Idaho Voted. Now it's Legislators Turn to Act. 

On November 6, Idaho voters spoke in favor of expanding state health coverage. Now it's time for Idaho legislators to respond by fully funding and implementing Medicaid expansion as passed.

The health coverage program expansion was approved by an overwhelming majority of the vote - 60%! The election was clear. We cannot continue to let thousands of hardworking Idahoans ages 50-64 go without health coverage. Idaho legislators are already discussing ways to add layers of bureaucracy to the system that could increase government costs, harm personal retirement savings, and hurt older Idahoans who, as you know, can find it more difficult to find a job.

It's vital now that the legislators take the action that Idaho voters approved: to implement and fully fund the voter passed ballot initiative. 

Here are some points to consider in your message:

1. Idahoans overwhelmingly voted to pass Medicaid expansion. The Idaho legislature should fund and implement the will of the voters.

2. Instituting barriers to health coverage is very costly: Kentucky plans to spend $187 million on the administrative costs for instituting new barriers to coverage, and plans to spend $374 million over two years.

3. Ohio is expecting $380 million over five years in new county costs. When work requirements were considered in Pennsylvania it was estimated the state would spend $600 million and need to hire 300 new staff to administer the requirements.

4. The costs of administering work requirements are astronomical when compared to the much smaller investment the state could make through unmodified implementation of Proposition 2.

5. Instituting barriers to coverage opens Idaho to costly lawsuits. Kentucky's proposal has been stalled in federal court for over half a year after being deemed illegal, draining state resources with no end in sight. Arkansas is in a similar legal battle, even further from a result than Kentucky. Idaho lawmakers should wait and see what happens in other states before taking actions to implement barriers to coverage. Why risk millions of Idaho dollars in following the same path of uncertainty?

6. These new rules could impact those unpaid family caregivers who care for their loved ones at home.

7. These family caregivers save Idaho taxpayers money by keeping their loved ones out of costly nursing home or other institutional care settings.

8. Access to health care creates a healthy and productive workforce.

9. Studies in Michigan and Ohio showed that once workers got access to Medicaid they took 10% fewer sick days. Taking away their coverage is an easy way to hurt Idaho businesses.

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