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Idaho Supreme Court Upholds Medicaid Expansion

Feb. 6, 2019, 8:08 PM

The Idaho Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of expanding Medicaid coverage in the state on Feb. 5, and called the challenge from a politically right-wing advocacy group “without merit.”

Sixty-one percent of voters gave a thumbs up to Proposition Two—expanding the low-income health program—last November, despite years of refusal to do so by the state’s overwhelmingly Republican Legislature. Idaho Freedom Foundation had challenged expansion, which was approved in a ballot initiative.

Chief Justice Roger Burdick’s opinion rejected Freedom Foundation Chairman Brent Regan’s argument that Idaho would be bound to unspecified and costly future changes in Medicaid based on decisions made...

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