Medicaid http://nwpr.org en Idaho's 2013 Medicaid Rolls At Highest Level Yet http://nwpr.org/post/idahos-2013-medicaid-rolls-highest-level-yet <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of low-income </span>Idahoans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Medicaid increased 3.5 percent in 2013, a figure the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare says marks a slow-down in growth of the program. On average, 236,352 </span>Idahoans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> were signed up for Medicaid each month of 2013. That's the highest average monthly enrollment the state has ever recorded.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:10:42 +0000 Emilie Ritter Saunders 42324 at http://nwpr.org Idaho's 2013 Medicaid Rolls At Highest Level Yet ABCD All It Takes For Low-Income Kids To Get A Dentist http://nwpr.org/post/abcd-all-it-takes-low-income-kids-get-dentist <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When a child’s first tooth erupts, the American Dental Association recommends parents get them into the dentist. For low income families, that sometimes isn't an option. But Washington’s low-income kids have more dentist visits than in any other state.</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 14:34:40 +0000 Paige Browning 38086 at http://nwpr.org ABCD All It Takes For Low-Income Kids To Get A Dentist Number Of Uninsured Down, Poverty Rates Stagnant In Northwest http://nwpr.org/post/number-uninsured-down-poverty-rates-stagnant-northwest <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Idaho and Oregon are among the states that have seen a decrease in the number of uninsured. The drop was mainly due to an increase in the number of people enrolled in public insurance programs, like Medicaid. Those are some of the findings of new reports out Thursday from the Census Bureau.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 13:19:59 +0000 Jessica Robinson 34405 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Hospital Tax Becomes Political Bargaining Chip http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-hospital-tax-becomes-political-bargaining-chip <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051413CL_hospitaltax_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Oregon House Tuesday approved a measure to renew a tax paid by hospitals and long-term care facilities. The concept isn't controversial since the institutions that pay it are largely reimbursed by federal Medicaid dollars. But the vote became a skirmish in a larger political battle in Salem.<p>That battle is whether to raise revenue or cut public pensions further. Wed, 15 May 2013 00:31:07 +0000 Chris Lehman 27540 at http://nwpr.org Health Advocates Rally In Olympia For Medicaid Expansion http://nwpr.org/post/health-advocates-rally-olympia-medicaid-expansion <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/032813AKoly_Granger_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – More than 100 health care advocates gathered in Olympia in support of Medicaid expansion Thursday. It coincided with an announcement by Gov. Jay Inslee, unveiling his budget priorities. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 23:08:36 +0000 25034 at http://nwpr.org Health Advocates Rally In Olympia For Medicaid Expansion Washington Governor Unveils Job Creation Plan http://nwpr.org/post/washington-governor-unveils-job-creation-plan OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled a series of proposals Wednesday in Olympia he’s hoping will create more jobs. The Democratic governor’s plan focuses on training for tech-savvy workers and funding transportation projects. He also says expanding Medicaid next year will lead to more than 10,000 new jobs within two years.<p>“Expansion of Medicaid is a system that will not only reach over 250,000 Washingtonians with health care, but will help job creation all across the state.”<p>This was the first of multiple policy proposals Inslee is planning over the next few weeks. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 01:26:52 +0000 Alexandra Kocik 22732 at http://nwpr.org Oregon Medicaid Waiver Includes Boost For Rural Health http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-medicaid-waiver-includes-boost-rural-health <p>A new federal waiver for Oregon includes a provision aimed at luring doctors to small towns. The state won final approval Monday from the Obama administration for plans to move ahead with big changes in health care. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 00:25:41 +0000 Chris Lehman 11356 at http://nwpr.org Wash. Hospitals Unveil Alternative Plan For ER Visits http://nwpr.org/post/wash-hospitals-unveil-alternative-plan-er-visits <p>The state has been trying to crack down on ER visits for conditions that are not critical. But health care providers say the state&rsquo;s policies go too far, they&rsquo;re unsafe for patients, and will shift costs to hospitals.</p><p>Hospitals and emergency room doctors want to address the problem their own way. They&rsquo;ve put together what they call best practices for reducing unnecessary ER visits. A key component of that is using an electronic health information system. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 01:05:46 +0000 Ruby de Luna 6927 at http://nwpr.org Wash. Hospitals Unveil Alternative Plan For ER Visits