Marcia Franklin and her guest discuss the challenges facing the Medicaid system. Franklin's guests are Richard Armstrong, director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and Leslie Clement, the Medicaid administrator for Idaho Health and Welfare.
The two administrators discuss with Franklin some of the tough choices their agency confronts in the face of continued budgetary reductions. They also react to the testimony presented by Idaho citizens during Friday's special hearings by the Legislature's Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee on potential cuts to Medicaid. Gov. Butch Otter has asked the agency to slash $25 million in state funds from its budget.