When the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act was announced this past summer, millions of Americans who had been waiting for relief were struck a surprising blow. Every state in the country could decide whether to implement the expanded Medicaid program outlined in the law, or not. Despite the fact that the federal government will cover 100 percent of the costs from 2014-2016, and over six years reduce that coverage to 90% by 2020. Many states have opted into the program, others are playing politics by opting out. Idaho has not decided what it will do.
The stories in this report, an update on the Medicaid needs in Idaho, shed light on real people grappling with the real life struggle of being uninsured. “Their testimonials offer a glimpse of the tragedies that thousands of Americans face when addressing their health needs.” Read the Report.
Medicaid Expansion Idaho
“Medicaid does more than provide health coverage and services for seniors, low-income children and families, and people with disabilities. It is also an economic engine.”
An Alliance report released just last month details the growing need for medicaid coverage in the state, while lawmakers are continuing a trend toward reducing more critical services. The result is a stark economic impact on local economy should the cuts continue.
“Despite Medicaid’s importance to Idahoans, the state has begun to slash its investment in the program. These cuts are already resulting in people going without the health care they need. They are also beginning to unravel the system of community-based services that have helped thousands of Idahoans…”
Medicaid Matters in Idaho
The sky is blue and their air is clean; the schools are good and the kids are happy; there are parks, good food, and safe places to live and work, as well as artistic, cultural, and religious institutions that reflect the richness and diversity of our communities and society. The desire to create strong communities where families can thrive seems almost universal, and this is true despite the presence of conservative ideologies that promote rugged individualism.
This is the shared vision of our diverse communities, around the country. Continue reading “Building a Movement for a Constructive Commonwealth”
In March 2010, Congress passed historic health reform legislation. It is now up to state lawmakers to implement reform in our state, including passing legislation to establish new health insurance exchanges through which individuals and small businesses can buy health insurance. Continue reading “Keeping the Fox Out of the Health Care Henhouse”
Since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Citizens United decision in 2010, we have witnessed an unprecedented degree of influence by corporate interests in setting public policy in America. “How Money in Politics Affects the 99% … And How the 99% Is Fighting Back” explores the profound impact money is having on decisions that affect all of us. Continue reading “How Money in Politics Affects the 99% … And How the 99% Is Fighting Back”
Health care reform in the United States has come a long way. But much work remains.
This series of papers by AJS Federal Issues Policy Director Bill Daley examines the state of health care reform in the U.S. and the role state-level policy-making will play as we move forward and implement the Affordable Care Act. Continue reading “The State of Health Care Reform”
On May 31, the Alliance for a Just Society joined with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), Make the Road New York, and other immigrant justice organizations around the country to call on the federal government to adopt a strong, inclusive family unity waiver. Continue reading “Alliance Calls for a Strong, Inclusive Family Unity Waiver”
This spring, the Alliance for a Just Society participated in Shareholder Spring, in which grassroots leaders descended on shareholder meetings to demand an end to corporate dominance of our politics and our increasingly unequal economy. Continue reading “Shareholders Should Have a Say in Corporate Political Spending”
Foreclosures are devastating the housing market in Colorado. Standing alone, the foreclosure crisis is troubling enough. Making matters worse is the alarming number of home repossessions performed on the basis of fraud or dubious paperwork. Continue reading “Fixing the Foundation in Colorado”
Across the country, state lawmakers have been slashing their investments in health, education, communities, and families. Continue reading “The Cost of Cuts”