On The Monday, July 15, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jul 12, 2019
  • Health care providers prepare for Medicaid Expansion.
  • Helping kids get healthy in Idaho.
  • Children with special needs get a helping hand in the Magic Valley.
  • Idaho fantasy author goes to Comic Con.

-The state of Idaho is still working to implement voter-approved Medicaid Expansion. The debate over expansion has been front and center in the public eye this year. But behind the scenes, health care providers around the state are preparing for the influx of patients, once thousands more people are eligible for Medicaid. We find out how one hospital system is getting ready.

-The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation says one of every three children in Idaho is overweight or obese, which can lead to health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. To help stop those risks, the Foundation gives out Community Transformation Grants to Idaho communities to provide access to physical activity and healthy, affordable foods. Gemma Gaudette takes a look at the program.

-Children with special needs in the Magic Valley have a place to turn when they need special equipment, therapy, travel assistance or family counseling. Since 2006, St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation has helped more than 400 kids with speech therapy, physical therapy, equipment and hippotherapy. Idaho Matters finds out more about this special program.

-Comic Con is a multi-day event that will bring thousands of fans to San Diego this week. To be asked to be a speaker is a high honor and this year Treasure Valley author Devri Walls has been asked to talk about how she creates fantastic villains in her books. Idaho Matters talks to Devri about Comic Con and about how her fantasy book characters deal with real-life problems.