- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is urging lawmakers to hold a hearing on expanding Medicaid eligibility in Idaho.

Otter stressed that lawmakers should consider all their options during the 2015 Idaho Legislature, which kicked off Monday during the governor’s State of the State address.

Otter says he agrees with most of the findings his work group submitted in 2014 that proposed allowing adults below 100 percent of the poverty line to qualify for Medicaid coverage. The report also outlined that adults earning 100 percent to 138 percent of the poverty line may purchase private insurance on Idaho’s health insurance marketplace using federal dollars.

Idaho’s Republican lawmakers have been hesitant to discuss Medicaid expansion, an option provided under the Affordable Care Act, but acknowledge that the state’s indigent care system is broken.

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