Idaho legislator introduces bill that could repeal Medicaid expansion

A proposed bill in Idaho would repeal Medicaid expansion if the state does not implement work requirements and enrollment limits in the program, Idaho Press reported Jan. 22. 

Rep. Jordan Redman, the bill's sponsor, told the outlet the legislation is designed to create "checks and balances" on the system. Mr. Redman's legislation would require the state to apply for a waiver from CMS to implement work requirements in the program. 

Idaho Gov. Brad Little has also requested the state implement work requirements in the program. Several other states are considering requiring Medicaid beneficiaries to complete a certain number of hours of work, education, job training or community service in a month to be eligible for benefits. 

Mr. Redman's legislation would also require the state to cap expansion enrollment at 50,000 people. The state currently has more than 100,000 people enrolled through Medicaid expansion, Idaho Press reported. 

No state has chosen to repeal Medicaid expansion, though unwinding the program would be permitted under federal law, according to a 2021 analysis from the Commonwealth Fund. 

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