Health http://boisestatepublicradio.org en State Auditors: Idaho Misspent $2.5 Million In Welfare Funds http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/state-auditors-idaho-misspent-25-million-welfare-funds <p></p><p>State auditors say the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare misspent $2.5 million in federal funding on salaries instead of using it for food stamps and other assistance for Idaho's poorest residents.</p><p>The finding by the Office of Performance Evaluation was part of the state's annual audit of how federal cash is used.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:01:54 +0000 Associated Press 42817 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org State Auditors: Idaho Misspent $2.5 Million In Welfare Funds St. Luke's Gets $10 Million Bill After Failed Lawsuit http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/st-lukes-gets-10-million-bill-after-failed-lawsuit <p></p><p>St. Luke's Health System has been handed a $10 million bill <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-rules-against-st-lukes-antitrust-case">for a lawsuit the hospital lost</a>, according to the <em>Idaho Statesman</em>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:35:52 +0000 Samantha Wright 41948 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org St. Luke's Gets $10 Million Bill After Failed Lawsuit Mixed News For Northwest Exchanges As Enrollment Deadline Approaches http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/mixed-news-northwest-exchanges-enrollment-deadline-approaches <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/03/031314CL_exchanges_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>You only have until the end of this month to sign up for coverage using one of the new health insurance exchanges.<p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:17:00 +0000 Chris Lehman 41681 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Mixed News For Northwest Exchanges As Enrollment Deadline Approaches 44,000 Idahoans Sign Up On Insurance Exchange As Deadline Nears http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/44000-idahoans-sign-insurance-exchange-deadline-nears <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says nearly 44,000 Idahoans have selected a health insurance plan on <a href="http://www.yourhealthidaho.org/" target="_blank">Your Health Idaho</a>.</p><p>The agency says Idaho remains second in the nation per capita for the number of people selecting plans on the exchange.</p><p>The latest numbers show a 33 percent increase from one month ago.</p><p>The enrollment period ends on March 31.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:47:57 +0000 Associated Press 41569 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 44,000 Idahoans Sign Up On Insurance Exchange As Deadline Nears St. Luke's Health System Plans To Fight Judge's Antitrust Ruling http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/st-lukes-health-system-plans-fight-judges-antitrust-ruling <p></p><p>A Boise-area hospital and Idaho's largest independent physicians' practice are seeking to reverse a federal judge's ruling that their joining forces violated federal antitrust laws.</p><p>St. Luke's Health System and Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group on Tuesday filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Boise to stay the court ruling pending an appeal.</p><p>U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill in January ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and the Federal Trade Commission.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:58:26 +0000 Associated Press 41182 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org St. Luke's Health System Plans To Fight Judge's Antitrust Ruling Idaho Has The Second-Highest Share Of Health Insurance Exchange Enrollees In The Country http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-has-second-highest-share-health-insurance-exchange-enrollees-country <p></p><p>Sign-ups in Idaho's insurance exchange accelerated in January, rising to 32,899 as more people sought health care coverage as the March 31 enrollment deadline approaches.</p><p>The federal government reported Wednesday Your Health Idaho enrollment amounted to the second-highest per capita in the country, with only Vermont's numbers topping those of the Gem State.</p><p>Exchange spokeswoman Jody Olson said the figures are positive, but urged residents currently without insurance to seek coverage required under President Barack Obama's 2010 health care overhaul.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:38:48 +0000 Associated Press 40107 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Has The Second-Highest Share Of Health Insurance Exchange Enrollees In The Country Idaho's 2013 Medicaid Rolls At Highest Level Yet http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-2013-medicaid-rolls-highest-level-yet <p>The number of low-income Idahoans on Medicaid increased 3.5 percent in 2013, a figure the Idaho Department of&nbsp; Health and Welfare says marks a slow-down in growth of the program.</p><p>On average, 236,352 Idahoans were signed up for Medicaid each month of 2013. That's the highest average monthly enrollment the state has ever recorded.