Good for Veterans

veteran with dog smallMany Americans assume that we honor our veterans by making sure they have access to what they need to build a civilian career and care for their families. Sadly, this is not always the case.

Idaho has the second-highest rate of uninsured veterans in the nation, with nearly 15 percent of our veterans lacking health insurance. This works out to 10,000 uninsured veterans who live in all parts of the state. Over 40 percent of veterans without health insurance report having untreated medical needs and roughly 15 percent face significant physical, mental, or emotional health problems.

Idaho has an opportunity to extend health coverage to thousands of uninsured veterans and their family members. That’s because approximately 3,800 veterans and 1,200 spouses of veterans would qualify if Idaho closes the coverage gap.

Read this Issue Brief for more about Veterans in the coverage gap.