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Gov. Little on COVID-19 in Idaho "Our numbers are way too high"

KBOI Boise logo KBOI Boise 10/17/2020 Ariana Pyper
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Governor Little hosted a statewide AARP telephone town hall to provide information and answer questions regarding Medicare and COVID-19 in Idaho.

Little teamed up with AARP and Director of the Idaho Department of Insurance, Dean Cameron.

Governor Little opened the meeting describing his experience with managing Coronavirus in the community.

"My life since March has been trying to strike a balance between health and safety and maintaining the capacity while not having the economy crash. Every day I get input from a variety of experts about what we need to do to continue to do that. Our numbers are way too high," Little said.

Little says he thinks the spike in cases could be caused by Labor Day celebrations, kids going back to school, and people starting to stay indoors.

"Our critical measurement is how do we preserve health care capacity. We have done incredible work, our health care team, our hospitals, our doctors all make sure we have the capacity," Little said.

Little says the community needs to be diligent in following the guidelines that will help keep the numbers down. 

"We got three or four communities in Idaho where we are in communication with them on a regular basis about the actions they need to take do to get those numbers down and that's going to continue," Little said.

Dean Cameron says the Idaho Department of Insurance had to figure out to operate differently at the start of COVID, and how to best provide for seniors.

Cameron says Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) is a helpline with advisors who help seniors pick their Medicare supplement program. Medicare open enrollment starts Oct. 15 and goes until Dec. 7.

Cameron said to remember the four C's when reviewing your plan: coverage, cost, convenience, and customer satisfaction.

To get ahold of SHIBA call 208-247-4422.

Tune into the next AARP town hall on October 27 from 12-1 p.m. The discussion will be about caregiving in the state and coronavirus updates.

You can watch the entire AARP town hall with Governor Little HERE.

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