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:21:12 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 39691 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's 2013 Medicaid Rolls At Highest Level Yet Judge Rules Against St. Luke's In Antitrust Case http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/judge-rules-against-st-lukes-antitrust-case <p>A federal judge says a Boise-area hospital violated federal antitrust laws when it purchased Idaho's largest independent physicians' practice.</p><p>U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill made the ruling Friday, ordering St. Luke's Health System to undo its buyout of the Nampa-based Saltzer Medical Group.</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:07:35 +0000 Associated Press & Samantha Wright 39022 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Judge Rules Against St. Luke's In Antitrust Case Idaho's Insurance Exchange Unsure If Enrollees Come From Uninsured Ranks http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-insurance-exchange-unsure-if-enrollees-come-uninsured-ranks <p>Idaho insurance exchange officials don't know if the 20,000 people signed up for coverage effective Jan. 1 come from the ranks of the uninsured, or if they previously had insurance but switched to exchange policies because they're now eligible for financial assistance.</p><p>Your Health Idaho board chairman Stephen Weeg and director Amy Dowd gave their first report to the Idaho Legislature yesterday.</p><p>Afterward, Weeg and Dowd acknowledged nobody is collecting that information about those getting coverage.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:28:29 +0000 Associated Press 38926 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Little Progress In Fighting Spread Of Gonorrhea In Northwest http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/little-progress-fighting-spread-gonorrhea-northwest <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/011714JR_GonorrheaOutbreak_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Public health officials in the Northwest say a series of gonorrhea outbreaks shows little sign of letting up. In fact, in some places, rates of the STD may be getting worse.<p> Sun, 19 Jan 2014 14:22:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 38770 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Little Progress In Fighting Spread Of Gonorrhea In Northwest Idaho’s Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment Increases 1,000 Percent http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-s-health-insurance-exchange-enrollment-increases-1000-percent <p></p><p>Idaho health insurance exchange officials say 19,922 people have bought insurance plans from the newly-created online marketplace. Nearly a third of those who purchased policies are between 55-and 64-years old. <a href="http://yourhealthidaho.org">YourHealthIdaho.org</a> is the portal Idaho set up to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:02:25 +0000 Adam Cotterell 38470 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho’s Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment Increases 1,000 Percent An Estimated 20,000 Idahoans Sign Up For Coverage On State's Health Insurance Exchange http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/estimated-20000-idahoans-sign-coverage-states-health-insurance-exchange <p></p><p>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.</p><p>Roughly 20,000 people signed up for individual and family coverage in time for it to begin Jan. 1.</p><p>That's up from 1,730 people who purchased coverage available via Your Health Idaho through Nov. 30.</p><p>The new total was announced Friday by Your Health Idaho spokeswoman Jody Olson.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:35:26 +0000 Associated Press 38307 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org An Estimated 20,000 Idahoans Sign Up For Coverage On State's Health Insurance Exchange Flu Season Arrives In Northwest, Bringing New Cases Of H1N1 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/flu-season-arrives-northwest-bringing-new-cases-h1n1 <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/010313JR_NWFlu_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show Washington, Oregon and Idaho are among 25 states now facing widespread cases of the flu.<p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 01:18:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 37992 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Flu Season Arrives In Northwest, Bringing New Cases Of H1N1 Study Finds Medicaid Expansion Increased ER Visits http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/study-finds-medicaid-expansion-increased-er-visits <p></p><p>A new study has found that previously uninsured people who were given health coverage through Medicaid used the emergency room 40 percent more than others who weren't able to join the program.</p><p>The findings were published Thursday by the journal Science. They suggest that hospitals and health officials around the nation need to be prepared for an increase in emergency room trips as millions of Americans gain insurance this week under the federal health care law, many of them through Medicaid.