Idaho lawmakers heard from Medicaid expansion advocates, opponents and people in the Medicaid gap during a Joint Health and Welfare hearing Friday. They voiced opinions that may shape the debate around Prop 2.
Rep. Barbara Ehardt, R-Idaho Falls, is pushing a new bill designed to allow parents to “opt in” their children for sex education courses in public schools in Idaho. She said parents’ rights are being overstepped.
The Idaho Supreme Court ruled Medicaid expansion legal. The court ruled against the Idaho Freedom Foundation in a lawsuit against ballot Proposition 2, expanding health insurance to Idaho’s Medicaid gap starting in 2020.
More than 3,000 Idaho children are probably not vaccinated for measles, according to Health and Welfare MMR vaccine data for schools. There are no Idaho infections yet despite a measles outbreak in Washington.
Andrew Cosentino will oversee Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, the flagship hospital of the Saint Al’s health system. Cosentino replaces former president Odette Bolano, who is now CEO of the system.
Saltzer Medical Group of Nampa is on track to be sold to BVA, the company of Treasure Valley developer Tommy Ahlquist. Saltzer once was owned by St. Luke’s, but it was sold in 2017 to a subsidiary of McKesson.
Idaho hospitals now display the prices for medical care on their websites. You can search costs of surgery, X-rays and other procedures. But health insurance, doctor fees and other factors affect how much you pay.
Boise fitness trainer Brett Denton invented Kvell Fitness & Nutrition, a boutique gym experience like nothing else on the market because clients receive rebates and profit sharing opportunities just for showing up.