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THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2018

TUESDAY, FEB. 27, 2018

Idaho officials pitch health care plan to federal officials

Idaho officials pitched the state's plan for health care to federal officials, making a case to allow insurers to sell plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act. The Idaho Statesman reports Republican Gov. Butch Otter and Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron met with top federal health care officials last weekend...

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MONDAY, FEB. 26, 2018

SUNDAY, FEB. 4, 2018

MONDAY, JAN. 29, 2018

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24, 2018


MONDAY, JAN. 15, 2018


Russ Barron, director of the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, addresses JFAC on Monday morning, Jan. 15, 2018, along with Deputy Director Lori Wolff, left, and state Insurance Director Dean Cameron, right. (Betsy Z. Russell)

A deep dive into the Idaho Health Care Plan...

Members of the Legislature’s joint budget committee took a deep dive into the Idaho Health Care Plan this morning at a special hearing, hearing from state Insurance Director Dean Cameron, Health & Welfare Director Russ Barron, and H&W Deputy Director Lori Wolff. The plan calls...

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MONDAY, JAN. 8, 2018

MONDAY, DEC. 18, 2017

SUNDAY, DEC. 10, 2017

A public comment session on the Idaho Health Care Plan waiver proposal drew an overflow crowd in Boise on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, as did a session Friday in Pocatello. Public comments next will be gathered in Coeur d’Alene. (Idaho Voices for Children)

Public input sessions draw support for health care waiver plan

Idaho’s latest plan to address the state’s health coverage gap will be addressed in two public sessions in Coeur d’Alene Monday and Tuesday; sessions in Boise and Pocatello on the Idaho Health Care Plan have drawn overflow crowds. The proposal calls for the state to seek waivers from the federal government to allow a portion of those now fall in...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 13, 2017


MONDAY, SEPT. 25, 2017

The statue of the Angel Moroni is seen under smoky skies in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. The heavy smoke that had set in over Idaho Falls from fires across the state has somewhat abated, thanks to the past week’s rainfall and cooler temperatures. (John Roark / AP)

Idaho breathing easier now on fire bills

Although the fire season seemed downright awful, with heavy smoke choking much of the state, Idaho is coming out of it without any pressing bills. Also, Ahlquist goes on tour; and Idaho group raises concerns about Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill; my full Sunday column

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 22, 2017

Otter, state officials wary on health care overhaul 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says he had too many concerns about the latest GOP effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law to join other Republican governors in a letter backing the bill. Earlier this week, 15 GOP governors sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, writing that they...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2017

THURSDAY, SEPT. 14, 2017

MONDAY, SEPT. 11, 2017

Dick Armstrong, the recently retired director of Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare, is championing a new approach to closing Idaho’s health coverage gap. (State of Idaho)

Idaho eyeing new approach on health coverage gap 13 

Idaho health officials are taking another crack at addressing the state’s Medicaid gap. But unlike prior efforts to simply expand Medicaid or design special programs for low-income Idahoans, the new plan would help the middle class by getting health insurance rate hikes under control, its proponents say. In its fiscal 2018 budget request...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 24, 2017

Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, fields a question from Amber LaBelle of Garden City during a small business event in downtown Boise on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017. (Betsy Z. Russell)

Risch: Health care changes must be bipartisan 23 

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch declared Thursday that health care reform can’t succeed with just one party backing it, saying it must be bipartisan. Risch, a conservative Republican, said no major social program in American history has succeeded with just one party backing it, and he said that’s at the root of problems with Obamacare, which he called...

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FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017


TUESDAY, JULY 25, 2017

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