Dave Lounsberry, Lewiston. A little more than 10 years ago, when I had a good, steady mill job here in Lewiston, I was definitely one of those “doing fine.” After losing that great job and piecing together a living with part-time work, I am now one of those treading the “fine line.”
What scares me most, at age 59, besides watching my friends die, is going without access to health care. I don’t earn enough to qualify for the health care exchange. I would be eligible for coverage under expanded Medicaid – and so would more than 78,000 Idaho residents – but our Idaho governor and lawmakers have remained hesitant about the risk of accepting federal money.
I can tell them a little bit about risk. As a former U.S. Marine, I try to keep myself in good health. But at my age, I know the possibility of getting sick or injured is very real. I could lose everything I have struggled for. Providing health care to people in need is not a risk. By accepting the federal funds we are simply saying yes to bringing our own federal tax dollars back here to Idaho where it belongs. This money will save lives and create new living wage jobs. That is called common sense.
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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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.