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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Medicaid Matters in Idaho

The federal health reform adopted in 2010 builds on a number of strong components of our health care system. One of these components is the Medicaid program which provides comprehensive, affordable health coverage to approximately 210,000 Idahoans.

However, Medicaid is not only a health coverage program. It is also an economic engine. Medicaid spending supports health care industry jobs in Idaho’s counties and directly purchases goods and services. These direct health care purchases trigger further cycles of earnings and purchases that ripple throughout the economy, affecting individuals and businesses not directly associated with health care, and generating jobs, income, and economic activity. Medicaid’s contributions are particularly important in rural areas, which would face even more severe strains without the boost Medicaid provides. Continue reading