Though Gov. Butch Otter has put the topic off for a second year, the conversation continues about whether to expand Medicaid to about 100,000 more Idahoans.
The Idaho Jobs Coalition is hosting a forum titled, “The High Cost of Low Wage Jobs,” Monday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Capitol’s Lincoln Auditorium. Panelists will discuss the impact on jobs and wages from delaying expansion. The public is invited to the free event sponsored by Idaho labor groups.
Among the panelists is Alex LaBeau, president of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, which has suggested expansion should be considered after Otter and other policymakers have time to craft reforms to the state-federal program. The federal government promises to pick up 100 percent of expansion costs at first and 90 percent in the long term.
The panel’s moderator is Dr. Louis Schlickman of Idaho Health Care for All. Other panelists are Christine Tiddens of Catholic Charities of Idaho and longtime farmworker advocate Maria Gonzales Mabbutt of Latino Vote.