Health care

Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes

Oct 24th, 2016 | By
health insurance

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR/Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama’s health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That’s sure to stoke another “Obamacare” controversy days before a presidential election. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark
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Close the gap? Some Idaho lawmakers remain unconvinced about Medicaid expansion

Aug 29th, 2016 | By
health insurance

By Betsy Z. Russell,  Spokesman-Review Staff Writer BOISE – Even after months of hearings, overwhelmingly positive public comments and stacks of statistics showing Idaho would save millions, some state lawmakers remain reluctant to accept federal Medicaid expansion funds to close the state’s health coverage gap. “I am not for Medicaid expansion,” said Rep. Judy Boyle,
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Health insurer Aetna backs off ACA expansion plans

Aug 2nd, 2016 | By
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By Tom Murphy/ AP Health Writer Aetna is calling off its public insurance exchange expansion plans for next year, as it becomes the latest big insurer to cast doubt on the future of a key element of the Affordable Care Act. The nation’s third largest insurer said Tuesday that significant challenges faced by the state-based
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Idaho lawmakers get full-time health coverage for part-time jobs

Jul 27th, 2016 | By
A bicyclist rides in front of the Idaho Capitol in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

The Idaho Statesman Amid the Idaho Legislature’s latest discussion on how the state will address health care needs of the working poor, a reader wrote to ask: What health benefits do state lawmakers receive? Here are the vitals: Lawmakers are eligible for the same benefits package available to all state employees. Though Idaho’s 105 legislators
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Ketchum: Buy local produce, get YMCA day pass

Jul 27th, 2016 | By
Rich and Elissa Novy examine an Icelandic Poppy plant from Green Thumb Nursery at last year’s season opening of the Portneuf Valley Farmers Market behind the Old Town Pavillion on North Main Street in Pocatello. The Farmers Market will open this Saturday.

Associated Press KETCHUM — A new partnership between Local Food Alliance, Wood River Community YMCA and Wood River Farmers Market is providing an incentive for community members to purchase fresh, locally-grown food. Now through Oct. 13, shoppers who purchase $15 or more at Wood River Farmers Market in Ketchum or Hailey will receive a free
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Feds say health mergers would increase costs, threaten care

Jul 21st, 2016 | By
health insurance

By Tom Murphy and Eric Tucker/Associated Press WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Federal regulators are suing to stop two major health insurance mergers because they say the deals will increase health care costs for Americans and lower the quality of care they get. The Department of Justice said Thursday that the combinations of Aetna and Humana
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Idaho healthcare task force seeks input

Jul 21st, 2016 | By
health insurance

Journal Staff BOISE – This summer and fall, a legislative task force will prepare policy recommendations on health care coverage for Idahoans in the health care coverage gap. These recommendations will be considered by the Legislature during the 2017 session.  The task force invites members of the public to submit comments and information for the
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Study: Insurers’ spending on costly meds soared from 2003-14

Jul 7th, 2016 | By
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By Linda A. Johnson/AP Medical Writer TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The latest study of medicine prices finds U.S. insurers’ spending on expensive prescription drugs nearly quadrupled from 2003 through 2014, when the number of such prescriptions filled tripled. Spending on expensive “specialty” drugs by commercial insurance plans jumped from 11 percent of spending on all
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Idaho dental contract contested on claims of unfair bidding

Jun 16th, 2016 | By
Blue Cross

By Betsy Russell/ The Spokesman-Review BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A $50 million-a-year state contract to provide dental insurance coverage for Idaho’s poor is on hold amid complaints of unfair bidding competition. Blue Cross had held Idaho’s Medicaid dental contract since 2010, but lost its hold on the program serving 277,000 people to Florida-based MCNA Dental, which
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Number of Idaho uninsured declines

May 31st, 2016 | By

Staff Report The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released the latest National Health Interview Survey. The survey shows that the uninsured rate for all ages fell to 9.1 percent in 2015, making it the first year in our nation’s history that fewer than 1 in 10 Americans lacked health insurance. In addition, the
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