Lawmakers introduce restrictions and regulations to Medicaid expansion program

Published: Mar. 7, 2019 at 9:18 PM MST
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Lawmakers in the Idaho House introduced a bill that would add restrictions and requirements to the Medicaid expansion program.

The proposed legislation has seven requirements and regulations.

For one, the legislation wants to add work requirements as a condition of eligibility, but it would only apply to those who don't have children under the age of 18.

The bill also requires the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to ask about an applicant's drug use history, and they could be referred to treatment if needed.

The legislation also outlines wanting funding for Medicaid to be used for behavioral health services for adults from 18 to 64 in hospitals or nursing facilities that work with people who do have mental diseases.

Another part of the proposal asks to repeal the expansion program if the federal government makes the state pay more than 10 percent of the costs.

Now, these proposals do need to be approved by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services even if lawmakers in the Gem State sign off on it.

There will be a public hearing in the Idaho State Capitol Friday at 8 a.m. for any of the public to comment on the proposal.

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