News Release: Medicaid Expansion Coverage Begins. Idaho welcomed in the new year with a brand-new gift to tens of thousands of working families: Medicaid expansion. The program will cover more than 50,000 Idahoans according to the state Department of Health and Welfare. Idaho joins 36 states and the District of Columbia which provide Medicaid expansion benefits to its residents.

“This is a landmark day in Idaho’s history. Medicaid expansion is not only the greatest legislative achievement in a generation, it’s a lifeline to thousands of Idaho families,” said Reclaim Idaho Co-Founder Luke Mayville. “The new decade is bringing new hope to countless families all over the state who now have access to quality healthcare. For many people, it will be for the first time in their adult lives.”

Idaho voters overwhelmingly approved Medicaid expansion with 61-percent of the vote in 2018. Despite efforts by Idaho politicians to restrict access to Medicaid expansion, the program will kick off in 2020 without barriers to coverage.

“Idahoans voted for their friends, families and neighbors when they approved Medicaid expansion. They protected their votes in the months following election day when the state legislature tried to take healthcare away from so many people,” added Reclaim Idaho Executive Director Rebecca Schroeder. “The fight for Medicaid expansion says so much about our great state and our residents on a number of levels.”

Enrollment for Medicaid expansion started November 1, 2019. Coverage begins on January 1, 2020. To date, around 52,000 Idahoans have enrolled. 

Idaho Commerce Opens Applications for the 2020 Idaho Wild Rivers Grant Program. Idaho Commerce is accepting applications for the Idaho Wild Rivers Grant Program for the 2020 grant cycle. Applications must be submitted via the Department’s online portal by 4 p.m. MST, January 31, 2020. Awards will be determined by the Wild Rivers advisory panel in February 2020.

Under Section 49-419C, Idaho Code, proceeds from the sale of Wild Rivers specialty license plates may be used for one of the following purposes:

  • To promote whitewater river tourism within Idaho.
  • To promote, encourage or ensure safe use of Idaho’s whitewater rivers.
  • To improve user facilities or access to whitewater rivers.
  • To help clean up litter or promote good conservation practices by river users.

Eligible recipients of Wild Rivers grant funds are federal, state, or local government agencies, or incorporated non-profit organizations related to whitewater river recreation.

The Wild Rivers advisory panel is made up of five members representing whitewater river communities and the rafting/kayaking industries. The panel is responsible for the award of funds.

Interested applicants can request access to the grant portal by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

For specific questions about the program, contact Grants and Contracts Program Specialist, Ewa Szewczyk, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Secretary of State to Hold Remote Online Notarization Symposium. Notaries from throughout Idaho and Montana are invited to Boise Jan. 10, 2020, to attend a Remote Online Notarization (RON) Symposium hosted by the office of Idaho Secretary of State, Lawerence Denney. The events begins at 9 a.m. at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Boulevard, Boise.

Remote Online Notarization is the process for notarization of an electronic document for a remotely located individual through the use of specialized communication technology. Idaho passed remote notarization laws in 2019, and these laws take effect Jan 1, 2020. This new form of notarization means that an individual can utilize the services of an Idaho RON authorized notary, even if they are deployed, traveling, or living in another part of the world.

Interested in RON? Curious about change in the notary world? Come find the experts and vendors with the answers to your questions at the 2020 Idaho RON Symposium at the Riverside Hotel in Boise. The day will be filled with panel discussions, presentations, and demonstrations centered around Idaho’s entry into the realm of remote online eNotarizations, made possible by the new laws that take effect as of January 1, 2020.

This full-day event will include the details and requirements of remote online notarization technology, Idaho Laws and Administrative Rules, a session on notary ethics, and more. As more states enact RON, there will be more businesses and individuals expecting the convenience of one’s documents to be notarized remotely. Technology is providing flexibility and efficiency for notarial acts, allowing opportunities to greatly transform consumer experience and consumer satisfaction through new digital platforms.

If you are a member of the banking profession, real estate industry, or ever need to perform a notarial act for a remotely located individual then you need to attend to gain new knowledge in this exciting and rapidly advancing new field. Registration is now open at https://sos.idaho.gov/id-ron , and the $30 registration fee includes a buffet lunch.