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UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

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, 7:45 p.m.

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, 9:53 p.m.

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: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

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 …


Eye on Boise: Idaho breathing easier now on fire bills

Although the fire season seemed downright awful, with heavy smoke choking much of the state, Idaho is coming out of it without any pressing bills.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:40 p.m.

Idaho officials pitch new plan to address Medicaid gap

Idaho officials said Thursday they have found a creative solution to provide health care to poor residents who do not have medical coverage while simultaneously limiting the state’s ongoing health …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 11, 2017, 9:13 a.m.

Idaho considers a new approach to health insurance for sick and working poor

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.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Idaho Senate kills $10 million plan to pay for care for those who can’t afford insurance

A proposal to spend $10 million next year to provide health care to 15,000 of the most chronically ill members of Idaho’s health coverage gap population failed in the Idaho …


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

Idaho Senate debates, rejects Medicaid expansion

The Idaho Senate debated and rejected Medicaid expansion on Thursday, as Senate Democrats pushed the plan in an amendment.


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017, 7:57 p.m.

Idaho Senate panel approves $10 million health gap bill

A $10 million program designed to provide some health care services to a small portion of those who fall into Idaho’s health coverage gap cleared a Senate committee on Thursday …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 3:45 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers introduce $10 million health-gap bill

An Idaho House committee voted unanimously Monday to introduce legislation to launch a new state Health Care Assistance Program, which would tap the state’s Millennium Fund for $10 million next …


Eye on Boise: Idaho lawmakers debate health budgets, but not coverage gap

Idaho lawmakers have just finished a full week of hearings on health and human services budgets, and while major changes and initiatives are underway in some areas, there was little …


Idaho legislative panel calls for closing health coverage gap, but no agreement on how

A legislative working group that held months of meetings and hearings voted unanimously on Tuesday to call for the 2017 Idaho Legislature to take action to address the state’s health …


Legislative leaders say Idaho’s work to close health coverage gap isn’t ending

The work of examining alternatives to close Idaho’s health coverage gap isn’t over.


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 …