Last year, Otter pushed a $30 million idea to help provide primary-care doctors to those in the in-between. Another idea floated in the legislature was to persuade the federal government to allow Idaho to customize a health-care program with fewer federal rules, as states such as Michigan, Montana and New Hampshire had done.
As the legislative session continued, the governor’s $30 million plan was cut to $5 million. And it wouldn’t go to care, but rather to fund a study so health clinics could learn more about people who needed care.
On the final day of the legislative session, the Senate voted to enact the $5 million plan and allow the governor’s office to discuss a customized Medicaid plan with the federal government. House Republicans, thinking the bill gave the governor too much power, rejected it.
After all that, state lawmakers had come out with nothing.
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