BOISE, Idaho — Idaho wants to create its own health care plan, but it can’t do that without waivers from the federal government.
And a House committee Tuesday introduced a bill to seek those waivers, without which state plans to create the Idaho Health Care Plan would stall.
The bill introduced the House Health and Welfare Committee would authorize the state to seek those waivers from the feds and allow some 35,000 Idahoans in the so-called coverage gap to qualify for subsidies through the state insurance exchange.
It would also allow some 3,500 Idahoans with complex, life-threatening medical conditions to be eligible for Medicaid.
And the bill would authorize a feeral waiver exempting Idaho from putting work requirements on certain Medicaid recipients.
The bill now heads to a full committee hearing.