Navigation Links
Idaho Senate Set to Bring Home Divisiveness of Health Care Fight

Idaho Health Freedom Act Could Take Harsh Toll on 221,000 Uninsured & 213,000 Elderly Struggling with High Rx Costs

BOISE, Idaho, March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As Congress continues to battle over how to fix the broken health care system, Idaho's homegrown health care crisis may take a giant step towards growing even worse today. The controversial Idaho Health Freedom Act (HB 391) is up for a vote before the full state Senate today.  AARP opposes the bill as it could wreak havoc on Idaho's health care system -- resulting in even higher premiums, while costing the state both money and jobs. 

AARP is calling on the Senate to reject the vague, untried, unproven and risky measure.  As part of AARP's "accountability vote" efforts, the Association will track and report the roll call and inform all its 180,000 Idaho members how their Senator voted.  The Senate vote is the last step before the bill heads to the Governor, where it is expected to be signed into law.

"This bill does nothing to address the real issues Idahoans struggle with when it comes to health care – rising premiums, high prescription drug costs and unaffordable health care – and everything to make matters worse," said Jim Wordelman, State Director for AARP in Idaho.  "The fighting on this issue that has kept Idahoans from getting the health care relief they need has come home to roost – that's bad news for families, businesses and the elderly in our state."

AARP says the legislation could have severe and unintended implications on the health care system in Idaho and strongly opposes the bill because it:

  • Does nothing to address the real health care problems Idahoans face, high prescription drug and insurance prices, and the high cost of health care.
  • Contradicts existing state policy that requires all full-time students at state colleges and universities to carry health insurance -- without it they can't enroll.
  • Ties the hands of Idaho legislators with a permanent state law taking aim at a non-existent federal one, which could prevent action on needed state health care issues.
  • Will engage Idaho in costly litigation with little chance for success.
  • Could cost the state over $1.6 billion in federal matching funds for Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), compromising the coverage for 260,000 Idahoans and losing thousands of state health care jobs.
  • Destabilizes Idaho's carefully constructed regulations for the insurance industry.
  • May prevent state regulators from addressing health insurance and health plan issues – leaving premiums, deductibles and co-pays subject to even greater increases.
  • Puts at risk Idaho's bid for the F-35 project -- this bill sends mixed messages, while telling the federal government to stay out of the state with one hand, with the other we're urging them to come and spend billions of dollars in Idaho and bring thousands of jobs.

Idaho's home grown health care crisis:

  • 221,000 uninsured; nearly 90% have jobs with many unable to afford soaring health insurance premiums.  Prices will increase by 40% in the next few years and double by 2016; 27% of Idaho's 213,000 Medicare beneficiaries have fallen into the Medicare prescription drug "doughnut hole," forced to pay 100% for their medications, leaving many to stop taking them.  Prescription drugs costs increased 11% over the last few months.
  • 400,000 Idahoans spend 10% of their income on health care while roughly 100,000 spend upwards of 25%.  Soaring health care costs will force families to pay even more in the coming years, leaving many to simply go without needed health coverage.

Follow us on Twitter @AARPIdaho and Facebook: AARP Idaho


Back to top



Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. AARP Makes Senate Vote on Idaho Health Freedom Act Accountability Vote
2. Idaho Legislators Stand for Health Care Freedom
3. Senate Committee Advances Disastrous Idaho Health Freedom Act
4. AARP Urges Key Senate Committee to Say No to Idaho Health Freedom Act
5. Idaho House Moves State Closer to Health Care Disaster
6. Idahos Health Care Woes Need Solutions, Not More Roadblocks
7. Idaho State of the State Holds Promise & Problems
8. AARP Commends Idaho for Tackling Wrongfully Denied Health Claims
9. Health Care Reform Moves One Step Closer to Bringing Relief to Idaho Families
10. AARP Urges Idaho Senators Not to be the Grinches That Stole Health Care Reform
11. Idahos Rising Jobless Rate Fuels States Growing Health Care Woes
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/26/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... a real-time eReferral system for diagnostic imaging in the Waterloo region. Using the ... and Nuclear Medicine tests directly from their electronic medical record (EMR) without the ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... WorldCare International, Inc., the ... 61st annual Employee Benefits Conference. The Employee Benefits Conference was hosted by the ... Wednesday, November 11th, 2015. The conference was held at the Hawaii Convention Center ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... ... all, Water For Empowerment ™ attracts volunteers together who want to combine ... empowering women as key stakeholders in the process. The non-profit launched its first ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... ... Dr. John Pierce, Medical Director at the Ageless Forever clinic in Las ... Pro laser therapy cap. FDA cleared for safety and efficacy, the Capillus272 offers men ... surgery, prescription pills, or topical foams. , “Capillus272™ Pro is a home-use device ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Lakeview Health, ... country to celebrate their sobriety and show through pictures what a positive difference ... photos this Thanksgiving with the hashtag #FacesOfGratitude on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... DUBLIN , Nov. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the addition of the "Global ... to their offering. --> ... "Global Brain Monitoring Devices Market 2015-2019" ... Research and Markets ( ) ...
(Date:11/25/2015)...  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American ... March of Dimes cheered today,s signature into law ... of 2015 (S.799), which takes much-needed strides ... to drugs, such as opioids, and to improve ... organizations have worked together leading advocacy efforts for ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Nov. 25, 2015 On Tuesday, November ... bellwether trial against Wright Medical Technology, Inc. for ... Conserve metal-on-metal hip implant device, awarded $11 million ... two week trial and three days of deliberations, ... device was defectively designed and unreasonably dangerous, and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: