Stories tagged: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:27 p.m.
Idaho’s $70 million Medicaid transport contract to end early after disputes
A controversial $70 million state contract to drive Idaho Medicaid patients to non-emergency doctor and therapy appointments will end early, amid disputes between the state and the provider, Veyo, about …
Wed., July 12, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Idaho investigating abuse allegations at state-run home for disabled
Idaho’s welfare agency is investigating allegations that staffers physically and psychologically abused and neglected some residents at a state-run treatment center for people with severe disabilities.
UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 6:56 p.m.
Felon who lived 17 years in North Idaho under assumed name pleads guilty to gun charge
A former fugitive from Florida, who lived nearly 17 years under an assumed name in a hamlet north of Sandpoint, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felon in possession of firearms.
Wed., March 15, 2017, 7:31 a.m.
Idaho agency to face scrutiny this summer
Ongoing concerns about the Department of Health and Welfare’s licensing and certifying process sparked a request for an in-depth legislative study this summer. The proposal stemmed from the department’s decision …
UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:43 p.m.
Idaho reports most flu deaths since 2000
The current flu season is the worst in nearly two decades in Idaho, with 47 flu deaths reported statewide.
Thu., Dec. 24, 2015
Editorial: Pending reimbursement cuts put disabled at risk
Reversion to 2006 reimbursement rates could drive many in-home care providers out of the market.
Sun., June 14, 2015
Idaho settles children’s mental health lawsuit that spanned 35 years
BOISE – After 18 months of negotiations, Idaho has agreed to settle the long-running Jeff D. lawsuit over children’s mental health services in the state, committing to remake its system …
Wed., April 29, 2015
CdA mental health crisis center should open soon, official says
An Idaho Department of Health and Welfare official said he expects a mental health crisis center to open its doors in Coeur d’Alene within six months. “Everyone involved would like …
Fri., March 6, 2015
Idaho Medicaid dispute may force clinic to close
Without the many hours he spent sitting inside a submarine-like oxygen chamber in Spokane Valley, North Idaho resident Nick Maniscalco doubts his long recovery from a traumatic brain injury would …
Tue., Jan. 27, 2015
Flu kills 14 in region; precautions urged
The flu has put 249 people into Spokane hospitals and is blamed for 10 deaths this season – including four in the past week. The numbers are higher than last …
Mon., Jan. 26, 2015, 10:14 a.m.
Spike in Idaho flu deaths prompts warning
Sixteen people in Idaho have died from influenza as of Jan. 22, up from three deaths on Jan. 8. The spike in fatal cases has prompted state health officials to …
Wed., Jan. 21, 2015
Health facility inspectors overworked, Idaho budget committee told
BOISE – The Idaho agency responsible for investigating complaints against hospitals and nursing homes has a backlog of 135 cases. “We’re barely avoiding financial penalties for our ability to meet …
Tue., Jan. 15, 2013
Senator backs paying foster parents more
BOISE – Conservative North Idaho Sen. Steve Vick has only been on the Legislature’s joint committee for a week, but on Monday he said he saw a budget request that …
Sat., Jan. 12, 2013
Flu on rise in area after East hit hard
As influenza sweeps the nation, local health officials are bracing for the season’s peak to hit the Inland Northwest. While most of the nation is seeing elevated flu activity, the …
Thu., Sept. 1, 2011
Nurse program expands to Idaho
A program proven to improve the lives of low-income, first-time mothers and their babies will be offered in Kootenai and Shoshone counties within the coming year, thanks to a cross-state …
Wed., Aug. 11, 2010
Idaho Medicaid biller to fix glitches
LEWISTON – Idaho Department of Health and Welfare officials say the state’s new contractor for Medicaid billing has agreed to fix glitches that have left Idaho providers unpaid, but they …
Wed., July 28, 2010
Judge orders restitution in Medicare provider fraud
A Bonners Ferry, Idaho, woman was sentenced on Monday for Medicaid provider fraud after pleading guilty in Idaho 1st District Court to billing the government for patients who were not …
Mon., May 3, 2010, 8:38 a.m.
State cutting some cash assistance
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is reducing or eliminating payments to about 1,250 residents receiving cash assistance under the Aid for the Aged, Blind and Disabled program. Agency …
Wed., April 7, 2010
Idaho agency enacting layoffs, closures
In a move that’s expected to save $7 million, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will lay off 126 employees and close nine of its 29 offices. “Hopefully things …
Mon., March 1, 2010
Idaho Health and Welfare offices to close
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says starting this Friday it will close its offices every other Friday through at least June 11 to save money.
Tue., Oct. 6, 2009
Volunteers help support relatives who raise kids
When Glenda Weaver heard through the grapevine about a couple in their 80s raising their great-great-grandchildren, she went to their home near St. Maries and knocked on the door. The …
Mon., May 11, 2009, 3:06 p.m.
Second case of swine flu confirmed in Idaho
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says an 13-year-old Ada County girl has the state’s second confirmed case of swine flu.