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Senate panel votes to exempt Census jobs from welfare qualification criteria

Senators vote to exempt census money from income limits for welfare programs Members of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted Wednesday to approve rules that would prevent money earned by working for the U.S. Census Bureau during its once-in-every-decade … Continue reading

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DHW slightly ahead of fiscal projections on Medicaid cost-sharing program

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) cost-sharing plan for a Medicaid program is slightly ahead of projections and is bringing in more dollars than expected. During the 2010 legislative session, DHW staffers told state lawmakers that the agency … Continue reading

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DHW will propose $5,000 asset test in next legislative session

The Idaho Department of Welfare (DHW) will soon ask state lawmakers to approve an increase in the amount of hard assets a person or family can own while still being deemed eligible for federal food aid. Tom Shanahan, spokesman for … Continue reading

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Health and Welfare sees more dollars coming in from children’s Medicaid program

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW), which administers the Medicaid program in the state, is seeing additional dollars coming into its office from billing of parents for in-home services provided to children who, without the extra care, would … Continue reading

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Health and Welfare spokesman: Thayn can work a day in our shoes if he wants

There’s a rift developing between state Rep. Steve Thayn, R-Emmett, and employees with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) after Thayn, in a previous story on IdahoReporter.com, implied that agency employees want to avoid additional work.  Several DHW … Continue reading

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Thayn called out by Health and Welfare workers over comments in news story

Some workers in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) are in an uproar after reading comments made by state Rep. Steve Thayn, R-Emmett, in a recent story posted at IdahoReporter.com about federal food stamps.  Some DHW staffers feel … Continue reading

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Health and Welfare official confirms department has started drug abuser study

An  official with Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) confirmed Tuesday that the department has started work on a controversial drug abuser study commissioned earlier in the year by state lawmakers.  The study, the official confirmed, will likely be … Continue reading

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GOP lawmakers willing to examine adjusting asset test for food stamps

Earlier this week, IdahoReporter.com found that a test that decides who can and cannot receive federal food stamps hasn’t been altered or adjusted for inflation in more than 24 years.  Several Republican lawmakers who sit on the House Health and Welfare … Continue reading

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Health and Welfare says asset test hasn’t been adjusted in at least 24 years

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has been responsible for determining  just how many assets a family owns before letting them apply for food stamps.  As it turns out, the fiscal cap on how many assets a family … Continue reading

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Change to children’s Medicaid program brings in fewer dollars than expected in first month

When officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) testified before state lawmakers in early 2010 pitching changes to a children’s Medicaid program, they told legislators that they believed their proposed changes could bring in as much $200,000 … Continue reading

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