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June 25, 2015
CONTACT: TERRI STERLING
HEALTH CARE VICTORY NOT FOR ALL IDAHOANS
Today, the Supreme Court rejected an attack on the Affordable Care Act, our country’s historic health care law. Now, 6.4 million people can rest more easily, knowing their health insurance won’t be stripped away.
ICAN led grassroots leaders in the fight for health care for everyone in Idaho. The ACA was a major victory, and it’s here to stay.
But it’s not time for us to celebrate in Idaho,” said Robynhawk Wilson, ICAN board member. “Our lawmakers have refused to expand Medicaid, and about 90,000 Idahoans are being shut out of quality health care as a result. This refusal is steeped in racial injustice: a large portion of those still excluded are people of color.”
In Idaho about 450 citizens die each year without access to health care. Currently, adults with incomes between 26-100% FPL do not qualify for subsidies through the ACA or Medicaid benefits.
“The country is moving forward with health reform, and our state lawmakers have no more excuses. It’s time to stand up for all Idahoans.”
Idaho Community Action Network was founded in 1999. ICAN is a grassroots membership organization committed to racial social and economic justice for all.
Thousands of Idaho Immigrants Continue to Wait, Prepare for Implementation as Long Legal Battle of Immigration Action Unfolds
Boise, ID– Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denied the US Department of Justice’s request for an emergency stay in the anti-immigrant lawsuit, Texas v. United States of America. Texas Federal Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction in mid-February temporarily halting the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. Thousands of Idaho immigrants, up to as many as five million immigrants across the country, are forced to wait, continuing to live in fear of deportation and being torn from their families.
“Governor Butch Otter and State Attorney Lawrence Wasden strategically filed this case in order to delay relief for hardworking immigrants in Idaho” said Ruby Mendez, Senior Policy Fellow of the Idaho Community Action Network “We are confident that we will win this lawsuit and, finally, millions of hardworking immigrants will be able to live, work, and stay in the only country they call home.”
Report Card: Idaho Policies are Failing Working Families
Raising the wage and protecting child support are critical steps in helping workers move from barely surviving to thriving.
BOISE — A healthy, thriving environment that allows workers to move beyond living paycheck-to-paycheck is good for families, good for business, good for the community, and good for the economy.
Unfortunately, in Idaho, state policies too often seem rigged against workers and their families, preventing people from getting ahead no matter how hard they struggle. Low wages, a lack of good-paying jobs, inequitable tax systems, sky-rocketing education costs and debilitating debt especially impact low-income families.
A new report card, “Rigged to Fail: When state policies suppress workers’ ability to make ends meet,” released today by Idaho Community Action Network, gives Idaho an “F” when it comes to passing policies that help workers and their families get ahead. Here is a copy of the report.