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Idaho Doctor Says Protecting The Affordable Care Act During The Pandemic Is Essential

Stethescope, Health Care, Doctor, Medical
Emilie Ritter Saunders
Boise State Public Radio

The Affordable Care Act is back in the news. As the Supreme Court once again considers the Obama-era healthcare law, we wanted to check in with one of the people who helped shape the policy. Dr. Ted Epperly traveled back and forth between Boise and Washington D.C. ahead of the 2010 passage of “Obamacare.” 

Now, as the country staggers through a global pandemic, Epperly serves on the board of the Central District Health Department, which covers Ada, Elmore, Boise and Valley Counties.

Our Morning Edition host George Prentice spoke with Dr. Epperly earlier this week. Since their interview, the health department is preparing to vote on a new set of restrictions aimed at curbing the exponential growth of COVID-19. that vote will take place Friday. 

As COVID-19 cases spread through the U.S. and Idaho, we’re committed to keeping you updated and informed. You can get updated info on cases, closures and how to stay healthy at any time on our Coronavirus news blog.

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George Prentice has been honored for his decades-long career in broadcast and print journalism. As news editor of Boise Weekly, he won multiple awards for his investigative reporting and took home top prizes in the fields of crime/courts, environmental, health, religion and feature reporting.
Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!