Senate kills $10 million health-gap bill on 13-22 vote

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SB 1142a, Sen. Marv Hagedorn’s $10 million health gap bill, has failed in the Senate on a 13-22 vote, after a debate spanning nearly two hours. Hagedorn said the bill is the result of an interim working group that examined options for the state’s gap population, the 78,000 Idahoans who earn too much to qualify for Idaho’s limited Medicaid program, but not enough to qualify for subsidized insurance through the state’s health insurance exchange. Among the working group’s recommendations were that the 2017 Legislature take action to provide some kind of health care to some portion of that population. It also recommended that if Idaho accepted federal Medicaid expansion funds, it enact a conditional “sunset” expiration clause in case federal policies...

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