Thanks to everyone who came out to tell their story and stand up for affordable health care in idaho
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We traversed the state to talk about the importance of preserving and expanding Medicaid for the benefit of all Idahoans.
78,000 Idaho residents need affordable healthcare. That’s why we transformed a 1977 camper into a Medicaid Mobile, and that’s why we traveled from town to town - all the way from Bonners Ferry in the far north to Driggs in the southeast - to talk about the importance of preserving and expanding the Medicaid program.
Along our journey, we documented stories from countless hard-working Idahoans who are unable to access affordable health care. We met Jeremy, an independent farmer in Salmon who was rendered disabled by a hernia for which he is unable to afford surgery. Cody, another Idahoan who falls into the "health coverage gap," works at a gas station in New Meadows and is not able to afford the health care he needs. Cody believes that if you are working and paying taxes, you ought to have access to affordable health care.
Our state legislators have the power to close the health care coverage gap while saving state and local dollars. Yet they have failed to act.
If you are one of the 70% of Idaho residents who think Medicaid should be expanded, please join our campaign by filling in the form below.
Even though the tour has ended, you can still share your health care story
You might be aware that more than 1 in 6 working age adults in Idaho are uninsured. And by now you've probably heard about the so-called "health care coverage gap," made up of an estimated 78,000 Idahoans that make too little to qualify for assistance to buy health insurance on the individual market. Most of them are working, thousands are veterans, and they are simply not able to access affordable health care.
If you fall into the health care gap (or would like to show your support) and were not able to make it to one of the 20 stops on our tour, please share your story using the fields below.
Under the Medicaid expansion, which has been adopted by 31 states and would be nearly entirely paid for with federal funds, all Idahoans would have the opportunity to access the health care they need. This proposed policy will also create more than 13,000 Idaho jobs, improve the bottom line of struggling rural hospitals, and bring billions of dollars into the state economy.
Under the current system, millions of dollars from state and county tax revenues are used to recoup unpaid medical expenses of people who are uninsured. By covering the majority of these costs with federal dollars, the Medicaid expansion would reduce this burden on taxpayers and save an estimated $176 million over 5 years.
Thanks to all who joined us on the tour to stand up for what's best for Idaho
SANDPOINT - July 25th at 6PM - Farmin Park (Oak and Third)
BONNERS FERRY - July 26 at noon - Georgia Mae Plaza (Main Street)
PRIEST RIVER - July 27 at noon - Harvest Foods Parking Lot
BLANCHARD - July 27 at 2PM - Blanchard Park
COEUR D' ALENE - July 27 at 6PM - City Park Bandshell
WALLACE - July 28 at noon - Next to the Shoshone County Courthouse
ST. MARIES - July 28 at 6PM - Archie's IGA (Corner of College & 1st)
MOSCOW - July 29 at 11AM - Saturday Market at Third and Main
LEWISTON - July 29 at 6PM - Pioneer Park Bandshell
BOISE - July 30 - Julia Davis Park Agriculture Pavilion - A celebration of 52 years since the adoption of Medicaid
NAMPA - July 31 at noon - Cancelled due to mechanical issues (Sorry!)
HAILEY - July 31 at 7PM - Hop Porter Park (Bullion St. and Poulsen Rd.)
TWIN FALLS - August 1 at 6PM - Candy Cane (Cascade) Park, 1800 Block of Stadium Blvd
AMERICAN FALLS - August 2 at 11AM - Ken's Food Market Parking Lot
IDAHO FALLS - August 2 at 6:30 PM - Labor Training Center at 580 W. 19th Street
BLACKFOOT - August 3 at Noon - Jensen Grove Amphitheater
POCATELLO - August 3 at 5:30 PM - Caldwell Park (700 E Lewis St)
DRIGGS - August 4 from 10AM to 1PM - Outside the Farmer's Market
VICTOR - August 4 from 5PM to 7PM - Wildlife Brewery
SALMON - August 5 from 11AM to 1PM - Lemhi County Farmers Market
COTTONWOOD - August 6 from 10AM to 4PM - Raspberry Festival! - Monastery of St. Gertrude