House kills healthcare gap bill; adjourns

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BOISE, Id. ( KMVT/KSVT ) The state House voted down a bill Friday morning that would have created a state-run healthcare program for Idahoans falling into the Medicaid 'gap'.

The party-line vote comes a day after the Senate passed an amended version of the bill.

Instead, House Speaker Scott Bedke, R-Oakley, said he wants to create a working group to study the 78,000 Idahoans in the gap population.

At a press conference Friday afternoon, Democratic lawmakers said, "the fact that House Republicans - after four long years - were unable to see the plight of the 78,000 was very disappointing."

Democratic lawmakers say they will be calling on Governor Otter to proceed by executive action or to call a special session.

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