Organizing for Medicaid expansion

Judee Stanley, right, speaks to Annette Harker on Saturday about the petition to have the Medicaid expansion gap initiative placed on the ballot. “The whole state needs to think about this and voice their opinion,” Stanley said. “I know too many people that need insurance.” John Roark/ jroark@postregister.com

Next month, voters will learn whether they can vote to expand Medicaid in Idaho in the November general election. The effort to put the question to a popular vote comes after years in which Idaho lawmakers have declined to expand the program or enact other policies meant to provide free or low-cost coverage for tens of thousands in the Medicaid gap.

Rexburg Council rescinds Tobacco 21 ordinance

In Dec. 8, 2009 photo, Newport cigarettes, a Lorillard Inc. brand, are displayed at Costco in Mountain View, Calif. Federal health officials are taking a closer look at flavors in tobacco products that appeal to young people, particularly menthol-flavored cigarettes, which have escaped regulation despite nearly a decade of government scrutiny. The Food and Drug Administration issued a call Tuesday, March 20, 2018, for more information about flavored tobacco products, with the aim of preventing children and young people from getting hooked on nicotine. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

REXBURG — The Rexburg City Council voted Wednesday night to rescind its Tobacco 21 ordinance that increased the age an adult can purchase cigarettes to the age of 21. The ordinance was scheduled to take effect in July.

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