Stories tagged: medicaid
UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 3, 2017, 10:57 P.M.
Inslee affirms support for Planned Parenthood during clinic visit
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday criticized congressional Republicans’ efforts to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funding, calling the effort “ideologically driven, misguided and callously indifferent.”
TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017, 9:50 A.M.
Trump calls drug pricing ‘astronomical’ and promises changes
President Donald Trump told drugmakers at a White House meeting Tuesday they were charging too much and promised to get better bargains for government health programs, in addition to finding …
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017
Don’t neglect dental coverage proposal
Apple Health (Medicaid) and programs like Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) have helped reduce the incidence of oral disease among young children. Advocates would like to do the …
TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017, 11:59 A.M.
Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid need significant changes, Trump budget pick says
Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid need significant changes to be preserved for future generations, President Donald Trump’s pick to head the White House budget office told Congress Tuesday.
SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017, 12:28 P.M.
HHS nominee Tom Price, staff aided donors in agency battles
President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services has been an advocate for companies over the years with the federal agencies he may soon oversee. …
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017
Defunding Planned Parenthood does more harm than good
The ideological drive to thwart Planned Parenthood fails to consider where people would go for the many services it provides and the positive trends from those services.
THURSDAY, JAN. 5, 2017, 5 A.M.
Loss of Obamacare could affect 750,000 Washington residents
Washington has about 750,000 residents who get health insurance because of Obamacare. How Congress repeals or revises the system would affect them, the health care system and the state’s economy.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2016, 11:59 A.M.
Frontier Behavioral Health expands services as more seek mental health care
Driven by a sharp increase in demand as a result of Medicaid expansion, Frontier Behavioral Health plans to complete construction on a new facility in east Spokane by the end …
FRIDAY, NOV. 25, 2016, 8:03 A.M.
State settles case over Medicaid coverage of hepatitis drugs
The agency that administers Medicaid in Washington state has reached a tentative settlement of a class-action lawsuit that sought broader coverage of expensive hepatitis C drugs.
THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2016, 3:54 P.M.
Dental provider sues Idaho over $130M contract
A dental service provider has filed a lawsuit claiming the Idaho Department of Administration violated the state’s procurement laws in awarding a $130 million contract designed to administer dental benefits …
FRIDAY, AUG. 12, 2016, 8:10 P.M.
Medicaid estimate renews cost concerns over ‘Obamacare’
WASHINGTON – A government report finds that the cost of expanding Medicaid to millions more low-income people is increasing faster than expected, raising questions about a vital part of President …
MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2016, 4:55 P.M.
Affordable Care Act helping more poor patients get to the doctor
Even as the Affordable Care Act remains a political flash point, new research shows it is dramatically improving poor patients’ access to medical care in states that have used the …
FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016, 1:30 P.M.
Authorities: $1B Medicare fraud nursing home scam, 3 charged
Three people have been charged in an unprecedented $1 billion health care fraud scam, accused of using dozens of Miami nursing homes to bilk the taxpayer-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs, …
THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2016, 10:09 P.M.
State health employees fired after giving data to lawmakers
Montana health officials fired two state employees for turning over personal information, including Social Security numbers, of scores of childcare providers to three state legislators, according to documents and interviews …
TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016, 7 P.M.
Costly hepatitis C cure strains Idaho’s budget
New hepatitis C treatments could help eradicate the deadly infectious disease and also break the bank. Idaho has been forced to limit which Medicaid patients and prison inmates get drugs …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2016, 11:33 A.M.
Idaho dental contract contested; claims of unfair bidding
A $50 million-a-year state contract award is on hold, after Blue Cross – the current contractor – sued, contending the state improperly allowed the other bidders to submit much of …
SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016, 12:42 P.M.
Judge orders Washington Medicaid to provide hepatitis C drug
SEATTLE (AP) – A federal judge has ordered Washington Medicaid to provide an expensive drug to all hepatitis C patients, not just the sickest ones. The Seattle Times reports U.S. …
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016
Stagnant Congress lacking leadership
Among the group of people who watch Congress closely, there was unanimity: This will end up as one of the least productive years in congressional history.
THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016
Editorial: DENT fills dental care need
DENT forged relationships with dentists and started before-and-after services that have built trust.
MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016, 5:47 P.M.
New program helps get emergency dental care to low-income adults
The DENT program helps low-income adults see dentists for emergency treatment. Meagan Daniels, a Spokane Falls Community College student, credits the program for saving a broken tooth that became infected.
FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2016, 11:54 A.M.
Insurer warnings cast doubt on ACA exchange future
Political uncertainty isn’t the only threat to the Affordable Care Act’s future. Cracks also are spreading through a major pillar supporting the law
FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2016, 10:25 A.M.
Idaho budget writers pass Medicaid budget
Legislative budget writers have unanimously approved slightly increasing funding for Idaho’s Medicaid Program that serves some 190,000 poor children.
TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016
Robert J. Samuelson: Straight talk about budget impossible with candor deficit
Entitlements choking other programs, even defense.
THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2016, 2:48 P.M.
House passes birth control access bill
The House has a bill that would make it easier for women to consistently access contraceptives.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2016, 10:06 A.M.
Number of uninsured in Washington cut in half
The number of uninsured people in Washington state has been cut in half since health care reform took effect. But the state insurance commissioner’s office reported Wednesday there are still …
TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2016, 1:12 P.M.
Health care fines press millennials as sign-up deadline nears
Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don’t need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama’s health care law. Fines …
THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016, 11:54 A.M.
Gov. Otter proposes $30M plan for Idahoans in health coverage gap
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is expected to unveil a new $30M plan to provide at least some primary care to the 78,000 Idahoans who currently fall into the coverage gap …
THURSDAY, 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.
TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2015
Inadequate health plan at least a start
Proposed plan based on $30 million in cigarette tax revenues might pay for basic care.
UPDATED: THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2015, 3:57 P.M.
Shawn Vestal: Idaho’s Medicaid gap provokes a deadly debate
What does Idaho’s “Medicaid gap” look like? In Kootenai County, it looks like nearly 7,000 individual human beings who can’t get health insurance.