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Shawn Vestal: Analysis shows why expanded Medicaid coverage in Idaho makes sense for everyone

If enough Idaho voters tune in to the emerging facts, what they’ll find is that expanding Medicaid would be good for tens of thousands of uninsured Idaho residents – and …


Patti Harter: How to keep Medicare and Medicaid from going bankrupt

Bernie Sanders and other politicians have been complaining about the risk of Medicare and Medicaid going bankrupt. Concern for insolvency is certainly real. According to forbes.com, it’s expected that by …


Robert J. Samuelson: The coming welfare wars

The Trump administration may have declared it over, but a new War on Poverty is coming anyways. It will be fought largely over the “work requirement” – should the government …


State report examines savings if Idaho were to expand Medicaid

A state-commissioned actuarial study examining the potential costs and savings of Medicaid expansion, should Idaho voters approve it in November, concluded that there could be big savings for state and …


Medicaid expansion initiative qualifies for Idaho ballot

An initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho has officially qualified for the November ballot, Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced on Tuesday morning.


Judge’s ruling slows plans for Medicaid work requirement

U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg in Washington last week halted Kentucky’s first-in-the-nation experiment with Medicaid work requirements, ruling that the Trump administration glossed over potential coverage losses. He sent …


GOP Rep. Perry to co-chair Medicaid expansion initiative campaign

Nampa GOP Rep. Christy Perry will co-chair the campaign for a November ballot initiative to expand Medicaid to cover thousands of Idahoans who now fall into a coverage gap.


UPDATED: Fri., June 29, 2018

Idaho Republicans push Medicaid expansion opposition

GOP delegates on Friday called on the Idaho Republican Party to formally oppose a Medicaid expansion initiative expected to be on the November ballot.


Following slew of citations, SWITC, now in compliance, beefs up staff training

The Southwest Idaho Treatment Center has been at risk three times in recent months of losing its license to accept Medicaid.


More Americans expect to work until 70; there are benefits

Americans long viewed 65 as the age to stop working. It was considered full retirement age by Social Security for many, Medicare benefits kick in then and historical practice had …


Shawn Vestal: Who pays when the patient can’t? Two states, two approaches, but only one answer

As the number of people without health insurance begins to climb again, it’s worth remembering a baseline question in health care: Who pays when the patient can’t?


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018

Ballot initiative supporters in Idaho submit signatures

Supporters for two high-profile ballot initiatives say they have collected more than enough signatures to put their issues before voters in November.


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018

Medicaid expansion in Idaho moves closer to making November ballot

Backers of the Medicaid expansion initiative announced Monday that they have more than enough signatures to get the measure on the November ballot in Idaho.


UPDATED: Wed., March 7, 2018

On Medicaid? Amazon offers recipients a Prime discount

Amazon on Wednesday opened its $5.99-a-month discounted Prime membership to people on Medicaid, giving Amazon an even bigger pool of potential shoppers who may otherwise have been unable to pay …


Court: Kansas can’t cut Medicaid funds to Planned Parenthood

Kansas can’t cut Medicaid funds to a Planned Parenthood affiliate over videos anti-abortion activists secretly recorded in 2015, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.


Idaho House narrowly approves restoring non-emergency Medicaid dental benefits

A divided Idaho House narrowly passed legislation Monday to restore non-emergency dental coverage to more than 30,000 Idaho Medicaid recipients who’ve only had coverage for emergency extractions since 2011 – …


Oregon approves new taxes to address rising Medicaid costs

Oregon approved taxes on hospitals, health insurers and managed care companies in an unusual special election Tuesday that asked voters – and not lawmakers – how to pay for soaring …


Trump’s move may nudge holdout GOP states to expand Medicaid

In an ironic twist, the Trump administration’s embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some conservative states to resurrect plans to expand health care …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 22, 2018

Oregonians to vote on Medicaid taxes as costs soar

Oregon aggressively expanded its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, adding enough people to leave only 5 percent of its population uninsured – one of America’s lowest rates. Now, …


Proposed law would refocus efforts on treating drug addiction

Washington will get a sweeping re-write of its approach to treating opioid addiction if a bill introduced in the state legislature becomes law.


Outside View: A solution in search of a problem

The following editorial appeared in Saturday’s Washington Post. In contrast with those of other advanced industrial democracies, especially in Europe, the U.S. system of social insurance and income support distributes …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 13, 2018

Medicaid work mandate: Common sense reform or unfair burden?

Republicans this past week began to realize their long-held goal of requiring certain adults to work, get job training or perform community service in exchange for getting health coverage through …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

Kentucky is first to get OK for Medicaid work requirement

Kentucky has become the first state to require many of its Medicaid recipients to work to receive coverage, part of an unprecedented change to the nation’s largest health insurance program …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018

Trump work requirement rewrites health care rules for poor

Rewriting the rules on health care for the poor, the Trump administration said Thursday it will allow states to require “able-bodied” Medicaid recipients to work, a hotly debated first in …


Ada County Democrats endorse Medicaid ballot initiative

Democrats in Ada County have adopted a resolution urging all eligible voters to sign a ballot initiative seeking to expand Medicaid coverage.


Kmart to pay $32.3 million to settle prescription drugs case

Kmart Corp. has agreed to pay $32.3 million to settle allegations its pharmacies caused federal health programs to overpay for prescription drugs by not telling the government about discounted prices.


Goodman: Tax bill passes on darkest day

A country’s annual budget is often described as a moral document, defining the nation’s values. Its tax system codifies its fairness. Who pays into the system, and who reaps the …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017

Oregon’s second largest Medicaid carrier will shut down

Oregon’s second largest Medicaid carrier will shut down after the company and state failed to agree on a contract for 2018.


Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Paying for abortions, Dec. 19, 1975


Public offers input on new plan to address Medicaid gap

Idaho’s top health officials are collecting input from residents across the state on their latest plan to provide health care to poor residents who do not have medical coverage.