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Mike Moyle

Otter's 'Medicaid gap' proposal headed to tax committee

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's proposal to provide basic medical coverage to people who fall in the so-called "Medicaid gap" has been split into two separate bills, meaning the plan will have to pass through two separate committees to succeed.

The Republican governor's program, if approved, would create a new program to provide basic medical care to nearly 78,000 Idahoans who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but also don't qualify for health insurance subsidies.

The funding mechanism of the proposal — arguably the most critical part of the legislation — will have to clear the House panel in charge of vetting tax changes, said Republican Rep....

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