Idaho Legislature’s JFAC rewrites failed Medicaid budget

The Idaho Legislature’s Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on Wednesday rewrote the FY24 Medicaid budget.

The budget includes funding for five programs, including expanded Medicaid coverage for adults making under 138% of the federal poverty limit.

The Idaho Capital Sun reports the original Medicaid budget failed on Monday after several Republican legislators complained about the overall cost of the $4.7 billion budget.

The new budget reduces state general funding by about $50.5 million and federal funding by about $100 million in anticipation of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare removing people from the program who are not eligible for Medicaid.

JFAC passed the new Medicaid budget, which will need to pass the Idaho House and Idaho Senate and then be signed into law or allowed to become law by Gov. Brad Little.


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