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 20:52:37 +0000 Associated Press 37912 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Study Finds Medicaid Expansion Increased ER Visits Adult Over 60 Becomes Idaho's First Flu Casualty http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/adult-over-60-becomes-idahos-first-flu-casualty <p>The deadly side of the flu emerged in Idaho this week, with an adult over 60 becoming the first person to die this season after being infected with the virus.</p><p>The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement on Monday.</p><p>Every year, influenza contributes to the deaths of 36,000 people in the United States and causes more than 200,000 hospitalizations.</p><p>Idaho's share of the tragedy last flu season amounted to 35 people.</p><p>The dominant strain of flu being detected is a strain that first began circulating in 2009.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 17:43:22 +0000 Associated Press 37804 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Courts See 82 Percent Increase In Mental Commitment Cases http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-courts-see-82-percent-increase-mental-commitment-cases <p>An annual report from the Idaho Supreme Court shows that the state has seen a dramatic increase in the number of involuntary commitment cases filed for people with mental illness.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:33:06 +0000 Associated Press 37053 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Health Insurance Exchange Launches Ad Campaign After Delay http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idahos-health-insurance-exchange-launches-ad-campaign-after-delay <p></p><p>Idaho's insurance exchange will begin paid marketing around Dec. 20, a delay of more than a month.</p><p>Still, don't expect to see Your Health Idaho television advertising over Christmas.</p><p>Consultants told the exchange's board Thursday holiday TV spots were too expensive, so this initial "bridge" marketing will concentrate instead on radio, Internet and newspapers.</p><p>The exchange's $3 million-plus ad campaign has been pushed back due to software problems since Oct. 1.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:29:19 +0000 Associated Press 36871 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho's Health Insurance Exchange Launches Ad Campaign After Delay Number Of Idaho Exchange Enrollees Up, But Falls Short Of Those Who Need Insurance http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/number-idaho-exchange-enrollees-falls-short-those-who-need-insurance <p></p><p>While the number of Idahoans who've signed up for subsidized health plans through the state's insurance exchange increased in November, enrollment hasn't made much of a dent in the number of uninsured people in Idaho.</p><p>“The number of individuals who have selected a marketplace plan and are considered enrolled through the process is 1,730 as of November 30,” says insurance exchange director Amy Dowd.</p><p>That's a big jump from the 338 people who signed up for a plan in October, the first month the online marketplace was available to consumers.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 01:15:50 +0000 Samantha Wright 36834 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Number Of Idaho Exchange Enrollees Up, But Falls Short Of Those Who Need Insurance Enrollment Increases At Idaho's Health Insurance Exchange http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/enrollment-increases-idahos-health-insurance-exchange <p></p><p>Enrollment in Idaho's insurance exchange accelerated in November as the federal government raced to fix software problems that had hampered operations during the first month.</p><p>In all, 1,730 people have purchased health care plans available through <a href="http://www.yourhealthidaho.org/">YourHealthIdaho.org</a> through Nov. 30.</p><p>The figure, announced Wednesday, was about five times the 338 people who managed to select plans during the exchange's first month.</p><p>The numbers in Idaho are similar to the national trend.</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:55:35 +0000 Associated Press 36791 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Enrollment Increases At Idaho's Health Insurance Exchange Bannock County Bans E-Cigs In County Buildings http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/bannock-county-bans-e-cigs-county-buildings <p></p><p>Bannock County commissioners have decided to include electronic cigarettes in the smoking ban in county buildings.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/1iH0Kpy">Idaho State Journal reports</a> commissioners unanimously approved the resolution Wednesday.</p><p>Commissioner Howard Manwaring says they received some complaints about the use of e-cigarettes in county facilities. He says their use is still perceived as smoking and they do have some odor.</p><p>Manwaring says no one spoke against the resolution during the public hearing before Wednesday's vote.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:45:35 +0000 Associated Press 36544 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Bannock County Bans E-Cigs In County Buildings