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Click on the arrows below to view the Governor's interactive timeline to access Executive Orders, reports, videos and additional media.


Each page of the timeline provides information on what Governor Otter has done to encourage accessible and affordable health care in Idaho.



Governor Otter's Healthcare Timeline

  • 2007 2007

    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.

  • August 2007 August 2007

    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.

    Read the Summit's reccomendations to the Governor

  • September 2007 September 2007

    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.

    Read the Executive Order that created the Committee

    "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)

    Read the 2008 report

  • February 2009 February 2009

    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.


    - Read the Executive Order that created the committee

    - Read the committee's final report

  • February 2009 February 2009

    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.


    - Read the Council's responsibilities in the Executive Order

    - Read the committee's current report

  • December 2009 December 2009

    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.

    Read the Executive Order that established the Health Policy Implementation Committee.

    The Governor supported these top priorities:

    - Covering Idaho's Children
    - Expanding Medical Residency Opportunities
    - Developing Patient Centered Medical Homes
    - The Idaho Health Data Exchange
    - Insurance Affordability and Accessibility

    Read objectives for the Implementation Committee.

  • March 2010 March 2010

    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

    - Read the Governor's press release

    - Read an article by Colleen Lamay from the Idaho Statesman about Governor Otter's progress for his health care priorities.

  • December 2010 December 2010

    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.


    - Read the Executive Order that created the Idaho Health Care Council

    - Read the flow chart to view the work groups of the council and its participants

    - Read about the Council's vision statement and guiding principles


    Visit the Idaho Health Care Council's Website

  • January 2011 January 2011

    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.


    - Read the Executive Order creating the Behavioral Health Interagency Cooperative

    - Read the most recent report from the Behavioral Health Interagency Cooperative

    - Read the current report from the Suicide Prevention Council

    - Read Idaho's Suicide Prevention Plan


    Learn more about Idaho mental health services.

  • June 2011 June 2011

    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.


    Read the results of the June meeting.

  • 2011 2011

    Current topics related to health care



    Read three of the Governor's 2011 editorials

    - Prohibiting state agencies from implementing Obamacare - April 20, 2011

    - Medicaid reform - June 28, 2011

    - Insurance Exchanges - December 29, 2011



    Read a summary of the actions taken from 2007 - 2011 regarding original recommendations of the Governor's Select Committee on Health Care.


    Idaho Alzheimer's Planning Group homepage
  • July 2012 July 2012

    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 .

  • 2013 2013

    Idaho Health Insurance Exchange



    The Idaho Legislature and Governor Otter create a state-based insurance exchange

    - State-based insurance exchange preserves our options - March 1, 2013

    - Health insurance exchange board members - April 10, 2013

    - Implementing State Insuance Exchange required moving quickly - May 23, 2013

    - Moving past challenges - October 30, 2013


  • August 2013 August 2013

    Your Health Idaho


    August 2013



    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


  • April 2013 April 2013

    State Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP)


    April 2013



    Healthcare in Idaho continued to evolve in 2013 with expansion of the Governorís Medical Home Collaborative. Stakeholders also engaged in creating theStatewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP), designed as a model of care that moves Idahoís 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


  • October 2013 October 2013

    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.


    Read the results of the October meeting.

  • April 2014 April 2014

    Establishment of the Idaho Health Care Coalition


    April 2014



    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 practicing patient - centered care, and the broader medical neighborhoods of specialists, hospitals, behavioral health professionals, long-term care providers and other ancillary services. Read the Idaho Healthcare Coalition Executive Order

  • March 2014

    Establishment of Community Behavioral Health Crisis Centers



    With the Governorís support, the Legislature in 2014 passed Senate Bill 1352 establishing the Stateís first Behavioral Health Crisis Center. The intent of establishing a community-run crisis center is to aid individuals, families, law enforcement and hospital emergency departments with an immediate and coordinated effort to manage patients suffering from a behavioral health crisis.

  • January 2015

    Healthcare Developments Flourish Throughout Idaho



    With the success of the first Behavioral Health Crisis Center in Idaho Falls, funding was provided for a second center in Coeur díAlene.

    Stakeholders participating in development of the State Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP), begin recruiting 55 clinics and physicians to voluntarily reform their medical practices by incorporating a patient-centered, outcomes-based model of healthcare to treat chronically ill patients.

  • March 2016 March 2016

    Private Osteopathic Medical School Chooses Idaho



    Governor Otter facilitates establishment of a privately run osteopathic physician medical school in Meridian in cooperation with Idaho State University. Read more from the Idaho Statesman here.

    Additionally two more community crisis centers receive funding from the Governor and the Legislature, one facility for Twin Falls and one for Boise.

  • June 2017

    Governor's Health Care Advisory Panel (HCAP)



    Governor Otter appointed retiring Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong to lead an advisory panel of industry professionals that will review any new federal or State health-care initiatives. Read the Governor's Executive Order.


    The purpose of the panel is to advise the Governor and legislators on the applicability of new federal and state health care initiatives, as well as to participate in the development of health care policy strategies.


    Here is a list of the members on the Governor's Health Advisory Panel.