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Senate Committee Advances Disastrous Idaho Health Freedom Act
Date:2/18/2010

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  • The bill does nothing to address Idaho's worsening health care crisis.
  • The measure could draw the state into a costly legal battle with little chance of success.
  • It will leave Idaho's ability to tackle health care issues subject to a court interpretation.  
  • If passed and signed into law, it could result in the loss of over $1.6 billion in federal matching funds for Medicaid and the State's Children Health Insurance Program – costing Idaho both money and health care jobs.  
  • The act may destabilize the state's insurance market, resulting in higher premiums.
  • HB 391 is vague, untried and unproven – leaving too much open to interpretation.

"The lack of a target hasn't stopped Idaho legislators from taking a shot. This permanent move to address a non-existent issue could result in severe implications for health care in Idaho," added Wordelman. "This bill is simply bad policy for Idaho and puts too much at risk for all those Idahoans struggling to afford skyrocketing health care costs."

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