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Otter’s exchange choice at Idaho lawmakers’ mercy

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s decision next week on what kind of insurance exchange the state should adopt remains at the mercy of lawmakers who return to Boise on Jan. 7 for the 2013 session, Republican legislative leaders said. Otter has ...

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Otter may take another month on exchange decision

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said Nov. 16 that he’ll spend up to another month deciding whether Idaho will build its own health insurance exchange – or opt for an exchange created by the federal government. The U.S. Department of Health ...

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Idaho panel: Expand Medicaid to cover more poor

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and the Legislature should broaden Idaho’s Medicaid program to cover more than 100,000 additional low-income residents, but insist on tying the expansion to a benefit program that improves care, boosts personal accountability and reduces costs. That ...

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ZoomCare enters urgent care market (access required)

ZoomCare, a network of urgent care health centers in Oregon and Washington, has opened its first Idaho location in Boise and plans to expand. The health care provider differentiates itself by offering a flat rate of $105 for most visits. ...

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Physician-owned hospitals shift strategy (access required)

Nestled in the pages of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are restrictions on the establishment and growth of physician-owned hospitals that have forced some Idaho hospitals to rethink their business models. The restrictions amend the Stark Law, three ...

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First lawsuits filed over meningitis outbreak (access required)

The first lawsuits have been filed by plaintiffs claiming they have experienced symptoms of meningitis or contracted the bacterial infection after receiving contaminated steroid injections distributed by a Massachusetts-based company. In addition to four cases in Minnesota, at least two ...

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Expert: Idaho has no time for state exchange

Idaho has run out of time to establish a state-run insurance exchange that’s required by President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, meaning working with the federal government on an alternative is virtually unavoidable. That’s according to a consultant advising a ...

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Time for businesses to prepare for health care changes

The federal health care overhaul was passed in 2010, but businesses and health care organizations are still waiting for many of the provisions of the law to go into effect, including parts that were upheld and modified by the U.S. ...

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Tax penalty to hit nearly 6 million uninsured people

Nearly 6 million Americans — significantly more than first estimated— will face a tax penalty under President Barack Obama’s health overhaul for not getting insurance, congressional analysts said Sept. 19. Most would be in the middle class. The new estimate ...

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With health care, big changes ahead for employers (access required)

Since the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in June, businesses across Idaho have been adapting to a changed health care landscape and preparing for even bigger transformations. A few major changes are in store for ...

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