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The conservative news site Drudge Report has reported that the state of Oregon received $5 million in "bonus" money for getting residents there on the food stamp program. As it turns out, Idaho got some cash, too, though not as much as the Beaver State. According to Idaho Department of Health and Welfare spokesman Tom Shanahan, the Gem State took in more…

Idaho's neighbor to the south, Utah, could show the Gem State a path to curbing ever-rising Medicaid costs while, two Utah legislators believe, improving health service delivery performance. The Utah Legislature passed a plan to reform Medicaid this year with unanimous support from Republicans and Democrats. The plan includes moving to a managed care system, capping future spending, tying program growth…

Though food stamp enrollment numbers have been growing steadily in the Gem State in the past few years, officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) told IdahoReporter.com last week that the month of June saw the smallest increase in new enrollees in many months. Tom Shanahan, spokesman for DHW, reported that only 168 new people joined the food stamp…

When Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed an executive order blocking the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), referred to by some as Obamacare, it didn’t slam the door completely on the multi-billion federal program.  The governor allowed state agencies and employees to ask for his approval on a waiver to follow parts of the program, including…

A campaign aimed at lowering smoking rates in the Gem State is spending thousands of dollars on ads for race cars, motocross events, and rodeos, according to records obtained by IdahoReporter.com. Two officials with the department overseeing the effort says the dollars are funds well-spent. The campaign, formally Project Filter, is funded through three different sources: federal dollars from the Center for…

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…