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New St. Luke’s position brings departments together

Theresa McLeod, formerly an assistant to Boise Mayor David Bieter, is now working at St. Luke’s Health System in a newly created position: director of community relations. Each of St. Luke’s service lines – departments such as cardiology or pediatrics, ...

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Idaho officials launch health insurance website

Idaho officials have launched a website for the state’s health insurance exchange. The Spokesman-Review reports that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Idaho Exchange Executive Director Amy Dowd announced the website at a news conference August 20. The website can be ...

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State-run exchange on track for October launch

In a story Aug. 11 about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, The Associated Press reported erroneously on details of the implementation of the law in Idaho. The story mistakenly stated in the headline that the state-run health insurance ...

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Obamacare is good medicine for PEOs (access required)

While it’s too soon to identify all of the winners of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, here’s one early contender: professional employer organizations.

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Idaho exchange director: Expect streamlined portal

A tight deadline to get Idaho's health insurance exchange running means its designers are aiming for a streamlined, straightforward web site to greet consumers when they log in for the first time come Oct. 1, the date enrollment begins as part of President Barack Obama's plan to make sure most Americans have insurance coverage.

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Medicaid expansion savings add up for Idaho, business group says (access required)

The business lobby group Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry predicts Idaho would pay between $108 million and $114 million less in Medicaid costs in 2015 if the state expands the program. For proponents of expanding Medicaid, which would add ...

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Employers win more time to comply with ACA rules

Some Idaho businesses see a delay in implementation of the Affordable Care Act as a reprieve. Others view the delay, to the “pay or play” provision of the ACA, as a headache. The health care reform provision requiring larger employers ...

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Idaho exchange board: Average policy costs $240 monthly

Health insurance policies sold via Idaho’s insurance exchange starting Jan. 1 will cost around $240 monthly, a figure based on packages submitted so far to the state Department of Insurance by insurers aiming to participate. The figure, announced June 27 ...

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St. Luke’s wants to share its successful wellness program (access required)

It took St. Luke’s nearly 15 years to find the “magical” combination that would get almost all its employees engaged with the health giant’s wellness program. In the past two years, executives at St. Luke’s Health System think they’ve found ...

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