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Idaho's Health Care Woes Need Solutions, Not More Roadblocks
Date:1/29/2010

national level could help alleviate the pain, by delivering more money to the state of Idaho, preventing harsh budget cuts and bringing much needed relief to the hundreds of thousands of Idahoans struggling as health care costs soar and wages don't.

As Idaho leaders at both the state and federal level look for ways to address the worsening health care crisis, they must not turn a blind eye to the growing problem in their home state.  In Idaho, over 221,000 people lack health insurance, nearly 90% have jobs -- for most, the cost is simply too high.  Nearly 400,000 Idahoans spend 10% of their income on health care; over 100,000 spend upwards of 25%.  Twenty-seven percent of our state's 213,00 Medicare beneficiaries fell into the prescription drug "doughnut hole" -- forced to pay full price for their medications -- with many having to cut pills or stop taking them altogether.  In the next few years health insurance premiums will double.  

It won't be easy to get our health care system on the right track and ensure everyone has affordable access to the care they need and deserve.  It will require commitment and leadership from both state and federal lawmakers of both political parties, and it will mean a mix of national and state solutions to tackle a problem facing nearly all of us.  

The good news is we can get there from here.  In fact, we must get there from here -- and AARP will work with Governor Otter, our state Legislators and members of Congress to ensure Idaho families aren't forced to go without the medical care they need.

AARP is Idaho's largest membership organization with 180,000 members.

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