Thank you Sen. Dan Schmidt for your Guest Opinion on why it is important for Idaho to close the Medicaid gap and for your thought-provoking account of your conversation with your conservative colleague.
My husband was a physician and for most of my life I was among the fortunate few who had a doctor on call almost 365 days a year. If it had not been for my husband’s catastrophic accident on the way to work, I would not be writing this letter.
If it had not been for his accident, I would not have known the anxiety of decision-making when health insurance doesn’t cover the needed medical care. I would not have felt the embarrassment of not knowing if I could pay the patient’s portion of the medical bill.
If it had not been for my husband’s accident I would have continued to be among the lucky few who thought that health insurance problems would never impact me personally.
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If this issue isn’t important to you, perhaps because your own health insurance safety net is too strong to fail, maybe you just lack imagination.
Gail LeBow, Garden City