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Several Idaho lawmakers say they aren’t shocked by the 126 layoffs and nine office closures planned at the Department of Health and Welfare (DHW), with some saying similar action at other state agencies could be coming. Sen. Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, said he’s not surprised by the closures.  “You hate to see people laid off and you hate to see offices…

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) announced Tuesday that it will shut down nine of its 29 offices across the state within the next two months.  DHW will also lay off 126 state employees, including 32 in administrative offices in Boise.  The closures and layoffs should save DHW $7 million and meet its reduced budget for staffing and…

Among the areas of state spending hit hard by the reductions to the Idaho budget were health and human services.  Almost $1 out of every $5 paid in state taxes goes to these programs.  During the past two years, state funding for the Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and other health programs like public health districts has dropped 25…

The Idaho Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved a plan that could reduce the state’s spending on Medicaid by $3.4 million, which would be a part of the $42 million to $47 million in reductions needed to balance the state budget.  The plan is one of several key pieces of legislation lawmakers say they’ll need to pass before they can…

One item of business that Idaho lawmakers still need to take up is a proposal that would limit Medicaid costs paid by the state and federal government.  The Idaho House approved a plan that would reduce reimbursements to health care providers that treat people on Medicaid and try to reduce prescription drug costs.  The proposal could save the state more…

Idaho lawmakers have approved the spending plan for parts of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW), which includes a reduction in state funding for Medicaid.  Spending for health and human services is the second largest item in the Idaho state budget, trailing only education spending.  Medical assistance programs, including Medicaid, take up approximately 75 percent of DHW’s budget,…

Private hospitals are agreeing to pay $25 million in assessments to the state of Idaho in order to ensure federal funding through Medicaid.  The Idaho Senate approved the proposal Thursday, which now heads to the governor.  The $25 million is part of the plan lawmakers used in balancing the state budget. Idaho Hospital Association President Steve Millard said during a…

The Idaho Legislature will ask the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) to study the potential cost and legal hurdles to start random drug testing for people receiving public assistance.   On a 19-16 vote, the Idaho Senate Tuesday narrowly approved a resolution asking for the study.  The House approved the resolution March 8. Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, said…

A resolution asking the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) to look into random drug testing for people applying for public assistance will see a Senate vote, after the Senate State Affairs Committee approved sending it forward Friday. The resolution would ask DHW to study the cost of a random drug testing program and report back to the Legislature…