BOISE - Democrats in Ada County have adopted a resolution urging all eligible voters to sign a ballot initiative seeking to expand Medicaid coverage.

According to a resolution approved last week, the Ada County Democratic Central Committee said it will ask the chair of the Ada County Republican Party to join in bi-partisan support of the petition due to the "moral and medical imperative" to end suffering.

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Idaho lawmakers have long refused to consider expanding Medicaid eligibility while also failing to come up with a solution for the estimated 78,000 Idahoans who currently don't qualify or make too much for a subsidy.

Reclaim Idaho, who is leading the ballot initiative effort, needs at least 48,000 signatures from registered voters to make the 2018 general election ballot.