Advocates warn Medicaid block-grant proposals could hurt Idahoans with disabilities

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About 30 advocates for people with disabilities gathered across the street from the Capitol today to oppose proposals to turn Medicaid into a block grant program to states – saying it will harm Idahoans with disabilities. Mike Skelton, board president of the Consortium for Idahoans with Disabilities, said Idaho is not federally required to offer an array of community-based mental health services, but it does – and those optional services most likely would be cut if federal funding to states for Medicaid was reduced and put into block-grant form. “Every attempt to block-grant or cap Medicaid funding drastically reduces funding for Medicaid,” Skelton said. Jim Baugh, head of Disability Rights Idaho, said Medicaid is not just health insurance for the...

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