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On April 20, Gov. Butch Otter signed an executive order preventing implementation  in Idaho of Obamacare, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The order is intended to prevent state agencies from entering into agreements with or accepting money from the federal government in matters related to the federal health care legislation. However, it is possible some of…

A new report by the Idaho Legislature's watchdog shows that problems with the roll out of Idaho's new Medicaid payment and processing system could cost the state several millions dollars in advanced payments to providers that may not be returned and lowered reimbursements from the federal government due to delays in payments. The report by the Office of Performance Evaluations…

Idaho budget writers approved spending for the state's Medicaid program that includes the $34.6 million in program reductions approved by the Idaho House Thursday. The budget approved by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) actually increases state tax dollars going to Medicaid by $137 million, a 46 percent jump. That's due to a decrease in the share of Medicaid paid by…

Putting together the next Idaho budget is going according to schedule and with only a few hiccups, though the two biggest slices of state taxpayer funding are still awaiting funding. Public schools and health and welfare spending make up 70 percent of the budget, but lawmakers on the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee (JFAC) aren't planning on setting either budget until at…

The state of Idaho has already spent some of the $3.4 million from the federal government to implement federal health care reforms, often called Obamacare by its critics, amid attacks from elected leaders. The federal government has given grants to Idaho's Department of Health and Welfare and Department of Insurance for several projects that are part of the Patient Protection…

Spending at Idaho's two psychiatric hospitals has dropped by $5 million in the past two years, and the administrator of the hospitals said that's led to more safety risks and made staff hard pressed to maintain a safe environment. “These are disturbing trends and underscore the difficult balance the hospitals are trying to achieve,” said Kathleen Allyn, the administrator of…

Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, means business. Really. McGeachin, listed as a business owner on her state legislative profile, will be looking to bring her experience in that arena into the halls of the Idaho Capitol come January.  More particularly, McGeachin as the chairman of the committee, wants to reform the way the House Health and Welfare Committee conducts its…

Steady increased demand and a sharp decrease in federal funding are contributing to a more than $200 million shortfall in funding for Idaho's Medicaid program during the next two years. Idaho could be looking at drastic cuts in health services to balance its Medicaid budget, according to the Department of Health and Welfare (DHW). Medicaid is facing a projected $42.3…