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Idaho House Moves State Closer to Health Care Disaster
Date:2/9/2010

the intent being to oppose any type of proposed federal health care legislation.  AARP stands in strong opposition to the Idaho bill, which could cost Idaho its federal match for Medicaid -- $1.26 billion -- and the Children's Health Insurance Program -- $36 million -- along with thousands of state health care jobs.

The Idaho measure is part of a national initiative to challenge health care reform underway in several states.  The cookie-cutter legislation, similar to bills being introduced in other states, contradicts existing Idaho policy requiring students at state colleges and universities to carry health insurance (without it they can't enroll).  While the bill has been amended so as not to negate the state policy, it allows Idaho to mandate coverage while attempting to forbid the federal government from doing the same thing.    

"A vote for this bill is a vote against the people of Idaho -- and AARP is urging the Senate to take a harder look at this bill than the House did," added Wordelman.  "This ill-conceived bill is little more than a national effort that fails to consider the impact on Idaho and our worsening health care crisis."

AARP says the legislation is a roadblock at a time when solutions are needed.  Nearly 90% of the state's 221,000 uninsured have jobs but can't afford health care; 27% of Idaho Medicare beneficiaries fell into the Part D prescription drug "doughnut hole" -- forcing some to skip needed medications; roughly 100,000 Idahoans spend upwards of 25% of their income on health care costs; and insurance premiums are expected to double in the next few years.  

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