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Group Meets to Form Medical Plan for Low Income Idahoans

Benito Baeza

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho workgroup reconvened Wednesday to reevaluate options on how to offer medical services to low-income adults who don’t have health insurance.

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has repeatedly said he does not want to expand the state’s current Medicaid program but has appointed a 15-member group to consider other possibilities. The panel first met in 2012 and recommended expanding the state’s Medicaid eligibility requirements. But that has been ignored by the governor and the legislature for two years.

The group is now meeting to discuss alternative options such as allowing participants to purchase insurance through the state health insurance exchange, or holding participants accountable to help improve their health along with reducing medical costs. The workgroup is required to submit a recommendation by Sept. 1.

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