Senate Takes Up Medicaid Debate Tomorrow


In a legislative session packed with drama, the Idaho Senate takes up one of its last controversial issues on Monday: a bill that would slash $35 million dollars from state funding of Health and Welfare's Medicaid programs.

In fact, the $35 million dollar cut would grow exponentially to $108 million dollars because Idaho would lose significant federal matching funds. Supporters have called the cuts necessary in the wake of a major economic downturn. Opponents have called the measure everything from "short-sighted" to "cruel and heartless."

The bill would cut psychosocial rehabilitation programs that serve adults with severe mental disabilities. The measure would also see cuts to dental, chiropractic and vision care for some adults. At the height of the Statehouse debate, BW visited with Chris, a young adult male who said he'd rather have PSR services than food.