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The Affordable Care Act and rural health care in Idaho


Without a doubt, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA, has had a significant impact on Idaho's health care system. It is well-documented that the primary goal of the ACA is to significantly decrease the number of uninsured. As a result, most of Idaho's businesses are now required to provide health insurance for their full-time employees or face significant penalties. Many individuals have enrolled for insurance on Idaho's health insurance exchange established under the ACA and Idaho law. The natural consequence of reducing the number of uninsured in Idaho is that more Idahoans will seek the services of primary care providers, mainly those physicians who specialize in family practice or internal medicine. That increased demand for primary care may well exacerbate the problems created by the well-documented shortage of physicians in Idaho. more

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