Tag Archives: Idaho Healthcare

Shoot the Messenger

Last year I spoke too soon.  I applauded Representative Blanksma for making some recommendations to her body. This year I’m offering raspberries. She recommended expanded coverage for kids in the CHIP program, as well as a recommendation to expand Medicaid … Continue reading

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Work for It

It seems our Governor is considering work requirements for Medicaid enrollees. He hasn’t done his research. Or maybe he has, and this is a Trojan Horse, just waiting for the Idaho Freedom Foundation to roll it within its walls. Do … Continue reading

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Intentions

Do you want everybody to have health insurance? I am yelling this question into a sharp, dark westerly wind, in the middle of a long winters’ night. Questions like that know their own answers. I know it. But I want … Continue reading

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Shucks

I’ll bet you have been riveted to the goings on of the interim Idaho legislative committee looking into whether adopting a managed care contract for Idaho Medicaid would solve all our problems. What? You don’t know about this?  It’s more … Continue reading

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Stake

I’ll admit that I am not fully aware of the Idaho Code sections when I talk with patients. I believe I have a good sense of right and wrong, but legalese confuses me. And I was a State Senator for … Continue reading

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Continuity

If you do electrical stuff, you know continuity means you have a connection from one end of the wire to the other. I want to talk about continuity in healthcare. It’s related. I’m sure you’ve all experienced it. You call … Continue reading

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Solutions

I have watched the Idaho Freedom Foundation and their mouthpieces rant against Medicaid for years now. Rants can be fun, but honestly, there’s hard work to do. I invite your shoulder to our shared grindstone. I believe managing health care … Continue reading

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Patchwork

I have migrated late in my medical career to working part-time in a Federally Qualified Health Center. (FQHC…sorry but the anagrams may start piling up.) These centers grew out of a 2001 plan from President George Bush II. He wanted … Continue reading

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Persuade

It’s going to be a hot drive down to our state capital tomorrow. But I’m excited to be making it. I got the AC in my old Volkswagen van charged up. It doesn’t blow cold, but it does blow cool. … Continue reading

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Woke

This woke rant will probably mean as much to you as it would have to the Idaho Constitution drafters back in that hot summer of 1889. I specify Article X Section 1: STATE TO ESTABLISH AND SUPPORT INSTITUTIONS. Educational, reformatory, and … Continue reading

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