Idaho: Medicaid expansion breaks 60,000 enrollees!
The number of Idaho residents who have signed up for Medicaid under the state’s voter-approved expanded coverage has passed 60,000.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare posted updated numbers Thursday. The agency estimates 91,000 residents meet requirements.
Coverage started January 1, but enrollment is year-round. Those who sign up for Medicaid will be covered for doctor visits that occurred earlier in the same month.
Voters authorized Medicaid expansion in 2018 with an initiative that passed with 61% of the vote after years of inaction by state lawmakers. In 2019, lawmakers added restrictions requiring five waivers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Waivers are required when states want to deviate from Medicaid rules. Federal officials have yet to approve any of Idaho’s requested waivers.
If the anticipated 91,000 people do eventually sign up, it would cost Idaho about $400 million, with the federal government paying 90%.
As a reminder, perhaps 14,000 or so of those 60,000 people are actually folks earning between 100 - 138% of the Federal Poverty Line who shifted over from heavily-subsidized ACA exchange policies.
In any event, this means Idaho has already enrolled around 2/3 of their total potential Medicaid expansion population less than a month into 2020. That's fantastic!