislative working group that examined options for the state’s gap population, failed on a 13-22 vote. Those in the gap are the estimated 78,000 Idahoans who earn too much to qualify for Idaho’s limited Medicaid program, but not enough to qualify for subsidized insurance through the state’s health insurance exchange.”
“Hagedorn noted that among the working group’s recommendations were that the 2017 Legislature take action to provide some kind of health care to some portion of that gap group. It also recommended that if Idaho accepted federal Medicaid expansion funds, it enact a conditional “sunset” expiration clause in case federal policies change. “This is not that,” Hagedorn said.
Instead, he said, the bill would tap $10 million in tobacco settlement funds to cover about 15,000 of the most chronically ill among the gap population with coordinated primary care and also would steer people who come to emergency rooms inappropriately into coordinated care programs.”
Hagedorn went on to say nothing is free, all of us are paying for these costs.