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Idaho Senate Set to Bring Home Divisiveness of Health Care Fight
Date:3/8/2010

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  • 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:


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