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Eye On Boise medicaid archive

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012

SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2012


Disability services lawsuit dropped 

Three guardians for developmentally disabled Idaho residents have dropped their lawsuit against the state over Medicaid changes, reports AP reporter Rebecca Boone; click below for her full report. The attorney for the group said the shift to a single provider of residential habilitation services for...

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MONDAY, FEB. 6, 2012

MONDAY, AUG. 15, 2011

Idaho docks Medicaid contractor $3 million

Idaho is docking its payment to a Medicaid claim processing company, Molina Medicaid Systems, by $3 million because of the major problems the company had implementing its new system last year, the Associated Press reports; meanwhile, the state is still trying to recover nearly $10...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2011

MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2011

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011


Dr. Jack Fullwiler prepares to examine Jackson Miller, 14, at his Coeur d’Alene office on Wednesday. Fullwiler is concerned about the cuts in Medicaid for non-emergency dental coverage for more than 42,000 adults. (Kathy Plonka)

Dental cuts hit Idaho Medicaid patients 

More than 42,000 poor or disabled Idahoans lost their non-emergency dental coverage last Friday due to state budget cuts, and there's some question about whether the state's expected $1.7 million in annual savings really will pay off in the long run. "Some of this stuff,...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

'It's not all a state responsibility'

Here's a link to my full story at on how Idaho’s Medicaid program is facing such a big potential shortfall next year that officials are suggesting turning to volunteers to help out the disabled and poor who now rely on its services. State Health...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

Medicaid looking at service cuts

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is poised to make more than $8 million in cuts to Medicaid programs and services for low-income adults with severe mental illness and children with autism and other developmental disabilities, the AP reports. The agency has drafted a...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

DentaQuest issues statement

DentaQuest has issued this statement:"DentaQuest has been successfully managing the Idaho Smiles program for Blue Cross of Idaho for the past three years. In that time, we have increased the percentage of Idaho Smiles members who receive dental care from 38 to 68 percent. We...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2010

Judge halts state budget cut for disabled

Idaho's planned cutbacks in Health & Welfare programs have run into a snag - a federal judge has temporarily barred the state from cutting a cash assistance program for some developmentally disabled adults. The recipients, who all function at the level of an 8-year-old or...

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MONDAY, AUG. 23, 2010

Why no backup for new Medicaid billing system...

Idaho state Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong says the new computerized billing system for Medicaid, which the federal government required Idaho to develop after its old system was declared obsolete, originally was supposed to begin operating in November, long before Molina Healthcare Inc. acquired...

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