Health care

Gov. Otter vetoes 2 state employee benefit bills

Mar 28th, 2017 | By
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Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter speaks to reporters about the upcoming 2016 legislative session at the State Capitol building on Thursday in Boise. The new session begins Monday.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has vetoed his first pieces of legislation of sent to him by the Legislature. On Friday, Otter nixed a proposal requiring the state to offer state employee health insurance plans that utilize health savings accounts, or HSAs. Otter criticized the bill for having too many complications, arguing
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Retailers Ask House to ‘Close the Book’ on Obamacare by Passing Repeal-and-Replace Legislation

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

By The National Retail Federation Commentary WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation today urged the House to approve Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation expected to come up for a vote this week, and said the issue would be counted as a key vote in its annual voting scorecard. “It is time now to finally close the book
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No opioids, please: Clearing the way to refuse prescriptions

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
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By Susan Haigh/Associated Press HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The ease of relapsing into opioid addiction has led a growing number of states to help residents make it clear to medical professionals they do not want to be prescribed the powerful painkillers. Connecticut and Alaska are two of the latest considering legislation this year that would
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GOP health law could impact Idaho exchange enrollment

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
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By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A plan from congressional Republicans to replace President Barack Obama’s health care law could result in a mass exodus from the Idaho’s online health insurance exchange, state officials said Friday. Almost 60,000 Idahoans could leave the exchange by 2020 under the new proposal due to the loss
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Idaho lawmakers introduce new health care plan

Mar 20th, 2017 | By

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho House legislative leaders have introduced a last-minute health care plan to provide basic services the state’s neediest population. The plan has three main features. First, it would launch a new program for uninsured Idahoans or for those Medicaid to receive to receive coordinated care services. Second, hospitals would be directed
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Already in peril, rural hospitals unsure on health care bill

Mar 20th, 2017 | By
Michael O'Donnell/Idaho State Journal
The ISU Foundation is talking to the Portneuf Health Care Foundation about the possible purchase of the old hospital complex on Memorial Drive in Pocatello.

By Russ Bynum, Rebecca Santana and Kathleen Foody/Associated Press CLAXTON, Ga. (AP) — Talmadge Yarbrough had just sat down at his desk and opened a box of pecans when he let out a gasp that could have been his last breath. He’d gone into cardiac arrest in his office, a co-worker called 911, and an
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FDA OKs new Novartis drug for type of advanced breast cancer

Mar 13th, 2017 | By

By Linda A. Johnson/ AP Medical Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators have approved a new drug as an initial treatment for postmenopausal women with a type of advanced breast cancer. The drug, called Kisqali and developed by Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG, is a pill that works to slow the spread of cancer by blocking
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Most Americans don’t know how much sugar is healthy

Mar 8th, 2017 | By
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Journal Staff SAN FRANCISCO — has completed a survey of over 3,000 Americans on their attitudes, habits and knowledge on the effects of sugar on the body. Using the American Heart Association’s recommended daily allowances for sugar consumption as a reference point, Healthline’s survey found that most people are eating too much sugar but
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Proposal to repeal abortion laws heads to Idaho House

Mar 6th, 2017 | By

By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposal to reverse two anti-abortion laws in Idaho is headed to the House floor for debate after being approved on Monday at the committee level by lawmakers hesitant to loosen the state’s tough anti-abortion stance. Earlier this year, a federal judge agreed to give the Idaho
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Bill telling women abortion can be halted introduced

Mar 2nd, 2017 | By

By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho Senate panel introduced legislation on Wednesday requiring the state to distribute information telling women that a drug-induced abortion may be halted halfway through, despite physicians warning there’s not enough science backing up that claim. Sen. Lori Den Hartog, a Republican from Meridian, says the goal
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