COUNTIES AND COUNTY LAW
HOSPITALS FOR INDIGENT SICK
31-3506. Obligated county. The county obligated for payment shall be determined as follows:
(1) The obligated county for payment of pharmaceuticals for noninstitutionalized individuals shall be the county where the applicant currently resides.
(2) The obligated county for payment of necessary medical services for medical indigent individuals shall be as follows:
(a) The last county in which the applicant or head of household has maintained a residence for six (6) consecutive months or longer within the past five (5) years preceding incurrence shall be obligated. If the applicant or head of household maintains another residence in a different county or state for purposes of employment, the county where the family residence is maintained shall be deemed the applicant’s or head of household’s place of residence.
(b) If an individual has not resided in any county for a period of six (6) months within the five (5) years preceding incurrence of medical costs for which counties have a responsibility in whole or in part, then the county where the applicant maintained a residence for at least thirty (30) days immediately preceding such incurrence shall be the obligated county.
(c) Active military duty, or being admitted as a patient in a hospital, nursing home, other medical facility or institution, shall not change the obligated county. The county obligated shall remain the same county that would have been obligated prior to institutionalization as above described.
(d) For full-time students at public institutions of higher learning, the obligated county shall be the county of residence of the applicant unless an obligated person, for whom the applicant is claimed as a dependent, resides in another county or state.
(e) If an individual has not resided in any county for a consecutive period of thirty (30) days but has resided in the state of Idaho for a consecutive period of thirty (30) days then the county where the individual last resided prior to receiving medical services shall be the obligated county.
[31-3506, added 1974, ch. 302, sec. 12, p. 1769; am. 1976, ch. 121, sec. 9, p. 468; am. 1988, ch. 332; sec. 3, p. 996; am. 1989, ch. 193, sec. 3, p. 476; repealed 1990, ch. 87, sec. 1, p. 178; reinstated 1991, ch. 233, sec. 1, p. 553; am. 1996, ch. 410, sec. 16, p. 1367; am. 2000, ch. 317, sec. 4, p. 1072; am. 2008, ch. 189, sec. 1, p. 593.]