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Medicaid in Idaho: A Policy Primer

Medicaid in Idaho: A Policy Primer

Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
February 16, 2023

"Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!”

Those words of President Reagan could not be more true. Instead of solving poverty, programs such as welfare and Medicaid have become bloated government programs eating up more and more taxpayer dollars while poverty and dependence upon government have only gotten worse.

This detailed report looks at the history of Medicaid in Idaho, the true costs of Medicaid expansion, and some of the unintended consequences of dependence on Medicaid. Fred Birnbaum, Ron Nate, and Niklas Kleinworth bring you detailed analyses of the state of Medicaid in Idaho and the problems it poses for the budget, for taxpayers, and for people who depend on it.

The report concludes with a series of policy recommendations that the legislature should consider, including removing ineligible people from the Medicaid rolls, repealing the costly Medicaid expansion, and a full audit of the Medicaid system.

Read the full report below:

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