As we prepare for the 2017 Idaho legislative session, we will continue our work to close the healthcare coverage gap in our state. If you would like to re-read the details from last year’s efforts you can do so here.
With the help of volunteers like you we made real progress during the 2016 session and we are prepared to continue this important fight in 2017.
During this interim period between sessions a bi-partisan work group has been appointed by the Speaker of the House to continue working on this issue to find resolution for the Idahoans without health insurance. Lawmakers don’t all agree on the solution but most agree it is a problem that 78,000 Idahoans don’t have access to affordable healthcare.
There have been work group meetings on the issue and we have been at each and every one of them fighting for our fellow Idahoans. The next Health Care Alternatives Workgroup meeting is September 28th at the Idaho Statehouse. This will be the first meeting where they will be taking public comment, and if you are interested in speaking to the committee, this is your opportunity to have your voice heard. If you are not in the area, or unavailable to attend the meeting, please sign the petition in support of closing the gap, or send an email to your Legislators, if you haven’t done so already. Your representatives need to hear from you; every voice matters.
While the next legislative session doesn't begin until January, it is crucial that lawmakers know that their constituents are thinking about this issue now, and that they want to see the healthcare coverage gap closed. If you have a story you would like to share or are interested in coming to the Capitol for a future hearing please contact Erin Bennett.
With your help we hope that the 2017 legislative session will be the one where we secure access to affordable health care for the 78,000 hard working Idahoans who earn too much to enroll in traditional Medicaid but too little to qualify for assistance on Idaho’s insurance exchange. A full healthcare solution is better for all Idahoans.