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

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.Report - Expanding Health Coverage with Federal Funds Will Create Economy-Boosting Jobs in Idaho - FINAL(2)
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.
Idaho resident Dave Lounsberry said the combination of Medicaid expansion, bringing health care to 88,000 more Idahoans, and the creation of thousand of more economy boosting jobs is the best possible scenario for Idaho families. Lounsberry lost a steady mill job in Lewiston 10 years ago and has been piecing together a living since.

“I am treading a fine line,” said Lounsberry. “What scares me most, at age 58, is going without health insurance. I don’t earn enough to qualify for the health care exchange. With a better paying job I wouldn’t need Medicaid at all.  It’s a great opportunity, but our Idaho governor and legislators don’t think working with the Federal government is worth the risk. I can tell them a little about risk. Continue reading

City of Caldwell Adopts Ordinance Limiting Predatory Lenders!!!

Thank you Caldwell City Council and Mayor Nancolas!

On Monday December 16, the Caldwell City Council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance that will limit new payday and title loan businesses in the city. New predatory loan companies wishing to set up shop in Caldwell’s commercial areas will be required to apply for a special use permit and receive approval from the City Council. The Mayor and City Council members have shown great leadership in protecting their citizens as Caldwell is the first city in Idaho to address this growing issue.

ICAN members have been active over the last several months reaching out to churches, community groups, small businesses and residents who have struggled with predatory loan debt. Continue reading

Idaho group participates at Youth in Action in D.C.

Four members of the Idaho community Action Network, Vicente Valentin from Nyssa, Ruby Mendez from Boise, and Alicia Reynaga and Shantel Huerta from Burley had the opportunity to travel to D.C. to join the Youth in Action event, a number of actions led by families and children on the House of Representatives who have stalled comprehensive immigration reform.

Throughout the week, children and parents shared their heartbreaking stories of how the broken immigration system has had a toll on their families. They chanted and sang in the hallways of the House building, and held pictures of loved ones and signs that read “Immigration Reform Now!” Continue reading