Medicaid

Idaho Medicaid
7:41 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Medicaid Payment Woes Plague Idaho Mental-Health Providers

Taylor Moore, a 30-year-old Boise resident with a mental-health diagnosis, reads questions on a vocational-rehab services application at the library in Downtown Boise, with assistance from Maegan Wagner, his community-based rehabilitation services worker through Idaho Behavioral Health. The agency has experienced a pattern of problems over several months getting paid for a variety of services, sometimes getting pennies back on a $100 claim. Optum Idaho said it has corrected the problem.
Credit Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The state’s effort to rein in Medicaid costs has created deep friction between small businesses that deliver behavioral-health services to Medicaid patients and a new contractor hired to manage them.

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Medicaid
6:10 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Idaho's 2013 Medicaid Rolls At Highest Level Yet

The agency estimates up to 35-thousand more Idahoans could join Medicaid by the end of the year.
Credit Idaho Dept. of Health and Welfare/ Emilie Ritter Saunders

The number of low-income Idahoans 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 Idahoans were signed up for Medicaid each month of 2013. That's the highest average monthly enrollment the state has ever recorded.

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Dental Care
6:34 am
Mon December 2, 2013

ABCD All It Takes For Low-Income Kids To Get A Dentist

The Washington Dental Service Foundation, citing Medicaid research, announced last month (November) that Washington actually leads the nation in giving low-income kids access to dental care.
Credit Melissa Clark/Flickr

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.

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NW American Community Survey
6:19 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Number Of Uninsured Down, Poverty Rates Stagnant In Northwest

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.

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Hospital Tax
5:31 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Oregon Hospital Tax Becomes Political Bargaining Chip

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 5:02 pm

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.

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Medicaid Expansion
4:08 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Health Advocates Rally In Olympia For Medicaid Expansion

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 3:12 pm

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. His proposal includes an expansion of Medicaid.

That pleases Lauren Granger, a healthcare worker at the rally.

“I really hope that the legislature hears this message and isn’t pinching pennies in the wrong place and just have it be more expensive later on,” she says.

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Governor's Job Plan
5:26 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Washington Governor Unveils Job Creation Plan

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 4:55 pm

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.

“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.”

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Medicaid Waiver For Oregon
5:25 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Oregon Medicaid Waiver Includes Boost For Rural Health

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.

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Washington ER Law
6:05 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Wash. Hospitals Unveil Alternative Plan For ER Visits

Washington state and health care providers are involved in a long-running dispute over unnecessary ER visits by Medicaid patients.
Photo credit: Sarah Gilbert/ Flickr KUOW

The state has been trying to crack down on ER visits for conditions that are not critical. But health care providers say the state’s policies go too far, they’re unsafe for patients, and will shift costs to hospitals.

Hospitals and emergency room doctors want to address the problem their own way. They’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.

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