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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018

Federal judge in Texas rules Obama health-care law unconstitutional

A federal judge in Texas threw a dagger into the Affordable Care Act on Friday night, ruling that the entire health-care law is unconstitutional because of a recent change in …


Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming

Government numbers show health insurance sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are down with just a few days left to enroll.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018

Idaho health care gap bill once again pulled from House, despite tearful opposition

For the second time this year – and after six straight years of inaction – the Idaho House on Wednesday sent the governor’s health coverage gap bill back to committee, …


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018

Rep. Perry gets Otter’s health-gap coverage bill revived for possible full House vote

In a surprise move Monday, an Idaho House committee revived Gov. Butch Otter’s “Idaho Health Care Plan” proposal and sent the dual-waiver measure to the full House for debate.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018

Idaho’s health coverage gap still unaddressed as lawmakers push toward adjournment

Health care advocates rallied at the Idaho Capitol on Thursday, calling for lawmakers to take back up Gov. Butch Otter’s health coverage gap proposal, which was pulled from the House …


UPDATED: Thu., March 8, 2018

Trump administration tells Idaho ‘no’ on non-ACA compliant health insurance plans

The Trump administration sent a letter to Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Thursday turning thumbs-down on his proposal to allow the sale of health insurance plans in Idaho that aren’t …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018

Otter’s health coverage gap bill pulled

Gov. Butch Otter’s dual-waiver Idaho Health Care Plan was pulled from the Idaho House on Tuesday without a vote and sent back to committee, a dramatic defeat for Otter and …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018

Trump plan: Less-comprehensive health plans at lower cost

The Trump administration Tuesday spelled out a plan to lower the cost of health insurance: give consumers the option of buying less coverage in exchange for reduced premiums.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018

Murray, Otter in war of words over Idaho’s health insurance move

Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday criticized Idaho’s decision to allow the sale of health insurance plans that don’t comply with Obamacare rules as “illegal Idaho junk plans,” prompting Idaho …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018

Idaho’s catastrophic health care program sees jump in cases

Caseloads for Idaho’s Catastrophic Health Care Fund have taken a sharp upturn this year, and they’re expected to continue to rise as more Idahoans are priced out of health insurance …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018

Idaho House panel backs health gap coverage plan after emotional hearing

For the first time, an Idaho House committee has voted in favor of a plan to provide coverage to some of those in Idaho’s health coverage gap.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 29, 2018

Otter, Little hit road to promote new, cheaper health insurance option

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little have hit the road to promote their executive order asking Idaho insurers to offer cheaper plans that don’t comply with all …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

Idaho to insurers: Give us plans that don’t follow Obamacare

Concerned about soaring health care costs, Idaho on Wednesday revealed a plan that will allow insurance companies to sell cheap policies that ditch key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018

Idaho senator introduces bill to expand Medicaid in the state

An Idaho senator filed a personal bill Friday to expand Medicaid in Idaho, saying lawmakers need to keep that idea in mind even as they consider other options.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018

Idaho’s latest plan to address part of health coverage gap clears first legislative hurdle

Legislation to allow Idaho’s state government to seek two federal waivers aimed at covering roughly half of the Idahoans who now fall into a health coverage gap and also cutting …


Democrats move to offense on health care; seek ‘big ideas’

Democrats are shifting to offense on health care, emboldened by successes in defending the Affordable Care Act. They say their ultimate goal is a government guarantee of affordable coverage for …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017

Sign-ups show health law’s staying power in Trump era

A deadline burst of sign-ups after a tumultuous year for the Obama health law has revealed continued demand for the program’s subsidized individual health plans. But the Affordable Care Act’s …


Some glitches seen in deadline week for ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups

Consumer advocates reported some glitches Monday in the final days for “Obamacare” sign-ups, although the Trump administration largely seemed to be keeping its promise of a smooth enrollment experience.


Coeur d’Alene meetings to draw input on Idaho health reform proposal

Idaho’s latest plan to address the state’s health coverage gap will be addressed in two public sessions in Coeur d’Alene, including an informational session on Monday from 5:30 to 6:30 …


While still rising, health law sign-ups likely to fall short of last year’s total

Sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act’s subsidized health insurance are still rising, the government said Wednesday. But with just over a week to go in an enrollment season cut in …


Editorial: Congress must fund CHIP soon

Colorado and Utah sent out notices last week telling families they risk losing CHIP coverage if Congress doesn’t act. Other states are expected to follow suit this month.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

Mixed signals sent on fate of tax bill’s health provision

Two of President Donald Trump’s leading economic advisers sent mixed signals Sunday on the fate of a health care provision in the Senate version of a $1.5 trillion measure to …


‘Obamacare’ sign-ups 45 percent ahead of last year’s pace

Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health plans are running more than 45 percent ahead of last year’s pace, according to government data released Wednesday.


Free ‘Obamacare’ for older, poorer in nearly all counties

Older people with low incomes nearly everywhere would have access to free “Obamacare” health coverage next year, according to a study Thursday that found the Trump administration’s efforts to undercut …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Trump seeks ‘Obamacare’ demise, but sign-up season gears up

Consumers can now begin previewing 2018 plans and premiums for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, even as President Donald Trump continues his push to dismantle the Obama-era law.


Iowa withdraws proposal to opt out of Affordable Care Act

Iowa officials withdrew a proposal Monday that sought to pull out of the Affordable Care Act and redirect federal money toward lowering premiums for younger participants under a separate program.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017

ACA enrollment schedule may lock millions into unwanted health plans

Millions of Americans with insurance through the Affordable Care Act could find themselves locked into health plans they do not want for the coming year because of the Trump administration’s …


Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid “Obamacare” turmoil

The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over “Obamacare” undermine coverage gains that drove the nation’s …


Top Dems nix White House demands to alter health care deal

Top Senate Democrats rejected White House demands Friday to add provisions weakening the Obama health care law to a bipartisan deal on steadying unsettled insurance markets. The compromise already faced …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

A bipartisan proposal to calm churning health insurance markets gained momentum Thursday when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support. But its fate remained unclear …