The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is working to develop a benefit plan, in case the state decides to expand Medicaid benefits for the un-insured. Despite no decisions by the governor being made at this time, the Medicaid system is still expected to grow by a substantial amount.
"Even if the state does not expand Medicaid the Medicaid program is going to grow by about 35,000 children and adults who are now eligible but are not enrolled, and this is because changes that are mandated in the affordable care act," said Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Public Information Officer Niki Forbing-Orr.
If the state does decide to expand Medicaid, that number will rise to more than 100,000 un-insured adults who would be eligible to collect health benefits. The Medicaid overhaul will include a higher accountability for participants, a new payment system, and an emphasis on preventative care.