In 2014, thousands of uninsured Idahoans automatically became eligible for assistance to help them purchase coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange. This is keeping these middle-income families healthier and more financially secure.

However, thousands of Idahoans have been left out because they earn too little to qualify and can’t get covered through their jobs. Idaho has not yet taken action to make coverage available for this group of hardworking Idahoans who fall into the ‘coverage gap.’

A smart health care policy would fill this gap. The good news is that states have flexibility to come up with their own way of closing this gap, whether through new private options or existing programs, like Medicaid. Idaho has the opportunity to design its own plan—a plan that will work for Idaho.

Who Falls in the Coverage Gap in Idaho?

Idahoans in the gap can be food servers, receptionists, or seasonal construction and agricultural workers. They are our co-workers, neighbors and friends.
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We Need A Complete Solution to the Coverage Gap

We all want Idahoans to have access to affordable health care. Fortunately, over 70,000 Idahoans have been able to sign up for affordable coverage through the Your Health Idaho exchange. Many are concerned that Idahoans who earn lower wages are not eligible for this assistance and fall into what is known as the coverage gap.

The good news is that states have the flexibility to design their own approach to closing the coverage gap.

Watch our Video Explaining Idaho’s Policy Options

Good Health Policy is Good for Idahoans

Health insurance improves the lives of Idahoans through reducing illness, alleviating pain and suffering, diminishing missed time at work and decreasing job loss. Families with health insurance are also more likely to receive preventive medical care, avoiding more painful conditions and larger expenses down the road.

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Closing the Gap is Good for Idaho’s Economy

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Closing the gap would bring economic benefits to every region of the state, as the new dollars ripple through the local economies. When a health worker has her oil changed, goes out to lunch, or buys shoes for her kids, she will help fuel the local economy. Economists estimate that over the next 10 years Idaho would see nearly $700 million in new economic activity and nearly 15,000 new private sector jobs. To put that in perspective, Idaho had around 42,000 unemployed in January, 2014.

Read more about how closing the gap is good for Idaho’s Economy

Closing the Gap is Good for Idaho’s Veterans

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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.

Read more about how closing the gap is good for Idaho’s Veterans

New Materials for 2017

Alexander-Murray Action Sheet
Idaho Health Care Plan – Public Comment Period Open
Chartbook: Understanding Idaho’s Health Care Waiver Options
CHIP Reauthorization: Impact on Idaho’s Children
Senate Health Reform Bill Chartbook: Impact on Idaho, July 2017
Health Coverage in Rural Idaho Report, June 2017
Federal Medicaid Funding Caps: Devastating to People with Disabilities, April 2017
Snapshot of Children’s Coverage: How Medicaid, CHIP & ACA Cover Children, March 2017
Understanding Medicaid Block Grants & Per Capita Caps, March 2017


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Listen to Our New Podcasts on the Coverage Gap Issue

Close the Gap’s Proposed Solution to the Coverage Gap

Close the Gap Idaho supports a full solution that provides essential coverage for 78,000 Idahoans

News Release on Announcement of 2016 Legislative Work Group

We Look Forward to Working with the Coverage Gap Work Group

Chart Book

Read our snazzy new chart book for lots of data on why closing the gap makes sense.

Chart Book Media Kit

Download a zipped folder of all the chart book graphics and tables in jpg format.
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Story Collection

Why Healthcare Matters: Stories From Idahoans
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Advocacy Toolkit

Get the tools you need to be an effective advocate for Idahoans in the Gap

Civic Engagement

Questions for Candidates

Faith Leaders for Closing the Gap

Letter from Faith Leaders

Quotes from Faith Leaders

Idaho Voices for Closing the Gap

Five Key Facts on the Healthy Idaho Plan

The Healthy Idaho Plan saves money, eliminates tax penalties and encourages work

Fact Sheet on the Coverage Gap

What it Means for Idaho Families

Fact Sheet on ACA Fee Exemptions

Top 20 Exemptions

La Brecha de Cobertura para Familias en Idaho

Información en español

Governor Otter’s Medicaid Redesign Workgroup

From the Disability Community and the Cancer Community


Frequently Asked Questions


Other Idaho Voices for Redesign

Voices from Other States

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Closing the Gap won’t be easy, but we can do it!  Here are several ways you can do you your part.

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