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State suspends payments to hospitals

The Idaho Department of Health & Welfare is suspending payments to hospitals this week due to a budget crunch, the Twin Falls Times-News reported over the weekend; you can read their full story here. The suspension, which just puts off paying bills that still must be paid, comes because of a surge in Medicaid patients, the department says – one that wasn't anticipated in this year's budget.

Disabled Idahoans appeal cuts

More than 100 disabled Idahoans and their caregivers, who say state budget cuts could force them out of certified family home care and into costlier institutions, gathered at the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare yesterday to press appeals over the cuts; a hearing officer likely will rule in July on whether the appeals should proceed administratively or go to federal court. The cuts, ordered last year in the Aid for the Aged, Blind and Disabled cash-assistance program, affected 2,000 people, 1,400 of whom lost coverage for their living expenses altogether and another 600 of whom had their payments reduced. Click below for a full report from AP reporter Rebecca Boone.

H&W layoffs draw age discrimination lawsuit

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is being sued by five former workers who say they were laid off because they were closer to retirement and had higher wages than their colleagues. The workers, all from north-central Idaho and eastern Washington, filed the age discrimination lawsuit in Lewiston, Idaho's 2nd District Court. The Lewiston Tribune reports that the workers say they were among 126 employees laid off last year amid budget cuts and office closures around the state, and that the department selected older employees for the layoffs. Juanita Hatke, Judi Lupinacci and Candace Maurer of Lewiston, Patricia Wilkinson of Kamiah and Barbara Swearingen of Clarkston, Wash. are asking for damages in an amount to be proven at trial. They are represented by Lewiston attorney Scott Chapman.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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