State Politics

Medicaid expansion study panel to meet Wednesday

The legislative work group reviewing options for fixing the health coverage gap that affects 78,000 Idahoans will hold its first meeting Wednesday in the Capitol.

The agenda calls for lawmakers to review several competing proposals that failed to pass in the 2016 session as well as earlier findings from two governor-appointed panels that studied the issue in 2012 and 2014. Both panels recommended expanding Medicaid to help the gap group obtain health coverage.

The joint Senate-House panel is co-chaired by Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, and Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona. Additional members are: Sens. Jim Guthrie, R-McCammon; MaryAnne Jordan, D-Boise, Patti Anne Lodge, R-Huston; and Steve Thayn, R-Emmett; and Reps. Judy Boyle, R-Midvale; Sue Chew, D-Boise; John VanderWoude, R-Nampa; and Fred Wood, R-Burley.

The panel will convene at 9 a.m. in Room WW17. To watch a live stream of the meeting, go to