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UPDATED: Fri., March 20, 2020

Frontier Behavioral Health offering mental health care services electronically in midst of coronavirus outbreak

Frontier Behavioral Health is moving to schedule outpatient clinic visits via telephone as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


U.S. nursing homes warn of looming shortage of masks and gowns

Many nursing homes risk running out of protective masks and gowns by next week because of the new coronavirus, and at least one facility already had to resort to using …


Dr. Michael Van Dyke: State has opportunity to improve Medicaid for children in trauma

I am hopeful we can find a way to increase support for Washington’s Medicaid system this year so we can continue to improve primary care in pediatric intensive care units …


Adam Jacobs: Idaho’s expanded Medicaid is good for the state

Thanks to Idaho voters and the commitment of state leaders to follow through on their wishes, more than 60,000 adults who could not access health coverage just a few months …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Appeals court deals blow to Trump’s Medicaid work rules

The Trump administration’s effort to remake Medicaid by requiring low-income people to work for health care has suffered a serious setback after a federal appeals court ruled it goes beyond …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 10, 2020

Trump’s $4.8 trillion budget proposal revisits rejected cuts

President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion election year budget plan on Monday that recycles deep, previously rejected cuts to domestic programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and housing as the …


Luke Mayville and Rebecca Schroeder: Let’s make Idaho’s 2020 legislative session one to remember

For tens of thousands of Idahoans looking to get ahead, the 2020 legislative session may come down to two issues: the future of Medicaid expansion and education investments in our …


Caroline Avery: Single-payer health plans will save Americans trillions

Relying primarily on private health insurance results in high costs for everyone and shuts out those who can’t afford it but don’t qualify for government assistance.


Editorial: Sacred Heart’s financial woes point to deeper health care challenges

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, the region’s most important provider, is operating in the red. The real challenge, however, is much bigger than one hospital.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Navajo Nation to create ‘one-of-a-kind Medicaid program’

The Navajo Nation is seeking to become one of the first Native American tribes to create a managed health care entity.


Panhandle Health District fills gap in dental care for North Idaho kids

The Panhandle Health District, which covers the five northern Idaho counties, is helping to fill the gap for uninsured and Medicaid-insured children in the region.


League of Women Voters of Idaho: Make your voice heard on preserving Prop. 2’s intent

Unfortunately, the Idaho Legislature has diluted the original intent of Proposition 2, the Medicaid expansion initiative passed by more than 60% of the voters.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

Feds reject Idaho’s bid for Medicaid waiver

An effort to give low-income Idahoans a choice between public Medicaid coverage and private health insurance ran into a federal roadblock Thursday.


New rules can deny green cards for immigrants on food stamps

The Trump administration announced Monday that it is moving ahead with one of its most aggressive steps to restrict legal immigration, denying green cards to many immigrants who use Medicaid, …


Idaho lawmakers ponder if counties should fund Medicaid expansion

A panel of Idaho lawmakers looking for ways to pay for the state’s expansion of Medicaid is considering eliminating county indigent health care funds, dipping into money collected from court …


UPDATED: Fri., June 28, 2019

Issues aired at Idaho Medicaid hearing

A plan to give low-income Idahoans a choice between free government health care and subsidized private health insurance drew a lukewarm response at best during a public hearing in Lewiston …


Nebraska slowly rolls out voter-approved Medicaid expansion

Nebraska officials are laying the groundwork for the state’s voter-approved Medicaid expansion program, but many people who will eventually qualify now face a long and difficult wait.


Eye on Boise: Lawmakers gear up to dive into future Medicaid expansion funding, impacts

A legislative interim committee has scheduled four meetings between now and November, with the first on June 17, to “evaluate the effectiveness of Medicaid eligibility expansion and its impact on …


Hillarie Hagen: Idaho Medicaid expansion will not be delayed

Join me in spreading the word about how health coverage can lift up Idaho families and our economies and make sure your friends and neighbors in the gap know to …


Shawn Vestal: Idaho lawmakers inexplicably keep demanding Medicaid work requirements

Even though Idaho citizens voted by initiative to expand Medicaid after years of legislative resistance, legislative resistance has not gone away.


Federal judge blocks Medicaid work rules in blow to Trump

A federal judge blocked Medicaid work requirements in two states on Wednesday, dealing a blow to one of the Trump administration’s marquee efforts to push the poor toward self-sufficiency.


New Idaho Medicaid expansion ‘sideboard’ bill introduced

A new Medicaid expansion “sideboard” bill that would require some Medicaid recipients to work at least 20 hours a week is introduced in the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee.


Idaho plans to track costs, benefits of Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion in Idaho will be tracked as a stand-alone item so that lawmakers can see how much it’s costing and where the money is going.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 29, 2019

Spokane-area hospitals post prices online under federal directive criticized as imperfect

The new federal rule requires health care providers to post prices for their procedures in spreadsheet form, part of an effort the Trump administration says is intended to improve transparency …


Governor-elect commits to Medicaid expansion

Gov.-elect Brad Little said Thursday he’s committed to implementing a voter-approved expansion of Medicaid coverage but has concerns on the specifics of how it’s done.


Ex-Target pharmacist wins $570K after alleging retailer broke Medicaid refill rules

Target has agreed to pay nearly $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated the federal and Massachusetts state law by submitting claims in violation of rules against Medicaid prescriptions …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 10, 2018

Justices won’t hear states’ appeal over Planned Parenthood

The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes …


Idaho Supreme Court will hear challenge to Medicaid expansion

The Idaho Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the legality of Medicaid expansion, which was approved by voters in November with more than 60 percent of the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018

Gov. Otter endorses Medicaid expansion in Idaho

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter is supporting an expansion of Medicaid in the state.


Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown on health care, Medicare and Medicaid

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for a narrowly unsuccessful Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system. She says it was in an effort to give states and patients …