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Uninsurance rate drops to the lowest level since before the Great Recession

About 4 million Americans gained health insurance last year, decreasing the nation’s uninsured rate to 9.1 percent, the lowest level since before the Great Recession, according to new federal figures.


Some Idaho lawmakers remain unconvinced about Medicaid expansion

Even after months of hearings, overwhelmingly positive public comments and stacks of statistics showing Idaho would save millions, some state lawmakers remain reluctant to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds to …


Idaho health coverage gap can be closed, lawmakers believe

Idaho’s top House and Senate leaders expressed optimism Friday that a new legislative panel can help state lawmakers resolve their differences and find a way to cover the 78,000 Idahoans …


UnitedHealth to trim ACA exchanges to ‘handful’ of states

UnitedHealth, the nation’s biggest health insurer, will cut its participation in public health insurance exchanges to only a handful of states next year after expanding to nearly three dozen for …


Eye on Boise: Lawmaker’s anti-Sharia bill draws fire

North Idaho Rep. Eric Redman’s anti-Sharia law bill drew lots of negative comments at a public hearing last week; it’s now awaiting amendments and its fate is uncertain.


Idaho senator will give up state-paid health insurance until Legislature provides coverage for others

Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician who’s ardently advocated for expanding Idaho’s Medicaid program, announced Thursday that he’s giving up his state-paid health insurance because the state provides no coverage …


Failure to expand Medicaid has resulted in nearly 1,000 deaths of Idahoans, doctor says

Idaho lawmakers are responsible for the deaths of close to 1,000 Idahoans in the past three years because they’ve refused to expand Medicaid, a doctor told a state Senate committee …


Healthplanfinder system has unscheduled outage

On the eve of a crucial deadline, Washington state’s Healthplanfinder system had an unscheduled outage that impacted customers’ ability to select a health plan.


Expanded Medicaid in Idaho promoted in physician’s bills

Two bills to expand Medicaid in Idaho were introduced in the Idaho Senate on Friday, both as personal bills filed by Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician.


Idaho sees health care savings due to state exchange

Lawmakers got proof Friday that Idaho’s state health insurance exchange is working, as they collected savings from the state’s Catastrophic Health Care program budget of nearly $29 million.


Gov. Otter proposes $30M plan for Idahoans in health coverage gap

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter is expected to unveil a new $30M plan to provide at least some primary care to the 78,000 Idahoans who currently fall into the coverage gap …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015

Idaho insurance exchange going strong, but ‘gap’ population still unaddressed

For more than 86,000 Idahoans, health care reform has meant new, affordable options for health coverage, with an average premium, after federal subsidies, of just $65 a month.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 3, 2015

Eye on Boise: Counties back closing coverage gap

Eye on Boise column for Sunday: Counties back closing coverage gap


Smart Bombs: Benghazi ‘scandal’ on hiatus

As you may have heard – though probably not on Fox News – the House Intelligence Committee, run by Republicans, recently released a report that turns the Benghazi “bombshells” into …


Idaho reports flawless opening of health insurance exchange

BOISE – Idaho’s state health insurance exchange – unlike Washington’s – reported a flawless launch over the weekend, as the state shifted from relying on a federal technology platform to …


Growing startup behind Idaho, others’ health care exchange systems

BOISE – The successful launch of Idaho’s new health insurance exchange website is a success story for a Silicon Valley tech company. GetInsured provided the software as part of an …


Froma Harrop: Latest Obamacare lawsuit a dull rerun

On television, summer reruns are becoming a thing of the past. Noting a jump in demand for fresh entertainment in the hot months, TV execs are responding with original programming. …


Idaho exchange exceeds target for health insurance enrollment

BOISE – Idaho’s exchange signed up 76,061 Idahoans for health insurance plans in the open-enrollment period, nearly double the target, according to numbers released from YourHealthIdaho. The federal government expected …


Eye on Boise: Records request made for Otter’s public records order

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter seemed a bit surprised that he’d already received a public records request for documents related to his move to create a public records ombudsman position …


Medicaid expansion would benefit Idaho veterans

Idaho has the second-highest rate of uninsured veterans in the nation, and if the state chose to expand its Medicaid program at federal expense, more than a third of those …


Medicaid gets Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry support

BOISE – Idaho’s biggest business lobby has come out in favor of expanding Medicaid for Idaho’s poor, a move expected to save state taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s …


Eye on Boise: Crapo, Risch say anti-discrimination laws best left to states

BOISE – When the U.S. Senate voted 64-32 last week in favor of legislation to ban workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians, 10 Republicans joined 52 Democrats and two independents …


Eye on Boise: Tribes introduce treaty rights as factor in federal land debate

BOISE – A new wrinkle was added last week to the debate over Idaho lawmakers’ attempts to take over federal public land in the state. Representatives of Idaho Indian tribes …


Idaho billboards target state-run health exchange supporters

BOISE – Billboards bashing Idaho lawmakers who cast votes for a state insurance exchange are popping up in legislative districts. Idaho Freedom Foundation chief Wayne Hoffman said the signs are …


Idaho insurance exchange succeeding despite delays

BOISE – Delays continue to frustrate users of Idaho’s new health insurance exchange, but the program is accomplishing goals: Call-in customers are receiving help, regulators are monitoring coverage plans, and …


Idaho health exchange board threatened with lawsuit

BOISE – Idaho’s new health insurance exchange board gathered for its first meeting Monday, and each of its 19 members had already received a somewhat surprising welcome: an anonymous call …


Idaho exchange board starts work, unfazed by lawsuit threat

Idaho’s new state-based health insurance exchange board gathered for its first meeting today, and each of its 19 members had already had a somewhat surprising welcome – an anonymous call …


Health exchange moves to Idaho Senate

BOISE – North Idaho representatives split 7-7 late Wednesday as the Idaho House, after a feisty seven-hour debate, approved Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal for a state-based health insurance exchange on …


Idaho House backs Otter’s exchange

North Idaho representatives split 7-7 late Wednesday, as the Idaho House, after a feisty seven-hour debate, approved Gov. Butch Otter’s proposal for a state-based health insurance exchange on a 41-29 …


Idaho Senate backs health insurance exchange

BOISE – After a six-hour debate, the Idaho Senate voted 23-12 Thursday in favor of Gov. Butch Otter’s state health insurance exchange bill, marking a key victory for the GOP …