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Idaho to delay Medicaid payments

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is notifying hospitals and nursing homes that it will be holding Medicaid payments until the start of the next fiscal year because of a projected $27 million deficit in the program.

The state shortage will also mean a loss of $108 million in matching federal funds. No date was given for when the delays will begin. Agency spokesman Tom Shanahan says the payments will be made in full, starting on July 1.

The holdbacks will also apply to clinics, dentists, pharmacies and case workers, but Shanahan says they have not been officially notified.

Medicaid pays medical bills for 213,000 Idahoans, mainly children, the disabled, pregnant women and low-income elderly. The federal government pays about 80 percent of Idaho's $1.55 billion Medicaid budget.

 

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