After a month of little activity, things are finally starting to pick up at the state capitol. Over the last week IAC has introduced five bills or memorials on behalf of the membership. We expect to introduce three others this week and are working on other legislative items yet to be introduced. Among the bills introduced are:
By the end of the week we expect to have also introduced legislation addressing the following subjects:
Among the other major
Plans for Medicaid expansion in Idaho are also beginning to take shape. The first six months of expansion will be funded by a combination of funds coming from the Millennium Fund and savings to state agencies attributed to Medicaid expansion. These revenues will cover expansion costs from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020. Some legislators are exploring broader funding options beyond June 30, 2020 that include diverting a portion of county revenue sharing to help pay for future expansion costs. We are also seeing some “sideboard” or “enhancement” bills, including Senate Bill 1100 sponsored by Senator Mary Souza. Senate Bill 1100 proposes the establishment of an optional workforce development program for individuals receiving Medicaid assistance, requesting a waiver to allow stand alone mental health treatment facilities to accept Medicaid payments, as well as certain program review requirements if the federal government ever changes its cost share from the current 90/10 federal/state split.
Stay tuned for future updates and alerts. As bills begin to have hearings in the coming days, IAC will send out legislative alerts to keep everyone informed of what is going on in Boise.