Close the Gap Idaho Statement on
the Elections and Healthcare Reform
Close the Gap Idaho remains committed to ensuring that the tens of thousands of Idahoans who lack comprehensive health coverage gain access to affordable, quality healthcare. In the wake of the 2016 elections, there is much uncertainty about the future of national healthcare reform, but we do know that specific reform provisions, enacted over the past several years, have created effective avenues to coverage for people in Idaho.
Idaho’s state-based health insurance exchange has provided essential coverage to over 90,000 Idahoans. Almost 90 percent of these consumers qualified for and received a tax credit that offset the cost of their premiums and made their coverage affordable. In addition, popular healthcare reform provisions, such as allowing children to remain on their parents’ plans until age 26 and ensuring consumers will not be denied coverage for pre-existing conditions, have helped Idahoans access much needed care.
Although Idaho has made huge strides in reducing the number of uninsured residents over the last several years, there are still about 78,000 Idahoans who lack affordable coverage. These individuals and their families have suffered for far too long, and our policies have failed to address their needs. Moving forward, Close the Gap will monitor and evaluate well-intentioned proposals and remain focused on gaining affordable, comprehensive coverage options for all Idahoans.
Close the Gap will continue its work to extend managed care options to the thousands of Idahoans living in poverty and remains committed to saving lives, improving health, preventing medical bankruptcies and saving taxpayer dollars. We look forward to working with the Idaho Legislature and our Congressional delegation towards these goals.