In a widely expected decision, Idaho’s Supreme Court ruled today that Medicaid Expansion in the Gem State is indeed constitutional, dismissing a case brought by the Idaho Freedom Foundation (“IFF”). The IFF argued Proposition Two violated the separation of powers between federal and state governments.
“We applaud today’s decision by the Court and look forward to seeing Medicaid Expansion implemented in Idaho the way the voters chose,” said Emily Strizich, co-founder of Reclaim Idaho which led the signature drive to get Proposition Two on the November 2018 ballot. “Now that the sideshow is over, we can get back to fulfilling the will of the people of Idaho.”
This is not the first IFF lawsuit that has failed in recent years. The organization sued former Idaho Governor Butch Otter in 2015, challenging Idaho’s common core standards, but saw its lawsuit dismissed.
“It’s time everyone got back to work on passing a clean bill to fund Medicaid Expansion, without so-called ‘side boards’ or restrictions of any kind,” said Luke Mayville, Reclaim Idaho co-founder. “For the 62,000 Idahoans who will benefit from Medicaid Expansion, there’s too much at stake for lawmakers to play games with their healthcare.”
Proposition Two, which brought Medicaid Expansion to Idaho, passed last November with 61-percent of the statewide vote. In some counties, it garnered more than 70-percent approval.