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[post_thumbnail]House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, is a member of the Legislature's Health Care Task Force. One of the issues facing the task force is expansion of the Medicaid program. According to leaders at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW), the growth in the level of Medicaid benefits consumption within the state has slowed the past couple of…

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[post_thumbnail]Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, is the co-chair of the Legislative Health Care Task Force and has been in the insurance business for more than 20 years. Representatives from three of the health insurance companies whose plans are to be sold on Idaho’s government run insurance exchange met with legislators Monday and all three made it clear that the federal Affordable…

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[post_thumbnail]Sen. Dean Cameron presents education bill on the Senate floor. The Idaho Legislature Thursday passed a bill to fund the state’s K-12 public schools for the 2013-14 school year. Senate Bill 1200, legislation that serves as the funding companion to a bill approved Wednesday dealing with education policy and program legislation, passed in both the Senate and the House as…

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[post_thumbnail]Sen. John Goedde debates against K-12 education budget Wednesday on the Senate Floor. Following a contentious debate lasting more than two hours, the Idaho Senate Wednesday rejected a K-12 public education budget that had been previously approved by the House. The vote was 18-17. “We are caught between the policies of the past, and our desire to improve education going…

The Senate Commerce Committee has approved House Bill 248, the legislation passed in the House of Representatives that would create a state insurance exchange, amid admissions that the exchange will be subject to some federal mandates. “I am here on behalf of Gov. Otter,” noted David Hensley, the governor’s chief of staff, as he formally presented the bill before the…

The Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday unanimously approved legislation that would fund “opportunity grants” for local communities across the state. The bill, according to the head of the Idaho Department of Commerce (IDOC), is intended to attract and retain new businesses to the state. “This has been a year’s worth of work, noted Jeff Sayer, director of the Idaho Department of…

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[post_thumbnail] Rep. Judy Boyle has concerns about personal data collection in state health insurance exchange bill As Gov. Butch Otter’s agenda for a state insurance exchange advances in the Idaho Legislature, there remain concerns by some over how personal information may be collected by an exchange, including information about personal firearms ownership. "I have huge questions about this entire matter,”…