“The Week that Was…”

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Education Week at the Capitol is always a pivotal time not just for the legislature, but the entire state. The presidents of Idaho’s major universities and community colleges made the rounds this week, seeking investments that will help produce the skilled-workforce Idaho so desperately needs. Advocates for increasing the number of Medical Residencies in the state were also making their case this week. Idaho is in the middle of a serious doctor shortage. One way to fix that is to grow the number of doctors who do their residencies in the state – particularly in rural areas. Studies show an overwhelming number of doctors set up shop near where they complete their residencies.

Idahoans approved Medicaid Expansion overwhelmingly. This week, we took the first step toward executing the will of the people. By a 6-4 vote, members of the Millennium Fund Committee recommended nearly $12 million be allocated from Tobacco Settlement funds to get Medicaid Expansion off the ground in 2020.For the full story, pick up a copy of the Mountain Home News or click on this link to subscribe to the newspaper's online edition.