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Eye On Boise archive for March 8, 2011

TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2011


Medicaid hearing wraps up after nearly 5 hours 

"That wraps up our testimony," Rep. Janice McGeachin said after the 72nd person testified. "The House Health & Welfare Committee will plan to reconvene on Thursday." Sen. Denton Darrington, R-Declo, complimented McGeachin for conducting a hearing at which he said those who testified "put a…

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Testimony: 'I love my son'

Paul Tierney, father of a 14-year-old son with autism, struggled to maintain composure as he urged lawmakers not to cut services that will help his son live as an independent adult when he grows older. "Cutting Medicaid is not the answer to the budget problems…

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Consolidating testimony...

House Health & Welfare Chairwoman Janice McGeachin is consolidating testimony somewhat by asking those who are from the same family or business to choose just one person to speak for them. For example, six people who were signed up from Developmental Concepts Inc. chose just…

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Nearly all want to testify against

So far, 107 people have signed up to testify against HB 221, the Medicaid cuts bill, and just three to testify in favor of it. The three are Steve Millard of the Idaho Hospital Association; Rick Holloway of Western Health Care and Brett Waters of…

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Hundreds wait in line to sign up to testify on proposed Medicaid cuts at a public hearing on Tuesday afternoon, even as the hearing begins. (Betsy Russell)

Huge turnout for Medicaid cuts hearing... 

Even as the hearing has begun this afternoon on Medicaid cuts, hundreds still are waiting in line outside to sign up to testify. The Capitol Auditorium, the state's largest hearing room, is full; some people are standing at the back; and overflow rooms are being…

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Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, outlines $39 million in Medicaid cuts she's proposing in HB 221; the bill came up for its first public hearing on Tuesday, drawing a huge crowd. (Betsy Russell)

McGeachin: 'More of a managed care'

Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, is presenting HB 221, the Medicaid budget-cuts bill, to a joint hearing of the House and Senate Health & Welfare committees. "Basically, the only way to reduce general-fund spending in Medicaid is a combination of a variety of things," she…

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Big win for Luna... 

Here's a link to my full story at spokesman.com on how the Idaho House gave final passage today to SB 1108, a far-reaching bill that removes most of teachers' existing collective bargaining rights, sending the measure to the governor's desk and marking a big win…

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How they voted... 

Here are the nine Republicans who joined all House Democrats in opposing SB 1108: Reps. L. Smith, Trail, Wills, Bolz, Collins, Eskridge, Nesset, Schaefer, and McGeachin. After the vote, Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, said he doesn't like the idea of tenure. But, he said, "The…

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