Our Mission

To be a leading resource for employer-sponsored health benefit plans in Idaho through education, collaboration and advocacy.

 

 

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June 1, 2016

 

Sweet ‘16, the Year of Positive Impact 

The Employers’ Health Coalition of Idaho continues to have a positive impact on healthcare in Idaho. In the last year we discussed narrow but relevant topics like spousal surcharges, mental health benefits, HSA as full-replacement plans, and 1095 reporting.  Broader educational topics included state and national legislative updates, runaway pharmacy costs and how to control them, the emerging field of telemedicine and trying to answer the never-ending question of the value of wellness programs.  The coalition also stayed involved in advocacy with presentations from the state-based exchange, YourHealthIdaho, on employer reporting and the Director of Health & Welfare on possible solutions for people in the “gap”.  In a collaborative effort, the State Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) completed a preliminary plan to involve self-funded groups and EHCI was there.

EHCI success is based upon the volunteer efforts of the members.  During the most recent EHCI, elections it was satisfying to see several new individuals step up to replace board and committee seats for past members.  To those who served, thank you for your investment in making EHCI successful.  To the new members in leadership positions, we look forward to seeing where EHCI can go in the new year.  For those who are considering joining EHCI, please do so today so you can reap the benefits of the rich collaboration between employers dedicated to making a difference in Idaho healthcare.

Respectfully,

Norm Varin

Chairman 2016-2017