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Idaho and the Health Insurance Exchange

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I was glad to see that in its editorial for the creation of a state-based health insurance exchange the Idaho Statesman used my previously-published guest opinion on the issue.

The Statesman’s editorial position more or less mirrors mine: That Idaho and the health care and health insurance system that serves Idaho’s people will be best served if a health insurance exchange is created by the state, not by the federal government. If the Idaho Legislature does not follow the lead of Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter in creating a state exchange, we know that the federal government will do the job for us.

I was also grateful to see that the Idaho Press Tribune recently published a letter from Karl Keeler, the CEO of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center – Nampa, in which he made an excellent argument for the preservation of community-focused health care. Karl’s letter highlights the Mission of Saint Alphonsus: to work toward the health and healing of our communities, close to home.

Saint Alphonsus was an early supporter of the Idaho Health Exchange Alliance, a statewide coalition of individuals and businesses supporting a state-based exchange. We continue to support this option.

The matter has since passed the Idaho State Senate and now goes before the Idaho House of Representatives. I’ll try to keep you posted here.

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