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Speaker Denney blocks pension-spiking bill; issue likely dead for this session

A few weeks ago, Idaho House Speaker Lawerence Denney, R-Midvale, blocked a bill to end legislative pension-spiking by former lawmakers. The bill, brought by Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, would have essentially prevented legislators spiking their taxpayer-funded pensions by taking high-paying … Continue reading

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Health insurance competition bill receives hearing before House committee

Rising costs in the health insurance industry moved to the forefront before one committee in the Idaho Legislature Wednesday with discussion on a proposal to open up the Idaho market to insurance providers from out of state. Rep. Julie Ellsworth, … Continue reading

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House business panel squashes health insurance rate review bill

On Monday, the House Business Committee squashed a bill that would allow the Idaho Department of Insurance (DOI) to review health insurance carrier rate increases and deem them too high or low. The measure was killed on a 6-9 vote … Continue reading

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Lake again brings bill to end legislative pension-spiking

As he did during the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, has brought a bill to end legislative pension-spiking, a practice that costs taxpayers thousands of dollars each year. Lake introduced the bill late in the 2011 session, but … Continue reading

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State insurance director: We can’t predict ongoing cost of health exchange

At a meeting of the Idaho Health Care Task Force at the Capitol Thursday, Idaho Department of Insurance Director Bill Deal told lawmakers that he doesn’t know how much it will cost to run a state-based insurance exchange. Upon questioning … Continue reading

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Dept. of Insurance won’t defend director’s health exchange job loss claim

Department of Insurance director Bill Deal told the Idaho Health Care Task Force in late August that if Gem State lawmakers don’t set up a health exchange, the federal government would do it for them and that scenario would cause … Continue reading

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Otter’s drug czar to retire with bigger pension thanks to time in Idaho House

Gov. Butch Otter announced last week that Debbie Field would be leaving as the head of the Office of Drug Policy (ODP), more than four years after taking the post in January of 2007. She will be going out with a … Continue reading

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Bill to prevent legislative pension-spiking killed, but more discussion may come next year

Bill to prevent legislative pension-spiking killed, but more discussion may come next year In the final weeks of the 2011 legislative session, Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, introduced a bill to prevent state legislators from spiking their taxpayer-funded pensions after long … Continue reading

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Federal money to research health exchanges removed from insurance budget

Lawmakers writing the state budget approved rewriting the Idaho Department of Insurance budget to strip $2.5 million coming from federal health care reforms. Spending that federal money had been approved by the Idaho Senate, but didn’t have support among House … Continue reading

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Lake brings bill to prevent legislative pension spiking

Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, has introduced a bill to prevent state lawmakers from spiking their state-funded pensions at the end of long legislative careers. Lake told members of the House State Affairs Committee Monday that the measure is a “good … Continue reading

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