You are responsible for Idaho’s greatest legislative achievement in a generation: Medicaid Expansion.
You are bringing healthcare to tens of thousands of Idahoans, returning $400 million in federal funds to Idaho, shoring up rural hospitals all over the state and creating thousands of jobs in the process.
The legislature is trying to dismantle your achievement piece by piece. The most notorious law passed in 2019 deals with so-called “work requirement” restrictions to Medicaid Expansion. It’s a scam. We all know the vast majority of Medicaid recipients already work. This is nothing but a paperwork restriction designed to kick Idahoans off of healthcare for failing to fill out forms by some arbitrary deadline. It creates a useless multi-million dollar bureaucracy you pay for every year. This will only create a “secondary gap” of thousands of Idahoans. Higher expenses, less healthcare.
This is not what you voted for!
Here’s the good news: this law can’t go into effect until the Feds approve it. Before they can do that, you have a say in the matter. You can speak out against this threat to healthcare — and — the Feds are required by law to listen. A federal judge has already ruled against similar restrictions in three other states.
Here’s how you can get involved:
- Submit a comment opposing paperwork restrictions to Medicaid Expansion. It’s easier than you think. We’ve created a sample comment you can use to form your own. Just click here. Once you get a handle on the language and create your own comment, we’ve created a link to a super-easy email tool from Close the Gap on the very same page. It’s one-stop shopping to protect thousands of Idahoans.
- You have until September 22, 2019 to submit a comment. That’s plenty of time — and we’ve made it really easy to do.
Your comments can make a real difference for thousands of Idahoans threatened by this law. The ten minutes you take to submit a comment can have a lifetime effect on so many people.
You can also comment in person at two upcoming public hearings:
Sept. 3, 2019 @ 1:00–3:00pm: Lincoln Auditorium, Idaho State Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St., Boise; or call in to 1–877–820–7831, 301388#
Sept. 6, 2019 @ 1:00–3:00pm: East Conference Room, Joe R. Williams Building, 700 W. State St., Boise; or call in to 1–877–820–7831, 301388#
Idaho needs to Speak now more than ever. Make sure your voice is heard around the nation.