Letter: Medicaid redesign

February 16, 2014 

Did you know that there are over 70,000 Idahoans who earn less than $11,000 a year and fall into an insurance coverage gap? They do not qualify for Medicaid as working single adults and don’t earn enough to qualify for the subsidy on Your Health Idaho exchange.

Catastrophic Health Care and County Indigent Programs will cost Idaho taxpayers approximately $60 million next year and a whopping $1 billion over 10 years. Individuals with no insurance are forced to access these funds to pay for illnesses and accidents. Many of these poorest Idahoans procrastinate seeking health care until they are seriously ill.

A bipartisan group of concerned citizens are asking our governor and legislators to support an Idaho Medicaid redesign. This redesign will save the state $85 million over 10 years, but if we reject federal dollars it will cost the state $394 million over 10 years. It is forecast that Medicaid redesign will bring $9.2 billion new dollars into Idaho over 10 years.

If we want to provide better access to preventive services, reduce dependence on Catastrophic Health Care and County Indigent funds, then contact our governor and your legislators to support Medicaid redesign now.

INGRID BRUDENELL, Boise

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