Former Idaho legislator Wendy Jaquet of Ketchum was approved on Wednesday by the state Senate Health and Welfare Committee to be a member of the Idaho Board of Health and Welfare, and could be confirmed by the full Senate next week.
Jaquet would be one of 11 members on the board, which has the power to adopt, amend or repeal rules and standards of the Department of Health and Welfare. The board also oversees Medicaid, public health services, behavioral health services, family and community services, welfare, operations of the Department of Health and Welfare, information and technology used by the department and the licensing and certification division.
Jaquet was recommended for the position by Lt. Gov. Brad Little, who passed her name on to Gov. Butch Otter last year after speaking with her regarding serving on a different board. Otter appointed Jaquet to the Health and Welfare Board earlier this year, but the state Constitution requires the Senate to confirm all gubernatorial appointments. Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, is expected to carry the appointment to the Senate floor early next week.
Seven of the board’s current members were appointed by Otter.
Jaquet served on the House Health and Welfare Committee when she was representing District 25 in the Legislature and served on former Gov. Phil Batt’s Medicaid Reform Committee in 1996. Her legislative experience includes serving on a multitude of health-related interim committees, including committees related to welfare reform, mental health and domestic abuse, teen pregnancy and the cigarette tax, the proceeds of which would have gone toward tobacco use prevention.
Jaquet also served on the Health and Welfare Subcommittee of the Legislature’s Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee. She said in a statement Wednesday that this experience, as well as her other Health and Welfare-related work, makes her qualified for the position.
“Over the years, I have helped constituents with issues coming before the department, and I’m very familiar with much of the department’s mission,” she said.
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