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Otter continues to oppose federal health reforms, but supports money for exchanges

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter joined other GOP governors in marking the one-year anniversary of the enactment federal health care reforms by condemning the plan, but he also supports accepting federal money for planning part of the reforms. Otter issued a … Continue reading

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Idaho insurance agents seeking change to health reform plan

Idaho lawmakers are backing a plan from insurance agents to ask the federal government to strip part of the federal health care reform. Other states are asking for an exception to the federal requirement that health insurance companies spend a … Continue reading

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Idaho House weighs creating health care price comparing website

A north Idaho lawmaker wants hospitals, clinics, and health insurance companies to post their costs for popular procedures on a new state-run website, which he says will help people make apples-to-apples comparisons on medical services. The plan is headed for … Continue reading

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Lawmakers approve using federal health care reform money for insurance exchange

Idaho budget writers Wednesday approved letting a state agency spend money from the federal government for the planning stages of part of the federal health care reform. The Idaho Department of Insurance has a $2.5 million federal grant for planning … Continue reading

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Department of Insurance spending on federal health reforms up to $75,000

The Idaho Department of Insurance (DOI) has spent $75,000 in federal grant money for planning related to last year’s federal health care reform plan. Insurance Director Bill Deal said that spending could give Idaho more flexibility down the road, even … Continue reading

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Lawmakers-turned-administrators receive extra benefits within state retirement system

Some former lawmakers will receive extra benefits within the state retirement system thanks to a provision of Idaho Code that defines who can be considered a full-time public employee of the state of Idaho. Public employees, including state legislators, are … Continue reading

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Insurance director Deal outlines development of state health exchange

Bill Deal has a big job to do. Deal, a former state legislator from Nampa, is the director of the Idaho Department of Insurance and the man chiefly responsible for crafting the Gem State’s health insurance exchange as part of … Continue reading

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Lawmakers may scale back retirement contribution rate hike to save $15 million next year

State lawmakers may be faced with a budget deficit that could reach $400 million and will be looking to save money wherever they can during the next legislative session, set to begin Jan. 11, 2011.  It is possible legislators could … Continue reading

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Department of Insurance will need new staffers to handle health care regulations

At a meeting of the Health Care Task Force at the Statehouse in Boise Monday, Department of Insurance Director Bill Deal said his department will need additional resources in order to implement changes required by federal health care reforms. Work … Continue reading

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Idaho official has different goals on health reform

At least one Idaho official – the one responsible for insurance — and the federal government don’t see eye to eye on the health care reform law passed by Congress earlier this year. Department of Insurance Director Bill Deal stated … Continue reading

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