Boise Weekly has not failed to notice this, and is happy to launch this first edition of Be Healthy Boise--a special publication dedicated to exploring a range of topics related to health care in general, and health care in Boise, specifically.
We're planning to publish this special section once a year to start. In the 2014 installment, you'll find an in-depth examination of the beating heart of the current health care conversation: the Affordable Care Act.
As the ACA rolls out, questions abound: What kind of coverage is available? How much will cost? How do I even sign up? BW News Editor George Prentice tackled these questions head-on, spending time with the folks who are manning the phones at the Idaho Health Exchange and seeking answers straight from the source.
Beyond the nitty-gritty of changing health care policies, the inaugural Be Healthy Boise also explores topics like complementary care--specifically, services like chiropractic for children and pregnant women--and how to manage the frontline of your health: diet.
In keeping with that central health care question ("How do I pay for this?"), we also check in with a local practitioner who has gone his own way in the face of the national insurance mandate: only accepting cash for services at his practice. Finally, we all know the Shriners from their unique red fez headgear and, in Boise, the organization has enjoyed a higher profile in recent years because of its gracious offer of the El Korah Shrine as a venue at the Treefort Music Fest. Less known, however, is the not-for-profit organization's mission to help children receive care for everything from injuries to congenital ailments like club foot.
There are countless facets to our health care--as unique as ourselves--and we hope you enjoy exploring them with us in this, and future, installments of Be Healthy Boise.