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GOP lawmaker touts Medicaid expansion

A House Republican will introduce a measure March 14 seeking to expand Idaho’s Medicaid program, a key provision in President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul. Rep. Tom Loertscher of Bone said March 12 he’ll introduce two bills: One dissolving Idaho’s ...

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St. Luke’s hit with second antitrust lawsuit, this one by government (access required)

The Federal Trade Commission and the Idaho attorney general have jumped into an antitrust case against St. Luke’s, Idaho’s largest health care provider. A similar case had been filed in late 2012 by St. Luke’s competitors in Nampa, Saint Alphonsus ...

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No Idaho companies have applied for insurance review status (access required)

External reviews of health insurance decisions are gradually increasing in Idaho as more consumers turn to the process rather than to courts to get an independent evaluation of denied claims. Requests for an external review grew from 13 in 2010 ...

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Personal property tax elimination could put the squeeze on some Idaho hospitals (access required)

As Idaho Legislators consider whether to try to eliminate Idaho’s business personal property tax this year, one small group is watching closely: the district hospitals that could lose thousands of dollars. “Most hospitals in the state are not affected,” said ...

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Court upholds right of faith-based health cost programs to operate (access required)

An Idaho Supreme Court decision this month will enable health care cost sharing organizations to operate in the state. They present an inexpensive but risky option for meeting the coming federal insurance mandate. The Supreme Court on Feb. 25 overturned ...

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New HIPAA rule means big changes for doctors, hospitals (access required)

Doctors, hospitals, other medical providers and companies who do business with them are facing big changes as a result of new HIPAA regulations. The new rule will keep lawyers busy counseling entities covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability ...

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Medical marijuana proposal would mean new industry in Idaho (access required)

Advocates for a medical marijuana program in Idaho are beginning a new campaign to get the issue in front of voters by 2014 and possibly create a new, for-profit industry in the state. Compassionate Idaho, a nonprofit leading efforts to ...

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Incentives help increase employee wellness (access required)

To engage employees in a company wellness program, wellness experts say it pays to hit employees where it hurts: right in the pocketbook. “Everybody wants to be healthy … but we need the tools and the resources and the support ...

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Red states including Idaho get health care nod from Obama

Injecting a rare shot of bipartisanship in the nation’s contentious health care overhaul, the Obama administration Jan. 3 cleared four Republican-led states to build their own consumer-friendly insurance markets. With open enrollment for millions of uninsured Americans just nine months ...

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