Brigham Young University-Idaho Reverses Decision on Medicaid Coverage After Backlash

The BYU-Idaho campus in Rexburg, Idaho. Video screengrab

An Idaho college affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reversed its decision not to accept Medicaid coverage. The decision comes in the wake of widespread criticism from students and alumni.

“We are grateful for the feedback we have received from our campus community and for the input of the local medical community,” administrators at Brigham Young University-Idaho announced in a campuswide email on Monday (Nov. 25). “We have decided that Medicaid, as it has in previous years, will meet the health coverage requirement at BYU-Idaho.”

School officials also apologized for “the turmoil caused by our earlier decision.”

The Scroll, BYU-Idaho’s student newspaper, reported in mid-November that the school would longer accept Medicaid as a form of health care coverage. This caused concern among students, who are required to have health insurance or sign up for the school’s Student Health Plan in order to enroll in classes.

Administrators initially offered no explanation for the decision, which occurred shortly after enrollment for expanded Medicaid in the state began. Officials then claimed in an official statement that the school decided not to accept Medicaid out of concern that doing so would overload the “local medical community and infrastructure.”

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Source: Religion News Service