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Idaho CAT fund costs have doubled since 2002 to $53M

Annual medical costs for Idaho’s indigent population doubled since 2002 to nearly $53 million, including both and state funding. The chairman of the Catastrophic Health Care Fund, Roger Christensen, told Joint Finance-Appropriations budget writers Jan. 16 the price tag dipped ...

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Your Health Idaho gets breakdown of enrollees (access required)

Nearly 20,000 Idahoans have selected a health insurance plan with Your Health Idaho, out of about 40,000 people eligible to enroll in a plan. Your Health Idaho, the state’s insurance exchange, released data from the U.S. Department of Health and ...

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Idaho exchange: Enrollees blossom to 20,000

Enrollment in Idaho’s insurance exchange has blossomed after the federal government fixed the website that residents use to sign up for health insurance coverage. Roughly 20,000 people signed up for individual and family coverage in time for it to begin ...

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Med school enrollments rise, but residency spots are limited (access required)

By 2020, the U.S. could find itself more than 90,000 physicians short, according to estimates. Five years later, the shortage could be more than 130,000. An optimistic sign: Nationally, applications and enrollments are increasing at medical schools. But the optimism ...

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In-hospital ads making no headway in Idaho (access required)

Posters pitching products are common in airport terminals, as are rotating signs selling services at the mall. But advertisements inside hospitals? Health-care facilities have historically adopted more somber tones, but many around the nation are changing that tune as advertisers ...

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Politics color governors’ decisions on Medicaid

Partisan politics are coloring governors’ decisions about whether to expand Medicaid in their states, affecting billions of dollars and thousands of low-income people. The question of whether they receive Medicaid coverage may have little to do with need, and much ...

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Idaho allows carriers to reinstate insurance plans

Idaho will let insurance carriers reinstate coverage for thousands of people who were due to have policies canceled under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said Dec. 3 he’s asked insurance carriers to consider reinstating coverage ...

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Montana insurer gets loan to expand into Idaho

A nonprofit health insurer in Montana has been granted another $27 million in federal funding to expand into Idaho. The Montana Health CO-OP announced its potential expansion on Dec. 2, Lee Newspapers of Montana reported. MHC President and CEO Jerry ...

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