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The Idaho Senate on Friday approved Medicaid expansion legislation by passing a compromise bill that’s now headed to Republican Gov. Brad Little for his consideration.
Idaho health officials are taking another crack at addressing the state’s Medicaid gap, with a new approach that would close part of the gap.
A federal judge has approved a preliminary settlement between developmentally disabled Idaho residents and the state Department of Health and Welfare, the ACLU-Idaho announced Monday. The settlement requires the state to develop a new tool for determining some Medicaid benefits, to give participants more information about budget changes...
A $50 million-a-year state contract to provide dental insurance coverage for Idaho’s poor is on hold amid complaints of unfair bidding competition. Blue Cross had held Idaho’s Medicaid dental contract since 2010, but lost its hold on the program serving 277,000 people to Florida-based MCNA Dental, which has been winning similar contracts...
Every Tuesday morning at 9, they file in, some crying, some defiant – all with big medical bills they can’t pay, pleading with Kootenai County commissioners for help. “It’s at times frustrating, and at times gut-wrenching,” said Commissioner Dan Green, “especially when I have people that really need the help and then they don’t qualify for the program. And then I see people that we are forced to help that think it’s some sort of entitlement.”
BOISE – 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, if you don’t take care of it at a certain level, then it gets worse, so it can cost a lot more (in the future),” said Dr. Jack Fullwiler, a longtime Coeur d’Alene dentist and current president of the Idaho State Dental Association.