IBR: State Spends $195K To Study Medicaid Expansion

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In the run-up to the next meeting of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's work group on health care reform—slated for Tuesday, Oct. 23—the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says it has earmarked $195,000 to pay two out-of-state consulting firms to study a possible expansion of Medicaid coverage.

The Idaho Business Review reports that Seattle-based Milliman will be paid $95,000 and Utah-based Leavitt Partners are set to collect $100,000 to conduct studies of widening health care coverage to more low-income Idahoans, as part of the Affordable Care Act.

"This work has been contracted so the Medicaid expansion work group has all the tools it needs to make an informed recommendation to the governor," Health and Welfare spokeswoman Niki Forbing-Orr told the IBR.

Leavitt Partners has already released its report, showing that an additional 111,500 Idahoans could be eligible in a Mediciad expansion, but Milliman's report is still being completed.

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