Health care

Judge dismisses Idaho lawsuit over telemedicine abortion ban

May 12th, 2017 | By
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By Kimberlee Kruesi /Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging two anti-abortion laws in Idaho now that lawmakers have repealed the targeted statutes. In 2015, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands sued the state over two newly enacted bans that prohibited women from receiving
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Proposed Idaho med school to begin construction

May 8th, 2017 | By
Students gather outside the Idaho State University Health Sciences building at the Meridian campus. Idaho’s new for-profit medical school will be based on the campus. (Photo courtesy of Idaho State University)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposed for-profit osteopathic medical school in Idaho can begin construction after receiving the necessary approval from a national accreditation agency. Officials announced Thursday that the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine had received its pre-accreditation status. This allows the school plans to break ground May 17 and open its doors
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Nevada coalition seeks unprecedented insulin refund law

May 1st, 2017 | By
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By Alison Noon /Associated Press CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Aiming to rein in soaring prescription drug prices, an unlikely Nevada coalition is trying to force pharmaceutical companies to disclose how they set insulin prices — and issue refunds to diabetics or their insurance companies if annual price hikes surpass inflation. Las Vegas casino owners
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Lobbying by hospitals, doctors, slows GOP health care drive

May 1st, 2017 | By
Doctor

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar/Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — “Obamacare” is showing surprising staying power, thanks in large part to doctors, hospitals and other health industry players opposing the alternatives that Republicans have proposed. The stories and perspectives they bring to the debate are grounded in the local community and the impact on finances and well-being. But also
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Gov. Otter vetoes 2 state employee benefit bills

Mar 28th, 2017 | By
Otto Kitsinger/Associated Press
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
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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
Doctor

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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