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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) cost-sharing plan for a Medicaid program is slightly ahead of projections and is bringing in more dollars than expected. During the 2010 legislative session, DHW staffers told state lawmakers that the agency could save $200,000 in the Medicaid budget by implementing a plan asking parents of some severely disabled children for a…

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW), which administers the Medicaid program in the state, is seeing additional dollars coming into its office from billing of parents for in-home services provided to children who, without the extra care, would be forced to be institutionalized because of their disabilities.  In June, the department reported having billed 188 families in May…

When officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) testified before state lawmakers in early 2010 pitching changes to a children's Medicaid program, they told legislators that they believed their proposed changes could bring in as much $200,000 in additional revenue to the state, or about $16,600 monthly.  After receiving approval for the change, the department enacted rules…

Idaho lawmakers last year directed the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) to find ways to save money in the state's Medicaid program.  The department developed a policy that includes cost-sharing for the parents of special needs children on Medicaid, which lawmakers approved earlier this year.  On May 1, those changes go into effect, and some parents will be required to spend more for the care…

A controversial plan to raise fees on parents of disabled children finally received committee approval Wednesday after a month-long wait for a decision on the issue.  Members of the House Health and Welfare Committee voted to approve the measure because the fee increases are only temporary and are not technically enforceable by the state. The changes proposed by the Idaho Department…

Members of the House Health and Welfare Committee put on a fiery display for the public Friday when the panel held votes on acceptance of subcommittee votes.  The process, which is typically a mundane procedure, ignited emotional reactions from several lawmakers, including Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, and Rep. Janice McGeachin, R-Idaho Falls.  Both left the room abruptly in the middle…