Remember in November: Fight to expand Medicaid

For seven years the Idaho Legislature refused to expand Medicaid.  It was predictable. After all, Idaho was one of the states that fought in court to do away with the Federal mandate for Medicaid expansion. This good Republican state wasn’t about to accept medical insurance for people a fraction above the poverty line, even when …

Medicaid expansion & initiative process in peril?

“Voters serious about seeing insurance coverage for the ‘gap’ population would be wise to vote for legislators who agree” (Idaho Press, Oct. 16, 2018). I wrote it once before the 2018 elections–I now regret not repeating it weekly. Last November, in the privacy of the voting booth, Idahoans passed Medicaid expansion while electing legislators who …

Legislature – Good & Bad News

With March in sight and budget bills ready, the legislature moved into high gear this week, making some people happy, some sad, and others both happy and sad. The most cheering news was that a bipartisan majority managed to kill two bills aimed at  repealing Medicaid Expansion while they were still in the House Health …

Medical Updates – IMA

During the legislative session I get weekly updates from the Idaho Medical Association on the bills they are following.  And, week after week, I note that this is what lobbyists are supposed to do–educate legislators and voters. Medical bills are a substantial portion of the legislative endeavors. At this stage in the session–when only a …