Another Medicaid complication: Loss of Medicare funds due to Obamacare

September 18, 2014 Austin Hill

As recently as last month many health care industry experts were predicting that if the Medicaid program is not expanded, hospitals in the Gem State would lose $500 million in…

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Pension board eliminates rate hikes, boosts some payouts by 4 percent

September 16, 2014 Dustin Hurst

Governments at all levels will face lower-than-expected retirement costs through the next few years after the state’s pension board decided against increases in the amount cities and counties pay for…

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PERSI frees up $7.7 million for cities and fire districts with pension payment reduction

September 16, 2014 Dustin Hurst

Cities and fire districts had a huge weight lifted from their shoulders Tuesday after the state’s pension oversight board voted to reduce the amount those entities pay for some firefighters’…

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BSU: No guns confiscated by security at first football game

September 16, 2014 Dustin Hurst

Boise State University (BSU) collected no weapons of any kind while implementing new security procedures during the school’s first football game of the year, a records request revealed Monday. That…

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United Vision for Idaho uses YouTube to make its case for Medicaid expansion

September 15, 2014 Dustin Hurst

United Vision for Idaho (UVI), the face of the state’s progressive movement, is pushing lawmakers to expand Medicaid, an option under Obamacare. In a recent YouTube video, UVI featured Bruce…

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U.S. Chamber: Idaho schools average, lacking in choice

September 12, 2014 Dustin Hurst

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation gave Idaho middling marks for the state’s school system, including poor grades for school choice and teacher quality. The chamber graded each state on…

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Idaho lawmakers question need for BSU football stadium metal detectors

September 10, 2014 Dustin Hurst

Two Idaho lawmakers want Boise State University to explain why it installed metal detectors at each entrance of the school’s football stadium. Rep. Robert Anderst, R-Nampa, told IdahoReporter.com Tuesday that…

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Idaho Medicaid roster expansion figures vary from 103,000 to 150,000

September 09, 2014 Austin Hill

The estimates that Gem State analysts have offered as to how many new recipients an expanded Medicaid program might attract have been moving downward during the past 18 months, despite…

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Hartgen: Retirement board should take conservative approach to payouts, assessments

September 08, 2014 Dustin Hurst

A key lawmaker wants the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho’s (PERSI) oversight board to take a conservative approach to some big decisions it could make at its Sept. 16…

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Retroactive coverage will be a factor in debate over Medicaid expansion

September 05, 2014 Austin Hill

In the aftermath of Gov. Butch Otter's Medicaid task force recommending for the second time in two years that the federal welfare program be expanded, some members of Idaho's Legislature…

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