Butch Otter

Idaho officials pitch new plan to address Medicaid gap

Idaho officials said Thursday they have found a creative solution to provide health care to poor residents who do not have medical coverage while simultaneously limiting the state's ongoing health insurance hikes.

"Health care is very broad and very complex," said former Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong. "You can't talk about one part without touching other pieces."

Armstrong retired from the department earlier this year, but was appointed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to serve on a health care advisory panel working to submit recommendations to the governor and Legislature on possible reforms.

Armstrong and...