There are about 100,000 low-income adults in Idaho who don’t currently qualify for Medicaid. Currently taxpayers cover their medical bills through the state’s Catastrophic Fund. Idaho could add 88,000 poor people to Medicaid under the Obamacare expansion, and 19,000 people already eligible under today's rules, but not enrolled, also may sign up for coverage. The state would spend an additional $261 million from 2013 to 2022 to cover these individuals and the federal government would send $3.7 billion to Idaho, a net financial gain for the state. It not just good policy, it's MATH!
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