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Idaho House panel revives health care proposal

An Idaho House panel has revived a previously spiked health care proposal designed to provide coverage to low-income Idahoans. The House Health and Welfare Committee on Monday agreed to send HB 464 — which is backed by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter — once again to the House floor for consideration. The committee had already sent that same bill...

On Medicaid? Amazon offers recipients a Prime discount

Amazon on Wednesday opened its $5.99-a-month discounted Prime membership to people on Medicaid, giving Amazon an even bigger pool of potential shoppers who may otherwise have been unable to pay the standard fee.

Washington state pilot programs expanding support for family caregivers

Under a five-year pilot, the state of Washington recently created a two-pronged approach for the Family Caregiver Support Program. Both provide free services for unpaid caregivers in a residence supporting a family member or friend who is at least 55 years old. They’re also aimed at helping seniors stay independent longer and out of more expensive Medicaid long-term care in a facility.

Bill would expand access to family planning services

Low-income women in Idaho would have access to important health and family planning services under a proposal advancing inside the Statehouse. According to the measure, Idaho would be allowed to seek federal permission — known as a waiver — to expand family planning services to women ages 19-44...

Idaho House narrowly approves restoring non-emergency Medicaid dental benefits

A divided Idaho House narrowly passed legislation Monday to restore non-emergency dental coverage to more than 30,000 Idaho Medicaid recipients who’ve only had coverage for emergency extractions since 2011 – resulting in a jump in serious complications that have been costing the state’s Medicaid program far more.