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Mom-In at Idaho Sen. Crapo's Office Keeps Heat on Healthcare Bill

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- Lindsay Nothern (center), communications director for Sen. Mike Crapo, listens as mothers tell stories about their children and healthcare. -  - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Lindsay Nothern (center), communications director for Sen. Mike Crapo, listens as mothers tell stories about their children and healthcare.
Mothers and children filed into a conference room at the offices of U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo and placed dozens of boxes of cookies, donuts, pastries and cartons of milk on the table in the middle of the room. The mothers were staging a "mom-in" to request Sen. Crapo to hold a town hall meeting about a controversial Senate healthcare bill that could affect thousands of Idahoans.

"We see other senators taking a stand for their states," said Boise Moms for a Brighter Future organizer Melanie Folwell.

Her group is concerned about the Better Care Reconciliation Act. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would reduce the number of insured Americans by 22 million by 2026 and cut Medicaid spending by 26 percent—much of which funds healthcare for children. It would have a dire effect on the 40 percent of Idaho children on Medicaid and CHIP.

One mom-in attendee, Liz Freeman, is a single parent with an autistic son, whose counseling and speech therapy are paid by Medicaid. Freeman said her son would be adrift without support from the program.

"If we didn't have Medicaid, we couldn't get him the help that he needs," Freeman said. "Without those services, he would digress so much."


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