Health care

Primary care bill targets Idaho’s Medicaid gap population

Feb 14th, 2017 | By
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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would create a new state program designed to provide basic health care to Idaho adults who currently don’t have health insurance. The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/2lCjNZJ ) reports that House Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Fred Wood, a Republican from Burley, said Monday that his
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Idaho to stop enforcing telemedicine abortion bans

Jan 23rd, 2017 | By
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By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Women will no longer be banned from receiving abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine in Idaho under a new agreement. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands announced Monday that the lawsuit settlement lifts unnecessary burdens on women seeking safe abortions. “Women in Idaho deserve the
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Idaho exchange’s subsidies at risk under health care repeal

Jan 18th, 2017 | By
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By Kimberlee Kruesi/Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s health insurance exchange would lose $220 million in tax subsidies if President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is repealed, Your Health Idaho Director Pat Kelly said Wednesday. “Depending on what the repeal would look like, that would be the cost to Idaho,” said Kelly, during a
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Insurance equality? States push for cost-free vasectomies

Jan 18th, 2017 | By
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By Mary Esch/Associated Press ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Call it contraception equality. Vasectomies, which are not covered under President Barack Obama’s health care law, are increasingly being included in state measures that would require insurers to provide cost-free coverage of birth control. Backers of laws and proposals in such states as Illinois, Vermont, Maryland and
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Cost and Quality: Alliance aims to heal healthcare’s two great ills

Jan 10th, 2017 | By
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By Sarah Glenn For the Journal POCATELLO – Concerns over cost and efforts to bump up quality have prompted more than 700 area healthcare providers to join a new alliance. Born in 2013, the Portneuf Quality Alliance (PQA) is a group of doctors offices, hospitals, and private companies who, together, aim to improve health outcomes and
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Can’t buy love? Drug price hikes put sex beyond reach

Dec 5th, 2016 | By
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By LINDA A. JOHNSON,  AP Medical Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Imagine not being able to afford one of life’s great pleasures — sex. That’s true for many older couples, doctors say. Soaring prices for prescription medicines for impotence and other problems have put the remedies out of reach for some. Without insurance coverage, Viagra
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Health insurance headache

Nov 30th, 2016 | By
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About 60 percent of Americans get their health insurance from their employer. Are they the lucky ones? By Sarah Glenn/For the Journal POCATELLO – Unemployed, employed, under-employed – no one is immune from health insurance’s recent roller coaster ride. “We almost can’t afford to work,” said Stacey Thorngren. Her husband’s employer doesn’t cover much, the
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Drug Prices Don’t Budge Even After Pressure From Congress

Nov 16th, 2016 | By
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By MATTHEW PERRONE,  AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress’s routine of publicly shaming drug company executives over high prices works no better than a placebo: It may make some people feel better, but it doesn’t treat the problem. In the last two years, House and Senate committees issued more than a dozen subpoenas to
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Early Sign-Ups For Health Care Law Are Steady, But No Surge

Nov 16th, 2016 | By
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By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR,  Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A little more than 1 million people renewed health coverage or signed up for the first time through HealthCare.gov around the start of open enrollment, which coincided with a GOP election sweep likely to scramble President Barack Obama’s signature law. The figures released Wednesday by the Obama
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Insurers hold steady in Idaho

Oct 31st, 2016 | By
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By Lis Stewart, AP Wire Reports At a time when some insurers are pulling back from offering coverage under the Affordable Care Act, new data released this week shows Idaho has managed to keep more insurance companies involved and offering a wide variety of plans through its state-based exchanged, at least compared to the new
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