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Despite executive order, some Obamacare money could be used in Idaho

On April 20, Gov. Butch Otter signed an executive order preventing implementation  in Idaho of Obamacare, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The order is intended to prevent state agencies from entering into agreements with or accepting … Continue reading

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Food stamp ID bill stopped due to threat of loss of federal money

There are a number of lawmakers in the Idaho House and Senate who look for ways to keep federal money out of the state by passing legislation to push back on Washington, D.C. It looks as if they could have … Continue reading

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Report finds new Medicaid payment system could cost millions

A new report by the Idaho Legislature’s watchdog shows that problems with the roll out of Idaho’s new Medicaid payment and processing system could cost the state several millions dollars in advanced payments to providers that may not be returned … Continue reading

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Lawmakers set Medicaid budget with planned-for cuts

Idaho budget writers approved spending for the state’s Medicaid program that includes the $34.6 million in program reductions approved by the Idaho House Thursday. The budget approved by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) actually increases state tax dollars going to … Continue reading

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Idaho budget progressing, but funding for schools, Medicaid loom large

Putting together the next Idaho budget is going according to schedule and with only a few hiccups, though the two biggest slices of state taxpayer funding are still awaiting funding. Public schools and health and welfare spending make up 70 … Continue reading

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Idaho agencies have millions in grants from federal health care reform

The state of Idaho has already spent some of the $3.4 million from the federal government to implement federal health care reforms, often called Obamacare by its critics, amid attacks from elected leaders. The federal government has given grants to … Continue reading

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State funding, economy creating risks for foster care, child welfare

Child welfare and foster care are among many state services receiving a double dose of pain due to the sluggish state economy. As tax revenues remain low, the state attempts to provide services with less funding, but the economic slump … Continue reading

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Administrator says reductions at psych hospitals led to safety risks

Spending at Idaho’s two psychiatric hospitals has dropped by $5 million in the past two years, and the administrator of the hospitals said that’s led to more safety risks and made staff hard pressed to maintain a safe environment. “These … Continue reading

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McGeachin promises more active Health and Welfare Committee in next session

Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, means business. Really. McGeachin, listed as a business owner on her state legislative profile, will be looking to bring her experience in that arena into the halls of the Idaho Capitol come January.  More particularly, … Continue reading

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Medicaid asking for more money for this year and next

Steady increased demand and a sharp decrease in federal funding are contributing to a more than $200 million shortfall in funding for Idaho’s Medicaid program during the next two years. Idaho could be looking at drastic cuts in health services … Continue reading

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