By not expanding Medicaid, Idaho has lost 'hundreds of millions' of federal spending

Not expanding Medicaid to over 100,000 Idahoans has cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars in federal healthcare funds, reported the Idaho Statesman. During a recent House Health & Welfare committee hearing, governor-appointed panel members said that, should the state now expand Medicaid via an alternative plan, the state would control how funds are spent and potentially save Idaho $173 million over the next 10 years. The cost of providing care to the 100,000 low-income residents through 2025 would be around $7.2 billion. Should the plan pass, the state would pay $194 million while the federal government would cover the remaining sum. Should the state not expand, Idaho will have to cover the costs without aid from the government. Article