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BYU-Idaho students start petition over Medicaid

The controversy over Medicaid coverage at the Rexburg school is heating up.
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Idaho voters authorized Medicaid expansion last year with an initiative that passed with 61% of the vote.

REXBURG, Idaho — The controversy over Medicaid coverage continues to heat up in Rexburg.

Last week we reported that BYU-Idaho told students they would not honor Medicaid as "acceptable" healthcare coverage.

But students say they still haven't been told why.

Beginning January first, students without healthcare coverage will automatically be enrolled in the school's student health plan, which runs about $536 per semester per person or just over $2,000 per family per semester.

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Students say they want the ability to choose appropriate healthcare for themselves and their families.

Statewide Medicaid expansion was approved by Idaho voters last year and will take effect beginning January first.

The Progressive Student Society of Rexburg has started a Change.org petition, which has already garnered over 6,000 signatures. Their goal is 7,500.

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