Idaho — The leader of Idaho’s Medicaid division has proposed a temporary cut in hospital and nursing home reimbursements following the governor’s request that all state agencies cut 1% from their current budgets. 

Medicaid Division Administrator David Wimmer suggested in late November that the state program reimburse only 90% of allowable costs — instead of the current 100% — to nursing homes and hospitals. 

The temporary cut in reimbursements would save Idaho’s state general fund an estimated $14.8 million, according to Wimmer. 

He has discussed the proposal with lawmakers and providers, and would need legislative approval before implementation could take place. 

“It’s difficult because we do have a budget hole to fill, and not a lot of other ways to fill it that won’t have some really negative impacts,” he said.