Advocacy & Policy
IHA brings voice, value and visibility to the legislative and congressional arenas to ensure quality healthcare for Idahoans. As a trusted and credible resource on healthcare, IHA advocates for policies that improve access and quality.
We strive to provide legislators and lawmakers with the critical data and information they need to make informed decisions on local healthcare affecting their constituents.
Key Legislative Efforts
Funding and sideboards for the voter passed Medicaid Expansion will be a key issue for the Legislature this year. As of mid-March many hours of testimony have been heard by House and Senate committees nearly unanimously in support of passing “clean” Medicaid Expansion. While Gov. Little proposed and JFAC (the joint funding committee of the Legislature) passed a budget for expansion, there are still many trying to circumvent the will of the voters. Sideboards are being proposed, most of which in IHA’s view would eliminate people from the option of Medicaid or would create expensive bureaucratic red tape. For the latest on Medicaid Expansion, visit our News articles
IHA is negotiating with the Idaho Association of Counties and others about practices which have prisoners in city or county jail being furloughed to seek medical care at community hospitals then taken back into custody. This is often leaving the costs of that care on the hospital’s doorstep as opposed to being the responsibility of the local sheriff.
Notes & News
State of Idaho
Brian Whitlock – President/CEO
Toni Lawson – Vice President, Government Relations