Report: Expanded Medicaid in Idaho Save Lives and Cuts Costs



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.

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Medicaid Matters in 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

Building a Movement for a Constructive Commonwealth

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”

How Money in Politics Affects the 99% … And How the 99% Is Fighting Back

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”