Medicaid Expansion To Be Considered in June 12 Boise Forum


In the wake of the 2013 Idaho Legislature's refusal to expand the state's Medicaid program, a primary tenet of the Affordable Care Act, Idaho Health Care for All—a proponent of universal health insurance coverage—says it wants to further educate Idahoans on the prospect of health care reform.

Dr. Louis Schlickman, a Meridian physician and spokesman for the organization, told Boise Weekly that a panel of caregivers and lawmakers will engage on the issue of Medicaid expansion Wednesday, June 12, at the downtown main branch of the Boise Public Library.

“The panel is about what Idaho stands to gain and/or lose with the expansion of Medicaid,” Dr. Schlickman told BW.

The panel will include Iona Republican Rep. Tom Loertscher, chairman of the House State Affairs Committee; James Baugh, executive director of Disability Rights Idaho; Denise Chuckovich, deputy director of Medicaid, Behavioral Health and Managed Care at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare; and Corey Surber, director of Community Health Initiatives at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

“We want to explain why we think it’s a good idea, and if people think the same way, they can hopefully convince their legislators to reconsider the expansion,” said Schlickman.

Although Schlickman said the panel doesn’t include speakers opposing Medicaid expansion, an open forum will follow the discussion, at which attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions.

The forum gets under way at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.