The elected governor of Idaho, Brad Little, said Thursday that the conditions for coverage of Medicaid were not ruled out because the state was implementing the extension of the health insurance program to low-income adults. income and without children.
In November, more than 60 percent of Idaho voters approved the extension of proposal 2, thus giving Medicaid access to tens of thousands of Idahoans. However, the expansion has yet to make its way into the process of statutory appropriations, where legislators can add conditions such as working conditions.
"I've always said the first time that I was asked a question about it. [that] if that succeeds, we will implement it, "said Mr. Little at a legislative preview event organized by the Associated Press. But, he added, the implementation will be "in the style of Idaho".
Little said he thought the state should provide a "safety net" for people living in poverty to obtain health care. But, he said, there must also be "ways for Medicaid people – whether it's the existing Medicaid or the new Medicaid – to get people out of it."
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Does this leave the door open to an obligation for people working on Medicaid to work or look for work, or to meet other obligations, in order to keep their health insurance?
"That will be part of the discussion," said Little.
The demands of working in Arkansas have resulted people who should benefit from Medicaid coverage removed from the program. Thousands of people have lost their coverage since the coming into force of the new rules in Arkansas. Part of that is probably due to a better economy. But coverage losses "may also be due in part to [state] policies that cancel people's insurance because of returned mail or lack of response to minor paperwork, "Benjamin Hardy, Arkansas Times reporter reported in October.
Following Little's words, Michelle Stennett of Ketchum, leader of the senatorial minority in the Senate, said that "most of the people in this [Medicaid] gap are already working. "
Voters approved "a clean and clear Medicaid extension, and I hope that's what we do," Stennett said, citing the fact of not adding special conditions to this extension.
State House chairman Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said it was unlikely. The Idaho legislature has "never left anything alone in its history," and he doubts it starts now, he said.