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Eye On Boise archive for Nov. 4, 2009


Lawmakers on the health care task force hear presentations Wednesday. (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

Handicapping health care reform

Among the items being discussed in the congressional health care debate, NCSL health policy director Joy Wilson told Idaho lawmakers, is extending the boost to the federal match for Medicaid funding that came with the economic stimulus legislation for an additional six months. That would…

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Congressional health reforms still 'fluid'

The Idaho Legislature's health care task force has interrupted its panel discussion on whether Idaho should opt out of federal health care reform for a conference call with the National Conference of State Legislatures on the status of federal reform legislation. "There is still a…

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Members of the Idaho Legislature's health care task force listen to presentations at their meeting Wednesday in Boise.  (Betsy Russell / The Spokesman-Review)

How bad it could be... 

The Medicaid shortfall that Idaho could face next year could require cutting as much as $500 million out of the state's Medicaid program, Idaho Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong told the Legislature's health care task force today, including $130 million in state funds. There…

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Idaho 'nowhere near' on H1N1 vaccine goals

So far, Idaho has been allocated 165,200 doses of H1N1 swine flu, state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn reported to lawmakers this morning. Normally, about a third of the state's 1.5 million residents are vaccinated for seasonal flu. Hahn said even if that were the goal…

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How that went... 

After the Idaho Republican Party took the unusual step of passing a central committee resolution backing party involvement in non-partisan city races, one county's GOP central committee endorsed a challenger, Alex Creek, in a city council race in Idaho Falls; some party activists portrayed a…

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