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Idaho health officials continue to warn of what they call a "severe" year for flu in the Gem State. More influenza-related illnesses and deaths have been reported this season than in any other season in the past seven years.

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State health officials have reported another five flu deaths, bringing the total to 13 – the most deadly start to the flu season in recent history.

Aging In Place In Boise Just Got Harder

Dec 22, 2017
Maria La Ganga

Boise at Home was designed to help the Treasure Valley’s older residents stay in their homes and be independent for as long as possible. But when the organization folded this fall, its members were left to fend for themselves.

 

Your Health Idaho

Friday is the last day to sign up for a health plan under Idaho’s insurance exchange.

Whooping Cough Cases On The Rise In Ada County

Nov 22, 2017

An alert is out for local health care providers to look for whooping cough in infants, teens and adults.


Your Health Idaho

Open enrollment for health care plans through Your Health Idaho, the state’s insurance marketplace, starts Nov. 1. As questions swirl at the federal level about the future of the Affordable Care Act, Pat Kelly, the director of Your Health Idaho, says there’s nothing to worry about.


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This week, caffeinated soft drinks went on sale at Brigham Young University in Utah after a roughly six-decade ban at the Mormon campus. While students there toast with cans of cola, sodas are still hard to come by at BYU’s Idaho campus.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Idaho kids are less likely to be obese. That’s according to new data analyzed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Just two decades ago, adult obesity rates in states across the country were no more than 25 percent. Now, 46 states have rates above 25 percent, according to a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than $955,000 to 14 health centers in Idaho.

According to the agency, the federal funding will help improve the quality of health care. It will also be used to boost the effectiveness of care the centers deliver to their communities.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said in a prepared statement on Tuesday that Americans deserve an affordable and accessible health care system and supporting health centers helps achieve that goal.

St. Luke's Health System

St. Luke’s Health System is using a music video spoof to remind people to protect their eyes during the upcoming solar eclipse.


Tom Michael / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho is prime viewing for the August 21 total solar eclipse. While the majority of people are excited to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event, the eclipse has a very narrow segment of the population worried.

 

Health insurance premiums in Idaho will go up in 2018, between 6 and 81 percent depending on the plan you choose.  That's according to proposed increases to the price of your health care plan.

Each year, insurance companies operating in Idaho send their planned price hikes to the Department of Insurance. The proposed increases were released Monday for 2018.

The proposed average overall statewide rate increase is 38 percent. The average price for Bronze, Silver, and Gold plans are all going up, with Silver plans averaging a 50 percent increase.

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The Idaho Hospital Association, the Idaho Medical Association and other experts and health care providers under the banner of the Close The Gap Idaho coalition are expressing relief after the so-called "Skinny Repeal" of the Affordable Care Act perished Thursday night.

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Summer means barbecues, baseball and of course, bathing suits. When temperatures push a hundred degrees, there’s no better way to cool off than by jumping in a pool or pond. But this season, some of the ponds around Boise have dealt with outbreaks of E.coli. As part of our news experiment where we answer questions submitted by you, we went with a summer theme and explored this question from listener Alexi Balmuth: Who monitors harmful bacteria in public swimming areas and how is it done?

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