This past November, we voted overwhelmingly to expand Medicaid in Idaho to ensure all our friends and neighbors have health care coverage. We were very clear: we want to close the health care coverage gap for Idaho working families.
However, new legislation - HB 277 - would limit access to Medicaid, leaving some of us in the coverage gap by adding unnecessary government red tape, and increasing the burden on struggling Idahoans. Current proposals for work requirements don’t help more people find work, but instead impose more barriers for those who are already struggling, creating a secondary coverage gap. The government should not create more obstacles for those who struggle to recover from a stroke, or who live with heart disease. Further, this legislation does not provide the cost savings to the state that would come from a clean expansion of Medicaid, and increases costs to all of us through the government red tape it creates.