BOISE, Idaho — Idaho physicians, surgeons and nurses called out to lawmakers to adopt a clean Medicaid expansion implementation that comes without additional requirements for eligible coverage.
In November, 61 percent of Idahoans voted to expand Medicaid.
In a recent polling, 74 percent of Idahoans say they want to the Legislature to adopt the law without changes.
A state representative has introduced a bill that, in part, would enforce able-bodied Idahoans to work 30 hours a week in order to receive Medicaid benefits.
Physicians urged lawmakers to reject roadblocks that would prevent many eligible Idahoans from getting the coverage they need.
“Health comes before employment, and not the other way around. Adding work reporting requirements to Medicaid would only create a secondary gap, increase costs, increase administrative burden and weaken our economy,” said Julie Duncan, MD.
The bill that would add work reporting requirements to Medicaid was introduced last week. A hearing has not yet been scheduled.