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UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018

Idaho’s House rejects another health care bill, a day after dramatic showdown

House Democrats mounted a final effort to do something for at least some of those who fall into Idaho’s health coverage gap on Thursday, when Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise, …


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: 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: 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 …


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 …


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: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017

Providence executive criticizes Graham-Cassidy bill as ‘same dangerous policy’

Providence Health Care’s chief executive used blunt language to describe the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal on Friday. “It’s a bad bill,” said Elaine Couture.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017

Washington senators: Don’t jam through new Trumpcare plan

Democratic senators from Washington call for bipartisan health care reform,


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017

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: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017

Idaho Sen. Risch: Health care changes must be bipartisan

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch declared today that health care reform can’t succeed with just one party backing it, saying it must be bipartisan.


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017

McCain return doesn’t alter Northwest votes on Obamacare changes

Washington and Idaho senators welcome back John McCain, vote opposite ways on latest Senate motion for health care changes.


Outside view: Obamacare needs repair, not repeal

Trump is apparently indifferent to the pain that sabotaging the individual health insurance market would cause millions of Americans. Congress must therefore act responsibly.


With GOP plan dead, Washington Democrats call for bipartisan health care bill

Washington Democrats say the Senate should seek bipartisan health care fixes now that the Republican bill is apparently dead.


UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017

Providence, other Spokane health leaders call Senate health care bill ‘devastating’

Hospital and community care providers said the steep cuts to Medicaid would worsen care for their patients, lead to fewer jobs in health care and hurt their bottom lines.


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017

Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson speaks out on health care bill

While vigorously defending the GOP House-passed health care bill, Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson told the Idaho Healthcare Summit today that he wouldn’t have voted for it if that was what …


Eye on Boise: It’s already Ad-Watch time in 2018 Idaho governor race

It’s pretty much unheard-of for statewide TV ads in an Idaho governor’s race to begin airing more than a year before the primary election, but that’s what’s happening.


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017

Is this Jimmy Kimmel’s defining moment?

Of all the late-night comedians – including ones who consistently make Trump the target of brutally biting jokes – it’s Jimmy Kimmel who thus far has had the most influence …


UPDATED: Fri., May 5, 2017

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador: Sick people should pay more for health insurance

Health care was the biggest topic at Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s heavily attended town hall meetings in Southern Idaho and figures to be high on citizens’ minds again as …


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017

Trump’s ‘Obamacare’ fixes don’t impress insurers

The Trump administration released limited fixes Thursday for shaky health insurance markets, but insurers quickly said those actions won’t guarantee stability for millions of consumers now covered. The industry is …


UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017

John Webster: Death rates among uneducated whites on the rise due to ‘despair’

As Republicans tried to repeal coverage for mental health and substance abuse, a Princeton research paper exposed a worsening death rate from suicide and drugs among white, poorly educated Americans.


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017

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: Fri., March 17, 2017

Trump OKs changes in GOP health care bill, winning support

President Donald Trump agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to the House Republican health care bill Friday, bolstering the measure with support from some conservative lawmakers but leaving its prospects …