The Idaho workgroup evaluating healthcare coverage for low-income adults will meet on Thursday, August 14, to review and analyze different healthcare options for people in poverty. The meeting will be in Boise from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the State Capitol building, Room EW40.
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter appointed workgroup members from the public and private sectors to evaluate healthcare options for low-income adults. Idaho adults with incomes below 100 percent of poverty are not eligible for tax credits to help pay health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act, leaving many to apply for assistance through the state and county catastrophic and indigent healthcare programs. There are approximately 77,000 Idaho adults with incomes below 100 percent of the federal poverty level who do not have insurance coverage opportunities and are often referred to as the “gap” population.
Gov. Otter has said repeatedly that he is not interested in expanding the current Medicaid program to provide coverage, but is asking the 17-member workgroup to explore other options. Some alternatives include a private option in which coverage is purchased on the open market through the state exchange, a redesign of the state Medicaid plan that includes managed care and participant accountability, or purchasing primary care memberships for people that focus on prevention and patient-centered medical homes.
Presentations during the meeting include an overview of the gap population, information on the direct primary care option, and a comparative analysis of the possible options.
The agenda for the workgroup meeting is available here. For people who cannot attend the meeting, audio streaming is available at http://idahoptv.org/insession/leg.cfm; please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the link for the meeting under “Notices.”