Critical Need: Redesigning Medicaid in Idaho, # 1

Screenshot_2015-01-15-09-21-32-1Genevieve Sylvia, 20, Orofino. When I turned 19, I lost my Medicaid coverage. I was also diagnosed with a serious kidney condition. I want a better life. I studied hard to become a phlebotomist. I want a good job that pays a living wage, but there are few health care jobs available in northern Idaho. So I work as a home caregiver, making minimum wage and going without health insurance. I don’t make enough money to qualify for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. New reports show that expanded Medicaid would actually bring 16,000 more jobs — good paying jobs in the health field — to Idaho. It would put people to work. It would improve the state’s economy. A good job and access to health care is a win-win for everyone, but it could also save my life.

Ms. Sylvia is one of 78,000 Idahoans that could be helped by the Medicaid Redesign plan that is recommended by the Governor-appointed Medicaid expansion workgroup. Please call or write your legislators today and tell them to expand Medicaid in 2015!!

North Idaho Health Care Roundtable

Join ICAN members and North Idaho Healthcare Leaders for a discussion on the current status of health care in Idaho. Learn how Idaho can save money, create new jobs, and ensure all Idahoans have access to affordable healthcare. Here is a list of a few of our roundtable participants:

  • Dr. John Rusche, Idaho State Representative, Health and Welfare Committee
  • Charlotte Ash, Director, Snake River Health Clinic
  • Nicole Cleveland,Patient Services, CHAS Clinic
  • Brian Fonnesbeck, Nursing Professor, LCSC
  • Genevieve Sylvia, Healthcare Professional, uninsured.

Where: Lewis Clark State College, Sacajawea Hall Room 112
When: Wednesday May 28,2014 at 11:00am
Who: Everyone concerned with health care in Idaho

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Expanding Health Coverage Will Create More Than 16,000 Economy-Boosting Jobs

Report - Expanding Health Coverage with Federal Funds Will Create Economy-Boosting Jobs in Idaho - FINAL(2)According to an analysis by University of Idaho economist Steven Peterson, if Idaho adopted the health coverage expansion in 2014, the new spending on health care services and its ripple effects would create 16,337 jobs in the state – living wage jobs that allow families to make a living without relying on public assistance. An estimated 11,825 of these jobs will be in the state’s health care industry. The other 4,512 will be spread across a range of industries.

The new report – Expanding Health Coverage with Federal Funds Will Create Economy-Boosting Jobs in Idaho — was released by Idaho Community Action Network and prepared by Alliance for A just Society.

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