Idaho becomes 2nd state to support scaled-back Medicaid expansion

Fierce Healthcare

By: Paige Minemyer

Idaho’s governor has signed off on a scaled-back Medicaid expansion plan, making it the second state to retool what expansion might look like after a voter mandate.

Utah, meanwhile, is planning to only expand its Medicaid program to people making 100% of poverty, lower than the maximum level allowed under the ACA.

“Clearly, these partial expansions are not what the voters voted for,” Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute’s Center for Children and Families, told FierceHealthcare. “Eventually, some people will get some coverage. But there are serious limitations in both of these state’s approaches.”

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