Medicaid expansion gives coverage to our families, friends

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Megan Blanksma, R-Hammett, (District 23 — a huge district in the southwest corner of Idaho) published an op-ed claiming that Medicaid expansion would take health insurance away from 15,000 Idahoans. But Idaho’s private insurance exchange says that you can decline Medicaid coverage and enroll with Your Health Idaho. However, you will not be eligible for any type of cost savings and will be expected to pay your full monthly premium, deductible, and any co-pays.*

This means that people who qualify for Medicaid have a choice of whether to go with free Medicaid or buy private insurance. Who could ask for more?

Forty-two thousand Idahoans were enrolled in expanded Medicaid in November. A friend of mine stopped me the other day to tell me that her son, who lost his coverage on his parent’s policy when he turned 27 last year, qualified for Medicaid. She was intensely grateful to Reclaim Idaho for passing the expansion, because neither she nor her son could afford to purchase private insurance without an Obamacare subsidy. Neither made enough money to qualify for a subsidy.

Do you know anyone who is losing their coverage? If so, please let them know they have a choice.

Medicaid expansion expands coverage to our families and our friends. Don’t let anyone tell you any different.

NANCY GERTH Sagle

* yourhealthidaho.org/medicaid-expansion/#1564612029334-f312f303-8ff4

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