Stories tagged: health care reform
UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017, 3:32 p.m.
Trump’s ‘Obamacare’ fixes don’t impress insurers
The Trump administration released limited fixes Thursday for shaky health insurance markets, but insurers quickly said those actions won’t guarantee stability for millions of consumers now covered. The industry is …
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 7:35 a.m.
John Webster: Death rates among uneducated whites on the rise due to ‘despair’
As Republicans tried to repeal coverage for mental health and substance abuse, a Princeton research paper exposed a worsening death rate from suicide and drugs among white, poorly educated Americans.
UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:18 p.m.
Idaho Senate kills $10 million plan to pay for care for those who can’t afford insurance
A proposal to spend $10 million next year to provide health care to 15,000 of the most chronically ill members of Idaho’s health coverage gap population failed in the Idaho …
UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 10:11 p.m.
Trump OKs changes in GOP health care bill, winning support
President Donald Trump agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to the House Republican health care bill Friday, bolstering the measure with support from some conservative lawmakers but leaving its prospects …
UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 11:07 p.m.
Idaho Senate debates, rejects Medicaid expansion
The Idaho Senate debated and rejected Medicaid expansion on Thursday, as Senate Democrats pushed the plan in an amendment.
UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017, 7:57 p.m.
Idaho Senate panel approves $10 million health gap bill
A $10 million program designed to provide some health care services to a small portion of those who fall into Idaho’s health coverage gap cleared a Senate committee on Thursday …
UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
GOP pushes health bill through panels in marathon sessions
WASHINGTON – Determined House Republicans won early victories Thursday on divisive legislation to undo former President Barack Obama’s health care law, winning approval in key committees after marathon all-night sessions …
Thu., March 9, 2017, midnight
Dana Milbank: GOP under siege for health-care plan
Democrats panned it because it’s a cheap knockoff of Obamacare. Many Republicans panned it for the same reason.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 3:45 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers introduce $10 million health-gap bill
An Idaho House committee voted unanimously Monday to introduce legislation to launch a new state Health Care Assistance Program, which would tap the state’s Millennium Fund for $10 million next …
Tue., Nov. 22, 2016, 11:12 a.m.
Idaho legislative panel calls for closing health coverage gap, but no agreement on how
A legislative working group that held months of meetings and hearings voted unanimously on Tuesday to call for the 2017 Idaho Legislature to take action to address the state’s health …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 1:55 p.m.
Legislative leaders say Idaho’s work to close health coverage gap isn’t ending
The work of examining alternatives to close Idaho’s health coverage gap isn’t over.
Mon., Oct. 24, 2016, 3:52 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers optimistic about closing coverage gap
Idaho lawmakers on a special committee examining options for addressing the state’s health coverage gap met most of the day Monday without reaching any consensus, but the panel’s co-chairs say …
Mon., Aug. 29, 2016, 5:21 p.m.
Some Idaho lawmakers remain unconvinced about Medicaid expansion
Even after months of hearings, overwhelmingly positive public comments and stacks of statistics showing Idaho would save millions, some state lawmakers remain reluctant to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds to …
Fri., June 17, 2016, 10:40 a.m.
Idaho health coverage gap can be closed, lawmakers believe
Idaho’s top House and Senate leaders expressed optimism Friday that a new legislative panel can help state lawmakers resolve their differences and find a way to cover the 78,000 Idahoans …
Mon., March 28, 2016, 2:05 p.m.
Otter: No special session on health care, will work with lawmakers for next year
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter said Monday that he was “a little disappointed” state lawmakers took no action to close the state’s health coverage gap, but said he won’t call a …
Fri., March 25, 2016, 1:31 p.m.
Idaho lawmakers adjourn without addressing health care coverage gap
The Idaho House shot down a health care bill on a party-line vote Friday and adjourned, leaving the state’s health care coverage gap unaddressed for another year.
Thu., March 24, 2016, 5:33 p.m.
Health coverage gap dominates final days of Idaho legislative session
There were dramatic developments in the Idaho Legislature on what had been scheduled to be the session’s last day Thursday, as a Senate panel rejected a House bill to spend …
Sun., March 20, 2016, 4 a.m.
Eye on Boise: Lawmaker’s anti-Sharia bill draws fire
North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman’s anti-Sharia law bill drew lots of negative comments at a public hearing last week; it’s now awaiting amendments and its fate is uncertain.
Thu., March 17, 2016, 1:37 p.m.
Idaho senator will give up state-paid health insurance until Legislature provides coverage for others
Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician who’s ardently advocated for expanding Idaho’s Medicaid program, announced Thursday that he’s giving up his state-paid health insurance because the state provides no coverage …
Fri., Jan. 22, 2016, 11:13 a.m.
Expanded Medicaid in Idaho promoted in physician’s bills
Two bills to expand Medicaid in Idaho were introduced in the Idaho Senate on Friday, both as personal bills filed by Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician.
Fri., Jan. 15, 2016, 11:17 a.m.
Idaho sees health care savings due to state exchange
Lawmakers got proof Friday that Idaho’s state health insurance exchange is working, as they collected savings from the state’s Catastrophic Health Care program budget of nearly $29 million.
Sun., Nov. 30, 2014, midnight
Smart Bombs: Benghazi ‘scandal’ on hiatus
As you may have heard – though probably not on Fox News – the House Intelligence Committee, run by Republicans, recently released a report that turns the Benghazi “bombshells” into …
Tue., July 29, 2014, midnight
Health care exchange glitches a mystery, official says
OLYMPIA – Thousands of customers of Washington’s health care exchange have problems with the new medical insurance they’ve purchased this year, problems the state agency hopes to have fixed by …
Tue., June 24, 2014, midnight
Patient injuries, infections lead to Medicare sanctions
During a hernia operation, Dorothea Handron’s surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel. It took five days for doctors to determine she had an infection. By the time they operated on her …
Thu., April 24, 2014, midnight
Washington state enrolls more than 600,000 for health coverage
SEATTLE – More than 600,000 Washington residents have obtained new health insurance coverage through the state’s health care exchange, state officials announced Wednesday. Gov. Jay Inslee, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray …
Wed., April 23, 2014, midnight
Washington state finalizing health insurance plan rules
OLYMPIA – Washington state will soon adopt new rules for next year’s medical insurance plans that some believe will improve patient coverage, but others contend will create significant problems for …
Tue., March 25, 2014, midnight
Group Health drops workplace health coverage for individual plans
Self-employed and working three jobs, Tim Ray expects his health insurance to protect him all day long – not just on nights and weekends. So he was surprised to learn …
Fri., March 21, 2014, midnight
Communication among ERs result in lower costs
Washington’s hospitals saved money and improved care during the past year by discouraging the overuse of emergency rooms. So says a report released Thursday by hospitals, physicians and the state …
Sun., March 16, 2014, midnight
Health care reform enters phase 2
Now that Americans by the hundreds of thousands are signing up for health insurance coverage, reformers are moving on. They want high health care prices to be disclosed and driven …
Wed., March 12, 2014, midnight
Health insurance sign-up deadline nears
Time is running out to purchase subsidized health insurance for 2014. March 31 is the nationwide enrollment deadline for private health plans. With people continuing to sign up in large …