The Coverage Gap for Idaho Families
We want all of Idaho’s families to have the security of knowing they can get the health care they need without
going bankrupt. We also want our state to have laws that are fair to everyone and don’t play favorites.
In 2014, uninsured Americans in every state within a certain
income bracket will receive tax subsidies to help them purchase
coverage. This will keep these middle-income families healthier
and more economically secure. The piece of this policy designed
for families below this income bracket is through optional Medicaid
dollars, which each state must decide to accept.
Idaho faces an important choice: If we accept the new Medicaid
dollars, there will be an affordable coverage option for families
below this income bracket. If we reject the Medicaid dollars
and only implement half the policy, thousands of hardworking
Idaho families will not have access to affordable coverage and
will have no protection if they have a health emergency.