COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Luke Mayville, co-founder of Reclaim Idaho is taking his green Medicaid Mobile the entire length of the state of Idaho. His goal, spread awareness about the 78,000 Idaho residents he says fall into the Medicaid gap--earning enough to not qualify for Medicaid, but not making enough to make healthcare affordable.
His approach, disconnecting from any single political party when discussing healthcare.
In Coeur d'Alene he was greeted to a crowd of several dozen activists and passerby's interested to learn more about Medicaid in Idaho.
"I'm here for Idaho," said Della Munnich. "I'm here for healthcare for Idaho."
Many in the crowd appreciated his non-partisan approach.
"It doesn't just affect republicans," said Donna Blaine, "it doesn't just affects democrats or independents, it affects everyone."
Mayville's fix to the Medicaid gap, expanding Medicaid in Idaho, which doesn't seem to be popular amongst state legislators or Idaho's elected federal representatives.
Though allowed under the Affordable Care Act, the state legislators voted to not expand Medicaid in the state. Idaho's senators have also voted against the ACA, a fact not lost on Scott Burke, a mental healthcare professional.
"I've seen a lot of people that needed help," Burke says. "I've seen a lot of people that needed something both when it was there and when it wasn't there."
Burke says the issue hits home in more ways than one. He himself counts himself amongst the 78,000 Idaho residents that fall into the Medicaid gap.
Luke Mayville says its all about getting the voices of people who need Medicaid, heard and hopes to gather support to get politicians to align on healthcare in the 2018 elections.
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