BOISE -- A 15-person panel studying whether Idaho should expand its Medicaid program to cover more low-income residents will soon deliver its recommendation to Gov. C.L. Butch Otter.

The group is meeting Friday on the provision of President Obama's insurance overhaul that foresees expanding Medicaid to cover people up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line.

In Idaho, that would include many single men, with all costs being borne initially by the federal government.

But the U.S. Supreme Court in July left a decision on expansion up to states, and this group has been meeting since then to discuss the costs and benefits.

Separately, Otter spokesman Jon Hanian said Friday the governor still hasn't decided whether to craft a state-based health insurance exchange.

He faces next Friday's deadline for that decision.

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