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New federal rules expand access to association health insurance (access required)

The federal government plans to loosen the rules regarding associations’ ability to offer health insurance, a move that some say could provide new options and others view as a potential issue for the insurance market. President Donald Trump last October ...

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A word with Susan and Sandy Loyd of Tin Roof Tacos (access required)

Susan and Sandy Loyd are the owners of Tin Roof Tacos, a restaurant east of downtown Boise that they started in January 2016. The quick-service restaurant, which has tables, outdoor seating, and beer and wine, has taken hold quickly in ...

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Idaho moves ahead with possible grizzly bear hunting season

Idaho officials have started the process of opening a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male grizzly. The Fish and Game Commission in a 7-0 vote March 22 directed the Department of Fish ...

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Budget deal includes wildfire disaster fund to end borrowing

A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years. The bill sets aside more than $20 ...

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Idaho has Top 10 fastest-growing U.S. cities from north to south

Five Idaho cities made various Top 10 fastest-growing metropolitan and micropolitan area lists released March 22 by the U.S. Census Bureau in the wake of the bureau’s December announcement that Idaho is the No. 1 fastest-growing state. Coeur d’Alene and ...

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Idaho bill to provide health insurance for poor stalls again

An Idaho health care proposal to provide insurance to the state’s neediest population met its death once again on March 21. Repeating the actions taken earlier this year, House lawmakers sidestepped debating the merits of the health care bill by ...

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For some companies, self-insurance can help keep costs down (access required)

With the costs of providing health insurance to employees continuously on the rise, some employers find themselves considering self-insurance, which, for the right kind of company, can be a more cost-effective way of offering such benefits. According to a 2017 ...

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