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Senators vote to exempt census money from income limits for welfare programs Members of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted Wednesday to approve rules that would prevent money earned by working for the U.S. Census Bureau during its once-in-every-decade count of the American population from being counted toward income eligibility limits for two social welfare programs. An official with…

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 Welfare (DHW) will soon ask state lawmakers to approve an increase in the amount of hard assets a person or family can own while still being deemed eligible for federal food aid. Tom Shanahan, spokesman for DHW, told IdahoReporter.com Monday that his department will submit a plan to Idaho lawmakers in the next legislative session to increase…

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…

An  official with Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) confirmed Tuesday that the department has started work on a controversial drug abuser study commissioned earlier in the year by state lawmakers.  The study, the official confirmed, will likely be completed well before the start of the 2011 legislative session, the date by which lawmakers ordered the study be concluded.…

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…