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.”

Rigged to Fail

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.

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It’s a Shark Attack!

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August 6, 2014
Contact: Terri Sterling
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It’s a Shark Attack
ICAN Members Warn, “Don’t Get Bit By Predatory Lending”

LEWISTON ID- Idaho Community Action Network (ICAN) members and Lewiston families harmed by predatory loans are biting back this week by drawing attention to the numerous payday and title loan businesses on Lewiston’s 21st Street and the need for the City of Lewiston to limit the growth of these types of businesses.

ICAN leaders will turn out Wednesday on 21st Street in front of these loan companies with flyers, petitions and large banners warning residents, “Don’t Get Bit by Predatory Lending,” and “It’s A Feeding Frenzy”.

“I struggle with payday loan debt, and I think that our local and state governments have a responsibility to restrict the harmful businesses in our community. They are bad players-taking money out of our community, states Alison Smith, Lewiston resident in a report released by ICAN this week, Predatory Lending Practices Negatively Impact Lewiston Valley Residents And The Local Economy.

Idaho, without an interest rate cap, has the highest interest rates in the nation at 582%APR, yet the state legislature continues to dismiss the need for a state rate cap that would limit the interest rate at 36%. As a result, Idaho becomes a “feeding frenzy” for predatory lending and the responsibility falls on local governments to limit the number of lenders they will allow. Caldwell recently adopted such an ordinance. Continue reading