Interesting things are happening with the Affordable Care Act in the PIA Western Alliance state of Idaho. It’s one of those states that could end up setting precedent for ObamaCare’s future. Idaho Governor Butch Otter and Insurance Commissioner Dean Cameron are pushing for alternatives to many of the Affordable Care Act’s restrictions and requirements.
In other words, they’ve authorized the introduction of health care plans that don’t meet all of the health insurance demands the law provides. Under their plan insurers can offer plans that charge people more based on their health history. Other plans won’t cover maternity care. Some plans could require insureds to pay more of the total bill than the Affordable Care Act allows.
While Cameron and Otter await a decision from Health and Human Services (HHS) on what they can and cannot do, and since ObamaCare is still law, opponents are moving.
A group called Reclaim Idaho just gathered enough signatures — 56,192 — to put a Medicaid expansion on the ballot. If the signatures are valid — and that’s usually the case — the people of Idaho will be asked to approve expanded Medicaid coverage for people in Idaho making too much money to qualify for assistance but not enough money to afford coverage.
Idaho is one of the 18 states that refused to expand coverage that would have given it access to federal dollars to help.
Utah has already put a measure like this on the ballot. Groups in Montana and Nebraska are also looking at similar pushes.
If this passes then the state will be required to implement the expansion. There is — however — a caveat. The governor and the Legislature can legally overturn a voter passed initiative.
Source link: The Hill