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Business

Idaho insurers to patients: Next year, stay in network or pay six figures

Most of the plans that go up for sale Nov. 1 on the Your Health Idaho insurance exchange will have much higher “out of network” costs than Idaho consumers have seen before — up to $200,000, or $400,000 for a family. But insurers say the extreme changes are less damaging than the alternative: dropping out of Idaho’s exchange altogether, as is happening in other states.

Local

Nampa woman seeks to protect name of dad killed by speeding deputy

Jackie Raymond’s father, Barry Johnson, was killed when Payette County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Sloan crashed into his car. A vehicular manslaughter charge against Sloan was dropped after the prosecutor said an Idaho State Police officer botched the investigation. Now Raymond is taking Payette County and ISP to court.

Business

Nampa nursing home under scrutiny for harming residents

Holly Lane Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is under state scrutiny after complaints turned up a widespread pattern of serious problems that threatened the health and safety of its residents, failing to protect them from abuse and neglect. The nursing home is formerly known as Trinity Mission Health & Rehab of Holly.

Business

Ex-Boise boat maker will answer fraud charges in Boise in 3 weeks

A former Boise custom jet boat builder who is charged with fraud will be arraigned in Boise Oct. 11 before federal Magistrate Judge Mikel H. Williams. Christopher Bohnenkamp, 41, was arrested last week in New York state. A grand jury indictment says heefrauding took payments for boats and then failed to build them.

Watchdog

Can Uber-style rides work for Medicaid patients in Idaho?

Veyo, a tech startup based in San Diego, just began a $70 million three-year contract with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare to provide nonemergency medical transportation to Medicaid patients. Drivers say Veyo’s payment rates and an Uber-style system are worrisome. Officials with Idaho and Veyo say the new model will be more efficient and cost-effective while paying drivers more.

Crime

Database: Officer-involved fatal shootings in Idaho

The Statesman combed media reports, public records and other sources to create Idaho’s first database of fatal law enforcement shootings since 2000. Idaho law enforcement officers have shot and killed at least 56 people since 2000. No officers have been charged in any of the deaths.

Business

Micron CEO takes pay cut, still Idaho’s highest paid

Several top executives of Idaho’s seven publicly traded companies took home multimillion-dollar compensation packages in their companies’ latest fiscal years. The seven CEOs received a broad range of changes to their compensation packages — from an 18 percent reduction for Micron’s Mark Durcan who made $9.4 million after the cut, to an 82 percent increase for U.S. Ecology’s Jeff Feeler, who made $1.4 million.

Videos

Rocky Barker takes a look at Idaho’s plutonium

High security and careful radioactivity monitoring. That’s what Rocky Barker found when he visited the Idaho National Laboratory this fall to help compile a special report on America’s nuclear workers. His series of stories will run starting Sunday, Dec. 13.
Rocky Barker takes a look at Idaho’s plutonium 1:57

Rocky Barker takes a look at Idaho’s plutonium

81-year-old woman on a coffee run leads police on slow-speed chase 4:16

81-year-old woman on a coffee run leads police on slow-speed chase

Leighton Vander Esch has come a long way since his days as high school quarterback 8:53

Leighton Vander Esch has come a long way since his days as high school quarterback

Leighton Vander Esch has come a long way from being a high school quarterback 8:53

Leighton Vander Esch has come a long way from being a high school quarterback