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MONDAY, JAN. 15, 2018


Russ Barron, director of the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, addresses JFAC on Monday morning, Jan. 15, 2018, along with Deputy Director Lori Wolff, left, and state Insurance Director Dean Cameron, right. (Betsy Z. Russell)

A deep dive into the Idaho Health Care Plan...

Members of the Legislature’s joint budget committee took a deep dive into the Idaho Health Care Plan this morning at a special hearing, hearing from state Insurance Director Dean Cameron, Health & Welfare Director Russ Barron, and H&W Deputy Director Lori Wolff. The plan calls...

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MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2018

FRIDAY, JAN. 5, 2018


Ahlquist campaign rips health care executive order

Tommy Ahlquist’s campaign is disparaging the executive order issued by Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little today on health care, suggesting it’s a campaign stunt. Here’s the campaign’s statement, from campaign manager David Johnston: “Sadly, this is just the latest example of Boise’s...

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MONDAY, DEC. 18, 2017

SUNDAY, DEC. 10, 2017

A public comment session on the Idaho Health Care Plan waiver proposal drew an overflow crowd in Boise on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, as did a session Friday in Pocatello. Public comments next will be gathered in Coeur d’Alene. (Idaho Voices for Children)

Public input sessions draw support for health care waiver plan

Idaho’s latest plan to address the state’s health coverage gap will be addressed in two public sessions in Coeur d’Alene Monday and Tuesday; sessions in Boise and Pocatello on the Idaho Health Care Plan have drawn overflow crowds. The proposal calls for the state to seek waivers from the federal government to allow a portion of those now fall in...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 2017

FRIDAY, OCT. 13, 2017


MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2017

The statue of the Angel Moroni is seen under smoky skies in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. The heavy smoke that had set in over Idaho Falls from fires across the state has somewhat abated, thanks to the past week’s rainfall and cooler temperatures. (John Roark / AP)

Idaho breathing easier now on fire bills

Although the fire season seemed downright awful, with heavy smoke choking much of the state, Idaho is coming out of it without any pressing bills. Also, Ahlquist goes on tour; and Idaho group raises concerns about Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill; my full Sunday column

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 22, 2017

Otter, state officials wary on health care overhaul 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says he had too many concerns about the latest GOP effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law to join other Republican governors in a letter backing the bill. Earlier this week, 15 GOP governors sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, writing that they...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2017

THURSDAY, SEPT. 14, 2017

THURSDAY, AUG. 24, 2017

Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, fields a question from Amber LaBelle of Garden City during a small business event in downtown Boise on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Risch: Health care changes must be bipartisan 23 

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch declared Thursday that health care reform can’t succeed with just one party backing it, saying it must be bipartisan. Risch, a conservative Republican, said no major social program in American history has succeeded with just one party backing it, and he said that’s at the root of problems with Obamacare, which he called...

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MONDAY, JULY 31, 2017

FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017


TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 24, 2017

THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017

MONDAY, JULY 17, 2017

FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017

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