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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 41
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HCR041................................................by HEALTH AND WELFARE
MEDICAID - Stating findings of the Legislature and urging the Idaho
Department of Health and Welfare to utilize certain Medicaid funds to help
Idahoans retain private health insurance coverage.
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]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]]
Fifty-ninth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2008
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 41
BY HEALTH AND WELFARE COMMITTEE
1 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
2 STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE AND URGING THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
3 AND WELFARE TO UTILIZE CERTAIN MEDICAID FUNDS TO HELP IDAHOANS RETAIN PRI-
4 VATE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE.
5 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 WHEREAS, improving and protecting the health of all Idahoans is a primary
7 issue and an important goal of the state; and
8 WHEREAS, promoting the availability of private health insurance to chil-
9 dren and families and to adults and their dependent spouses is necessary to
10 improve and protect the health of all Idahoans; and
11 WHEREAS, helping Idahoans maintain private health insurance coverage,
12 rather than relying on state Medicaid programs, is an important goal; and
13 WHEREAS, Idahoans desire to keep private health insurance coverage but
14 increasingly cannot afford the high cost of health insurance; and
15 WHEREAS, private health insurance coverage is more cost-effective for the
16 state than direct Medicaid programs; and
17 WHEREAS, increasing the availability of private health insurance coverage
18 provides economic relief to those health care providers who provide
19 uncompensated care; and
20 WHEREAS, the consensus of reform goals promotes employer-sponsored health
21 insurance for employees; and
22 WHEREAS, a combination of public and individual contributions to the cost
23 of coverage through premium payments may help encourage more individual
24 responsibility over health care choices and dissuade "crowding out" of private
25 coverage; and
26 WHEREAS, in light of rapidly rising health care costs, the state must con-
27 tinuously search for ways to make health care services affordable to low-in-
28 come individuals and families at as low a cost to the state as possible; and
29 WHEREAS, all Idahoans should have access to essential health services that
30 are affordable; and
31 WHEREAS, health insurance premium assistance builds on the employer-based
32 system, the principal mechanism for providing health insurance in the United
33 States; and
34 WHEREAS, health insurance premium assistance would enable all members of a
35 family to be covered in the same health plan.
36 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Second Regular Ses-
37 sion of the Fifty-ninth Idaho Legislature, the House of Representatives and
38 the Senate concurring therein, that the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
39 is urged to utilize appropriate portions of Medicaid Disproportionate Share
40 Hospital funds to help individuals of this state retain private health insur-
41 ance coverage.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This resolution urges the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
to use portions of the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital
funds to help individuals retain private health insurance.
No impact to the General Fund.
Name: Rep. Margaret Henbest
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE HCR 41