Idaho Health Care
In August 2007, the Governor Otter convened the Idaho Health Care Summit to evaluate Idaho's current health care system and recommend ways to make health care more affordable and accessible to Idahoans. One month later the Governor established the Governor's Select Committee on Health Care to evaluate the summit's recommendations, gather data, and provide additional recommendations based on its findings.
In 2008, the Select Committee on Health Care issued a report with recommendations that led to development of health care initiatives. Various workgroups and councils have contributed to development of Idaho's health care system. The following compilation of work documents displays the progress achieved and coordination efforts continuing in Idaho.
Idaho Health Care Summit
August 21-22, 2007
Governor Otter convened the Idaho Health Care Summit to evaluate Idaho's health care system. The Summit created an extensive list of recommendations, many of which the Governor's administration is executing and working toward today.
Governor's Select Committee on Health Care
September 28, 2007
Governor Otter established the Select Committee on Health Care to evaluate issues identified by the Idaho Health Care Summit. The Committee was charged with submitting its recommendations for his review.
"The Committee found that quality health care is available in Idaho, but that Idahoans have difficulty accessing it because of an inadequate delivery system, the high cost of coverage, and a shortage of health care professionals." (Select Committee on Health Care Report)
The Behavioral Health Transformation Workgroup
February 4, 2009
By setting up the Behavioral Health Transformation Workgroup, the Governor demonstrated his support for the Select Committee's recommendation to work collaboratively with government agencies, courts and communities to build a coordinated substance abuse and mental health system.
The Idaho Health Professions Education Council
February 26, 2009
One of the Select Committee's recommendations was to create a council to review issues related to a lack of health care professionals in the state. During the Governor's State of the State address, he announced that he would establish the Idaho Health Professions Education Council to address the State's shortages in all health care professions.
The Health Policy Implementation Committee
December 15, 2009
Upon sunset of the Select Committee on Health Care, the Governor convened the Health Policy Implementation Committee to ensure the Select Committee's top priorities were given proper leadership and accountability for implementation. This committee continued its work until the federal health care bill was passed in Congress. At that time a more comprehensive approach was adopted by creating the Idaho Health Care Council.
The Governor supported these top priorities:
- Covering Idaho's Children
- Expanding Medical Residency Opportunities
- Insurance Affordability and Accessibility
Idaho is not waiting for federal health care reform
March 5, 2010
The Governor wrote an opinion piece framing his frustration with the federal government's attempts to control health care.
"For 35 years now the federal government has been essentially running healthcare in America, masking market signals and supplanting the judgment of patients and physicians with the determinations of politicians, bureaucrats and lawyers. It should be no surprise that healthcare became 'health management," people became statistics, and the fear of liability became the biggest expense of all." Governor Otter
The Governor's Idaho Health Care Council
December 14, 2010
The Governor established the Idaho Health Care Council to continue the work of the previously established committees, as well as to provide some context for the emerging demands related to the statutory requirements of the Affordable Care Act passed by Congress.
The Behavioral Health Interagency Cooperative
January 27, 2011
With the sunset of the Behavioral Health Transformation Workgroup and its subsequent recommendations to the Governor, the Behavioral Health Interagency Cooperative was given responsibility for implementing changes to the behavioral health system, which includes mental health and substance abuse needs.
Work of the Idaho Health Care Council
June 29-30, 2011
All of the established workgroups of the Idaho Health Care Council convened to present the work product of the individual groups and to discuss ways they could initiate improvements to Idaho's system of health care. The two-day seminar included a variety of workshops which can be viewed here.
Current topics related to health care
Read three of the Governor's 2011 editorials
Idaho Alzheimer's Planning Group homepage
Health Insurance Exchange Workgroup
July 13, 2012
The Governor convened an insurance exchange workgroup to study the merits of establishing a state-based insurance exchange.
With support from the workgroup, the Governor recommended implementation and the Legislature passed HB 248 enabling the state to proceed.
The exchange board was established by the Governor and the staff of Your Health Idaho began setting up the exchange in May 2013.
Read minutes, presentations and reports of the Health Insurance Exchange Workgroup .
Idaho Health Insurance Exchange
The Idaho Legislature and Governor Otter create a state-based insurance exchange
Your Health Idaho
Your Health Idaho is the official Idaho Health Insurance Exchange website. This website can be used to make important decisions for you and your family. Your Health Idaho will provide many opportunities for uninsured Idahoans to have access to health insurance
Read a message from Governor Otter about Your Health Idaho
State Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP)
Healthcare in Idaho continued to evolve in 2013 with expansion of the Governor’s Medical Home Collaborative. Stakeholders also engaged in creating theStatewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP), designed as a model of care that moves Idaho’s healthcare delivery system from a fee-for-service, volume-based system to a value-based model of care focused on improved outcomes for patient health.
Read about the Idaho SHIP Project
Watch a video about the Idaho SHIP Project
Work of the Idaho Health Care Council
October 29, 2013
All of the established workgroups of the Idaho Health Care Council convened to present the work product of the individual groups and to discuss ways they could initiate improvements to Idaho's system of health care. The seminar included a variety of workshops which can be viewed here.
Establishment of the Idaho Health Care Council
The Idaho Healthcare Coalition includes a broad base of stakeholders and was established to implement the State Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP). The Coalition's members are tasked with transforming the state's healthcare system through implementation of effective care coordination between primary care providers practiing patient - centered care, and the broader medical neighborhoods of specialist, hospitals, behavioral health professionals, long-term care providers and other ancillary services. Read the Idaho Healthcare Coalition Executive Order
Work of the Idaho Health Care Council
During the 2014 Legislative session, Senate Bill 1352 passed and received funding to establish the state’s first crisis center. The Behavioral Health Crisis Center of Eastern Idaho opened in early December in Idaho Falls with the goal of aiding individuals, families, law enforcement and hospital emergency departments as they deal with patients suffering from substance abuse and mental health crises. Read Senate Bill 1352 Read about the goals of the Coalition.
Report from the Idaho Health Professions Education Care Council
The IHPEC was created by executive order from Governor Otter in February, 2009. The Council began meeting in March, 2009, and produced its first report to the Governor in June, 2010. Makeup of the council is representative of healthcare organizations, Idaho colleges and universities, and the public at large. There are currently eleven members on the council. The charge to this group is to: • Conduct health workforce analyses; • Assess Idaho’s capacity for training healthcare professionals; • Advise the Governor and legislators on healthcare workforce issues; • Develop healthcare workforce objectives for the State of Idaho and provide policy recommendations for achieving the objectives; • Recommend strategies to address healthcare provider shortages in rural locations; • Develop strategies to increase public/private partnerships to increase the healthcare providers for Idaho. • Collaborate with the State Health Innovation Plan to ensure that SHIP activities align with the Council’s workforce development strategies. (per 2013 Governor’s report and Executive Order 2014-02 Establishing the Health Care Coalition) The Idaho Health Professions Education Council (IHPEC) met twice in 2014 and this report also incorporates the first meeting of the council in 2015. The IHPEC continued its review of information concerning the recruitment, training, and education of the healthcare workforce in Idaho. In doing so, IHPEC arranged meetings and listened to presentations with representatives of educational programs and agencies.