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A new health insurance program could mean that 100,000 more Idahoans would end up with government-paid health coverage. That was the sentiment Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong shared with members of the House Health and Welfare Committee at a special meeting in the Capitol Thursday. The meeting, called by committee chair Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls, was…

U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador sided with Republicans last week in stopping funding for health insurance exchanges, which are state-level websites or portals that would help individuals and small businesses buy health insurance. Under the 2010 federal reform plan, states must have exchanges up and running by 2014, but halting funding for states to plan their exchanges could…

Rep. Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot, isn't money hungry, but he thinks other lawmakers may be. Lake, chairman of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee, made waves in Idaho politics a few weeks ago when he said he would allow a hearing for a bill that would increase the tax on cigarettes in Idaho up to $1.50. The Blackfoot Republican told IdahoReporter.com Wednesday…