Idaho eyeing new approach on health coverage gap

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By Audrey Dutton, Idaho Statesman BOISE – Idaho health officials are taking another crack at addressing the state’s Medicaid gap. But unlike prior efforts to simply expand Medicaid or design special programs for low-income Idahoans, the new plan would help the middle class by getting health insurance rate hikes under control, its proponents say. In its fiscal 2018 budget request to Gov. Butch Otter, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare proposes a two-pronged overhaul dubbed the Idaho Health Care Plan. The Idaho Department of Insurance and the state’s health exchange, Your Health Idaho, also worked closely with the department to develop the plan. Insurance Director Dean Cameron called it a “win-win solution” that would lower insurance costs...

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