Guest Blogger: Erin Bennett, Idaho Government Relations Director
The Legislative session is still moving fast, with a number of important pieces of legislation still being discussed and debated. We have been working with a number of partners throughout the session to support legislation that will provide health care coverage to over 78,000 Idahoans who currently fall in the gap between Medicaid qualification and state health exchange subsidies. We need legislators to know before they leave Boise, doing nothing is not an option.
We know full health care coverage will help Idaho. It will help those people who currently don’t have health care of any kind from delaying treatment because of costs. It will help those with heart disease ensure that a medical complication won’t send them into poverty or crippling debt. It will help individuals obtain primary care and preventive services. It will also lower health care costs. It will make our health care system more cost effective and efficient. It will save tax dollars currently going to other states that have taken advantage of available federal funding for health system changes, dollars that can be used to stimulate economic productivity and improve Idaho’s health care system.
Above all, the reason we need full health care coverage is because it can save lives. Throughout the Legislative session we’ve been in contact with Legislators to tell them how important a full coverage solution is to all Idahoans, and we need to continue letting them know that we support a full health coverage plan. Full coverage saves lives, please continue contacting your Legislators to show your support.