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Lawmakers introduce bill to limit public health authority

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of state lawmakers voted to introduce legislation to prevent Idaho public health officials from ordering schools to close or take preventive measures such as requiring masks during public health emergencies. The House Education Committee ...

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Brian Wonderlich joins Blue Cross of Idaho

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Brian Wonderlich will join Blue Cross of Idaho as the organization’s general counsel on January 1. He recently served as general counsel to Gov. Brad Little. He brings nearly 20 years of legal experience, including almost a decade as an ...

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Idaho governor orders vaccine distribution transparency

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Thursday ordered the state’s seven public health districts and providers to regularly report the number of coronavirus vaccine doses they have received and administered to increase transparency. The Republican governor issued ...

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How many vaccinations has Idaho given? It’s not simple (access required)

National news outlets are not reporting accurate Idaho vaccine data. Much of the blame for this is due to both data entry delays and from using data from U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention instead of from the State of ...

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Analysis: Idaho hospital price transparency lacks clarity (access required)

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A new health care transparency rule went into effect on Jan.1, requiring hospitals to publish all prices, including those negotiated with private insurers. Hospitals have implemented the new rule around the state with some highly variable results. The new rule ...

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Rockefeller Foundation awards Crush the Curve Idaho (access required)

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The venerable Rockefeller Foundation awarded Crush the Curve Idaho with a grant of $200,000 to buy thermometers for schools. Crush the Curve announced the grant on Jan. 13. The nonprofit will use the funds to buy 10,000 Kinsa smart thermometers, ...

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Idaho senators warned of possible COVID-19 exposure

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers in the Idaho Senate have been told to monitor their health after a Senate staffer tested positive for COVID-19, but that the Senate will continue operating, a leading state lawmaker said Tuesday. Senate President Pro-Tem ...

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Idaho updates its COVID-19 vaccination rollout plans (access required)

Governor Brad Little at his Jan. 12 announcement of updates to Idaho's vaccination program. Screen shot by Catie Clark.

In back-to-back statements, Governor Brad Little and officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced important updates on the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Idaho. The most important item was that Idaho has established an order of group ...

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Public health is for patriots, too, says Idaho legislator

A common refrain heard from the chorus of folks who view public health measures as an affront to their rights is, “What would the founders think?” While speculating about the hypothetical political opinions of people who died a quarter-millennium ago ...

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A word with Christina Cernansky of NAMI Idaho (access required)

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An issue that touches health care, corrections and education is that of mental illness. A national organization called NAMI is intended to help that. NAMI stands for the National Alliance for Mental Illness and represents individuals and families affected by ...

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