laioThe grassroots organization Reclaim Idaho began when a team of volunteers in Sandpoint launched the campaign to expand Medicaid. Their story is now the subject of a feature film, selected to premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
In 2011 many Republican-run states refused to expand Medicaid in protest of the Affordable Care Act. In Idaho that left an estimated 62,000 people without health insurance. Idaho legislators did nothing to address the issue.
In 2018, Emily and Garrett Strizich set out with a friend, driving from town to town, knocking on doors and collecting signatures. The result was something no one expected: Medicaid expansion would come to a vote for the very first time.
The festival begins on April 1 and will be held virtually. Anyone who wishes to watch the film online can purchase a ticket from the festival for $10.
Click here for tickets to the “Reclaim Idaho” premier and to receive details.
Reclaim Idaho organizers extend their deepest gratitude to everyone who was involved in that campaign, writer/director Laura Wing-Kamoosi and co-director Jim Kamoosi, and also to all who have joined the movement and helped make Reclaim Idaho what it is today.