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Insurance Premiums Could Go Up

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state's welfare agency director says insurance premiums would likely rise if Idaho simultaneously refuses to expand Medicaid coverage and dumps a program that covers medical bills for indigent people

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Court Upholds Mandatory Insurance Provision

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The court on Thursday handed Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty

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Feds Tell Two Idaho Insurance Companies Their Rate Hikes Are Excessive

(AP) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has listed Idaho among nine states where insurance companies have posted rate increases deemed excessive under new federal guidelines. The agency singled out those states Thursday as part of its role in monitoring rates - a task called for in the 2010 health insurance overhaul The two Idaho companies were not identified by the agency

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Top Story Instapoll 10/3/11:Bonner County Commissioner Wants To Hire Only Non-Smokers

A Bonner County Commissioner says the county could save health care costs by hiring only non-smokers. He wants the county to institute such a policy.  Would this be considered government over-reach or is this just a condition of employment just like in the private sector?  Vote Here

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Idaho Will Plug Nose And Take Federal Money…Again.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has decided not to pass up millions of federal dollars to help set up health insurance exchanges in Idaho because dismissing the money could allow Washington to impose a plan that may not work for Idaho

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Local Towns Consider “Self-Insured” To Save Money

Some Magic Valley towns are looking at ways to cut health care costs to employees.  One method under consideration is to become self-insured. 

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Top Story Instapoll 8/23/11:Should Idaho Take The $40-m Grant Money For Insurance Exchange?

Idaho must have an "insurance exchange" as mandated by the Obamacare law and it must be set up by January of 2014.  State officials say if we don't make the deadline the federal government will set up the exchange for us and perhaps put 2500 insurance agents out of business

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Top Story Podcast 8/2/11: Guaranteed Birth Control For Women, Steve Millington, Ken Edmunds

Top Story Podcast 8/2/11: First Hour - Birth Control for women...guaranteed, Steve Millington. Second hour - State Board Of Education member Ken Edmunds.

Looking for an older show? Check the Top Story Podcast Archive.

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Top Story Instapoll 8/2/11:Guaranteed Birth Control Under Obamacare

Contraception for women and other programs will be convered under health care plans.  The Obamacare plan is forcing private insurance companies to make this coverage available.  Are you OK with the government dictating what private businesses must carry?  VOTE HERE

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Jill’s Take: Is This Really Taking Care of Our Military Widows?

When I first read this article, I had to shake my head.... a few times! This does not make any sense at all! "Tens of thousands of the nation's war widows find it perplexing and downright disrespectful to their late military husbands: In order to fully collect on insurance their husbands bought for them when alive, they must marry another man."

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