Health care

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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Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes

Oct 24th, 2016 | By
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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
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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
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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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