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Hillarie Hagen: Idaho Medicaid expansion will not be delayed

Join me in spreading the word about how health coverage can lift up Idaho families and our economies and make sure your friends and neighbors in the gap know to …


Shawn Vestal: Idaho lawmakers inexplicably keep demanding Medicaid work requirements

Even though Idaho citizens voted by initiative to expand Medicaid after years of legislative resistance, legislative resistance has not gone away.


Federal judge blocks Medicaid work rules in blow to Trump

A federal judge blocked Medicaid work requirements in two states on Wednesday, dealing a blow to one of the Trump administration’s marquee efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency.


New Idaho Medicaid expansion ‘sideboard’ bill introduced

A new Medicaid expansion “sideboard” bill that would require some Medicaid recipients to work at least 20 hours a week is introduced in the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee.


Idaho plans to track costs, benefits of Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion in Idaho will be tracked as a stand-alone item so that lawmakers can see how much it’s costing and where the money is going.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

Spokane-area hospitals post prices online under federal directive criticized as imperfect

The new federal rule requires health care providers to post prices for their procedures in spreadsheet form, part of an effort the Trump administration says is intended to improve transparency …


Governor-elect commits to Medicaid expansion

Gov.-elect Brad Little said Thursday he’s committed to implementing a voter-approved expansion of Medicaid coverage but has concerns on the specifics of how it’s done.


Ex-Target pharmacist wins $570K after alleging retailer broke Medicaid refill rules

Target has agreed to pay nearly $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated the federal and Massachusetts state law by submitting claims in violation of rules against Medicaid prescriptions …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018, 2:42 p.m.

Justices won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood

The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes …


Idaho Supreme Court will hear challenge to Medicaid expansion

The Idaho Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the legality of Medicaid expansion, which was approved by voters in November with more than 60 percent of the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

Gov. Otter endorses Medicaid expansion in Idaho

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is supporting an expansion of Medicaid in the state.


Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown on health care, Medicare and Medicaid

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for a narrowly unsuccessful Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system. She says it was in an effort to give states and patients …


Shawn Vestal: Analysis shows why expanded Medicaid coverage in Idaho makes sense for everyone

If enough Idaho voters tune in to the emerging facts, what they’ll find is that expanding Medicaid would be good for tens of thousands of uninsured Idaho residents – and …


Patti Harter: How to keep Medicare and Medicaid from going bankrupt

Bernie Sanders and other politicians have been complaining about the risk of Medicare and Medicaid going bankrupt. Concern for insolvency is certainly real. According to forbes.com, it’s expected that by …


Robert J. Samuelson: The coming welfare wars

The Trump administration may have declared it over, but a new War on Poverty is coming anyways. It will be fought largely over the “work requirement” – should the government …


State report examines savings if Idaho were to expand Medicaid

A state-commissioned actuarial study examining the potential costs and savings of Medicaid expansion, should Idaho voters approve it in November, concluded that there could be big savings for state and …


Medicaid expansion initiative qualifies for Idaho ballot

An initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho has officially qualified for the November ballot, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced on Tuesday morning.


Judge’s ruling slows plans for Medicaid work requirement

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington last week halted Kentucky’s first-in-the-nation experiment with Medicaid work requirements, ruling that the Trump administration glossed over potential coverage losses. He sent …


GOP Rep. Perry to co-chair Medicaid expansion initiative campaign

Nampa GOP Rep. Christy Perry will co-chair the campaign for a November ballot initiative to expand Medicaid to cover thousands of Idahoans who now fall into a coverage gap.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Idaho Republicans push Medicaid expansion opposition

GOP delegates on Friday called on the Idaho Republican Party to formally oppose a Medicaid expansion initiative expected to be on the November ballot.


Following slew of citations, SWITC, now in compliance, beefs up staff training

The Southwest Idaho Treatment Center has been at risk three times in recent months of losing its license to accept Medicaid.


More Americans expect to work until 70; there are benefits

Americans long viewed 65 as the age to stop working. It was considered full retirement age by Social Security for many, Medicare benefits kick in then and historical practice had …


Shawn Vestal: Who pays when the patient can’t? Two states, two approaches, but only one answer

As the number of people without health insurance begins to climb again, it’s worth remembering a baseline question in health care: Who pays when the patient can’t?


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 9:33 p.m.

Ballot initiative supporters in Idaho submit signatures

Supporters for two high-profile ballot initiatives say they have collected more than enough signatures to put their issues before voters in November.


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 10:46 p.m.

Medicaid expansion in Idaho moves closer to making November ballot

Backers of the Medicaid expansion initiative announced Monday that they have more than enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot in Idaho.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

On Medicaid? Amazon offers recipients a Prime discount

Amazon on Wednesday opened its $5.99-a-month discounted Prime membership to people on Medicaid, giving Amazon an even bigger pool of potential shoppers who may otherwise have been unable to pay …


Court: Kansas can’t cut Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood

Kansas can’t cut Medicaid funds to a Planned Parenthood affiliate over videos anti-abortion activists secretly recorded in 2015, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.


Idaho House narrowly approves restoring non-emergency Medicaid dental benefits

A divided Idaho House narrowly passed legislation Monday to restore non-emergency dental coverage to more than 30,000 Idaho Medicaid recipients who’ve only had coverage for emergency extractions since 2011 – …


Oregon approves new taxes to address rising Medicaid costs

Oregon approved taxes on hospitals, health insurers and managed care companies in an unusual special election Tuesday that asked voters – and not lawmakers – how to pay for soaring …


Trump’s move may nudge holdout GOP states to expand Medicaid

In an ironic twist, the Trump administration’s embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some conservative states to resurrect plans to expand health care …