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Health care fines press millennials as sign-up deadline nears

Millions of young adults healthy enough to think they don’t need insurance face painful choices this year as the sign-up deadline approaches for President Barack Obama’s health care law. Fines …


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 …


Editorial: Pending reimbursement cuts put disabled at risk

Reversion to 2006 reimbursement rates could drive many in-home care providers out of the market.


Inadequate health plan at least a start

Proposed plan based on $30 million in cigarette tax revenues might pay for basic care.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 5, 2015

Shawn Vestal: Idaho’s Medicaid gap provokes a deadly debate

What does Idaho’s “Medicaid gap” look like? In Kootenai County, it looks like nearly 7,000 individual human beings who can’t get health insurance.


Two years in, more people insured under Obamacare but changes rattle some enrollees

As the third year of the Affordable Care Act dawned Sunday and Americans began shopping online for next year’s health insurance, Washington officials expect to avoid some problems that plagued …


State Medicaid pilot project aims at savings

State officials say they’ve crafted a plan that could improve health care for Washington’s poorest people. At a public forum Wednesday in Spokane, officials unveiled a five-year pilot program they …


Washington bill would require insurers to cover telemedicine services

OLYMPIA – The practice of telemedicine – using real-time video technology to get medical advice from afar – is becoming a standard of the health care industry, bringing the aid …


Lakeland Village gets reprieve

Federal officials have backed away from a threat to cut funding from Lakeland Village as a result of improvements responding to numerous violations. The Washington state Department of Social and …


Lakeland Village Nursing Facility residents to lose Medicaid funding

The federal government plans to cut off Medicaid funding for 83 residents under long-term care at Lakeland Village Nursing Facility as of next Thursday. State officials said on Wednesday that …


Idaho Medicaid dispute may force clinic to close

Without the many hours he spent sitting inside a submarine-like oxygen chamber in Spokane Valley, North Idaho resident Nick Maniscalco doubts his long recovery from a traumatic brain injury would …


Eye on Boise: ‘Add the Words’ bill gets hearing Monday

The Idaho Legislature will hold a full hearing on an “Add the Words” bill starting Monday morning at 8 in the Lincoln Auditorium, after nine years of refusing to do …


Supreme Court takes up Idaho Medicaid challenge

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Thursday it will decide whether private sector health care providers can force a state to raise its Medicaid reimbursement rates to keep up with …


New care for autism

Jessica Ley leaned close toward the 5-year-old sitting opposite her in a child-size chair, and she had his full attention. “Spell ‘at,’ ” she said.


Spokane woman pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

The cases of four women, among them a Spokane caregiver, accused of Medicaid fraud have returned $137,000 to state coffers, according to the Washington state attorney general’s office.


Communication among ERs result in lower costs

Washington’s hospitals saved money and improved care during the past year by discouraging the overuse of emergency rooms. So says a report released Thursday by hospitals, physicians and the state …


Rural, small hospitals may get break from federal rule

Rural and small hospitals across the Inland Northwest may soon see relief from a federal rule that critics argue could stretch physicians too thin and could lead to fewer medical …


Eye on Boise: Advocates promote budget that restores Medicaid cuts

BOISE – Advocates for people with disabilities say Idaho could both restore cuts made to its Medicaid program in 2011 and fix flaws in the current system if it followed …


Washington Medicaid enrollments surpassing expectations

With two months to go, Washington residents are pouring by the thousands through the online gateway to 2014 health insurance coverage, blowing away expectations for Medicaid enrollments, the expanded government …


Idaho re-examines Medicaid dental cuts

BOISE – When Idaho eliminated nonemergency adult dental coverage under its Medicaid program in 2011, it hoped to save money. But it didn’t. Instead, emergency room costs ballooned, with dental-related …


Washington Medicaid increases dental coverage for adults

OLYMPIA – A quarter-million adults in Washington will gain dental coverage over the next two years as the state expands its Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act and re-establishes …


Washington’s Apple Health aims to simplify Medicaid

In political circles, “Medicaid expansion” has been a phrase that launches arguments. But for uninsured poor people – 22,000 in Spokane County and 328,000 throughout Washington state – expansion means …


Caregiver accused of defrauding Medicaid

An Otis Orchards health care provider is accused of defrauding Medicaid in the amount of $30,000.


Idaho Medicaid stabilizes, but changes coming

After years of relentless growth, Idaho lawmakers received a budget request for the state’s Medicaid program Tuesday that’s nearly flat in state funds, and just a 7.6 percent increase overall …


Dental clinic offers affordable relief for Medicaid users, uninsured

The quiet at the Riverstone Family Dental Clinic on a recent Monday morning was like the quiet before a storm. At least that’s what the people behind the IDEA Clinic, …


Aid for autism

Mattie Lewis still has her “autism moments.” She recites TV shows she’s seen, line by line, watching them in her mind’s eye. We’re not watching TV now, her parents remind …


Eye on Boise: Advocacy group calls for expanding Idaho Medicaid

BOISE – The Idaho Community Action Network, a statewide nonprofit advocacy group with more than 2,000 members, issued a report last week calling strongly for Idaho to expand its Medicaid …


State agrees to cover therapy for autistic children on Medicaid

After three children, Jennifer Collins thought she had it down. But it became clear early on that her youngest son was struggling. Derek began talking late. He struggled with focus, …


State eyes system to streamline health care

OLYMPIA – State officials think they can save $14 million over the next five years and provide better health care to a group of patients who are among the most …


Inslee, McKenna differ on economic fixes, challenge anti-tax claims

To turn the governor’s office Republican for the first time in a generation, Attorney General Rob McKenna seems intent on keeping the race focused on local issues and state politics. …