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TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2016

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2016

MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2016

Getting at the drivers of health care cost increases...

There was a really telling exchange this morning about Medicaid expansion between Sen. Steven Thayn, R-Emmett, who opposes expansion; Deborah Bachrach, a consultant to states and New York’s former Medicaid director; and Sen. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, the co-chair of the Idaho Legislature’s interim committee on...

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Of charity care and Idaho's health coverage gap... 

A Seattle non-profit that connects patients with medical specialists willing to provide care for free was the final presenter to the Idaho Legislature’s interim committee on the state’s health coverage gap this morning telling the panel that Project Access Northwest has served 34,000 patients in...

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Idaho Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong addresses lawmakers on Wednesday (Betsy Z. Russell)

Armstrong on why PCAP failed... 

Rep. John VanderWoude, R-Nampa, asked state Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong why the governor’s PCAP primary care proposal died last year. Amid some laughter – Armstrong was the plan’s chief architect and proponent – he told the Legislature’s joint interim working group on the...

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Idaho Legislature's interim working group on the state's health coverage gap convenes its first meeting on Wednesday at the state Capitol (Betsy Z. Russell)

Legislative panel on health coverage gap opens first meeting 

The Legislature’s joint working group on Idaho’s health coverage gap has convened its first meeting. Co-Chair Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, talked about “the resistance that we’re having among members” in the House. “I think mistakenly or otherwise, we thought that we were talking about a pure Medicaid expansion." That was never intended, he said...

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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2016

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2016

Eight myths about covering the uninsured in Idaho... 

With a legislative interim committee set to gather this summer to examine solutions for Idaho’s health insurance coverage gap – in which 78,000 mostly working Idahoans make too little to qualify for subsidized coverage through the state insurance exchange, but too much to qualify for...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17, 2016

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016


Sen. Dan Schmidt (Betsy Z. Russell)

Schmidt resigns from CAT board 

Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, announced today that he’s resigning from the board of the Catastrophic Health Care Fund, on which the physician-lawmaker has served for the past five years. “I’m pretty proud of the work I’ve done there,” Schmidt said. But, he said, “I cannot...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2016

TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2016

Idaho exchange hits 2nd in nation for per-capita enrollments 

Idaho’s state health insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho, announced today that 102,353 people signed up for health insurance through the exchange in the just-completed open enrollment period, placing Idaho second in the nation for per-capita enrollments. Only Florida was higher. “This is our strongest enrollment...

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