Tag Archives: Tom Shanahan

Like Oregon, Idaho got some food stamp bonus money

The conservative news site Drudge Report has reported that the state of Oregon received $5 million in “bonus” money for getting residents there on the food stamp program. As it turns out, Idaho got some cash, too, though not as much as … Continue reading

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Utah could provide Gem State a path to curbing growing Medicaid costs

Idaho’s neighbor to the south, Utah, could show the Gem State a path to curbing ever-rising Medicaid costs while, two Utah legislators believe, improving health service delivery performance. The Utah Legislature passed a plan to reform Medicaid this year with unanimous … Continue reading

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Idaho food stamp growth saw massive drop in June

Though food stamp enrollment numbers have been growing steadily in the Gem State in the past few years, officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) told IdahoReporter.com last week that the month of June saw the smallest increase in … Continue reading

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Governor’s office approves millions in health reform grants

When Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed an executive order blocking the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), referred to by some as Obamacare, it didn’t slam the door completely on the multi-billion federal program.  The governor … Continue reading

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Project Filter spends thousands on ads for rodeos, race cars, and dirt bikes

A campaign aimed at lowering smoking rates in the Gem State is spending thousands of dollars on ads for race cars, motocross events, and rodeos, according to records obtained by IdahoReporter.com. Two officials with the department overseeing the effort says the … Continue reading

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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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Dems’ 1,000 job loss claim based on math formula, not hard data

It’s the claim that just kept coming: House Bill 260 will cause the loss of at least 1,000 private sector jobs in Idaho if passed. The claim made its way into debate in House and Senate committee and floor debate, … Continue reading

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Food stamp identification bill runs into problems on House floor

On Tuesday, members of the Idaho House were supposed to vote on a bill to mandate that those on federal food stamps present identification when purchasing groceries, but House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, said the bill had run into … Continue reading

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Rally speaker can’t directly link Medicaid cuts to death claims

On Saturday, Jim Baugh, a member of the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities, spoke at a rally of more than 1,000 people and encouraged state lawmakers to raise taxes to avoid cuts to state health program. During his address, Baugh … Continue reading

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