Under current Idaho law, sexual assault victims' health insurance planĀ is billed for sexual assault examinations.

But some Idaho lawmakers are trying to change that. The Idaho Crime Victim's Compensation Policy says that the state will pay for the forensic examination, but only after the victim's insurance pays.

Sexual assault is the only crime in Idaho where the victim's insurance is billed for forensic evidence collection.

District 19 Representative Melissa Wintrow says the solution is simple: take insurance out of the billing process and let the state cover the cost.

Kelley Packer, District 28's representative, agrees. She says she was shocked when she heard that's how it's done in Idaho, "If it has to do with gathering evidence, and putting together a case to prosecute crime, then as anything else, it should be picked up by the budgets that are put aside for that specific purpose."

Packer says that before she can endorse the new legislation, she would have to look at the specifics of how it would be done.


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