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Idaho Gov. Butch Otter joined other GOP governors in marking the one-year anniversary of the enactment federal health care reforms by condemning the plan, but he also supports accepting federal money for planning part of the reforms. Otter issued a statement on the Republican Governors Association website, repeating his charge that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is…

Idaho lawmakers are backing a plan from insurance agents to ask the federal government to strip part of the federal health care reform. Other states are asking for an exception to the federal requirement that health insurance companies spend a certain share of monthly premiums paid in by consumers on actual health costs. So far Idaho has yet to make…

A north Idaho lawmaker wants hospitals, clinics, and health insurance companies to post their costs for popular procedures on a new state-run website, which he says will help people make apples-to-apples comparisons on medical services. The plan is headed for a House vote, despite criticism from doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. “The need for price transparency and disclosure has emerged…

Idaho budget writers Wednesday approved letting a state agency spend money from the federal government for the planning stages of part of the federal health care reform. The Idaho Department of Insurance has a $2.5 million federal grant for planning a health insurance exchange, a government-run system that would help businesses and individuals compare and buy insurance plans. On Wednesday,…

Some former lawmakers will receive extra benefits within the state retirement system thanks to a provision of Idaho Code that defines who can be considered a full-time public employee of the state of Idaho. Public employees, including state legislators, are part of the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI), the agency which administers the state's retirement accounts.  When lawmakers…

State lawmakers may be faced with a budget deficit that could reach $400 million and will be looking to save money wherever they can during the next legislative session, set to begin Jan. 11, 2011.  It is possible legislators could roll back contribution rate increases for the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI), a move that could save the…

At a meeting of the Health Care Task Force at the Statehouse in Boise Monday, Department of Insurance Director Bill Deal said his department will need additional resources in order to implement changes required by federal health care reforms. Work can be complex, he explained, because the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has created "as many as…

At least one Idaho official – the one responsible for insurance -- and the federal government don’t see eye to eye on the health care reform law passed by Congress earlier this year. Department of Insurance Director Bill Deal stated what he sees as the goals of the new federal plan in a department newsletter. “The goal of health care…