The House and Senate Health & Welfare committees will take public testimony for 90 minutes, beginning at 8 a.m. Friday in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Capitol. Much of the conversation is expected to focus on Medicaid expansion.
Committee Chairmen Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, and Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, are hosting the hearing for the second year. Testimony will be limited to three minutes and is expected to focus on any matter related to the committees’ jurisdiction. Written testimony is also accepted and appreciated by the committees.
Staff will arrive about 7 a.m. and pages will man 10 clipboards with sign-up sheets. Groups including Idaho Voices for Children suggest those wishing to testify arrive as early as 6 a.m., as lines often get long enough to exit the west end of the Capitol’s Garden Level.
Idaho Voices for Children is urging testimony in support of redesign and expansion of Medicaid to more than 100,000 moderate-income Idahoans.
The hearing also will be live-streamed on Idaho Public TV’s website.