Kyle Pfannenstiel

Kyle Pfannenstiel

Kyle covers health care and other issues as a reporter for the Idaho Capital Sun.

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Measles case reported in Idaho resident who was exposed during international travel

By: - September 20, 2023

An Idahoan unvaccinated for measles has been confirmed as positive for the virus, public health agencies announced in a news release on Wednesday. While infectious, the adult male was in the Boise Airport on Sept. 13 and in the Nampa area on Sept. 14 and 15, the release said. He was hospitalized and is recovering […]

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Lost Medicaid this year? You can get insurance through Idaho’s subsidized state marketplace

By: - September 19, 2023

Anyone who has lost access to Medicaid as Idaho removes people from the program this year can now enroll in health insurance policies through Your Health Idaho, the state’s insurance exchange that offers tax credits. Your Health Idaho announced in a news release Tuesday that it opened a so-called special enrollment period for 90 days […]

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Bill on foreign purchases created “unintentional” confusion for Native American tribes

By: - September 16, 2023

An Idaho law passed earlier this year designed to block foreign governments from purchasing agricultural land, water rights, mining claims and mineral claims has reportedly caused confusion as to whether Native American tribes are affected. Blake Youde, a lobbyist representing the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, told the Idaho Council on Indian Affairs on Friday afternoon in the […]

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Idaho Medicaid, strained with ‘day-to-day operations,’ requests more staff

By: - September 15, 2023

Idaho Medicaid’s program has asked to add 60 employees, which would grow the program that serves about 400,000 Idahoans on Medicaid to 273 employees. The request, in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s fiscal year 2025 budget request submitted to Gov. Brad Little, comes while the program’s staff count remained stagnant in recent years, […]

Ammon Bundy, others blocked from moving assets

By: - September 12, 2023

An Idaho judge has blocked Ammon Bundy and others from moving financial assets for longer in a new lawsuit in Gem County. The lawsuit, brought by St. Luke’s Health System, alleges that Bundy has made fraudulent property transfers to evade collection of millions of dollars in damages awarded to the health system in its initial […]

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Transparent Idaho offers info on state pay, expenses. Soon local governments will be included, too.

By: - September 12, 2023

An Idaho website that houses information on how state agencies spend money and what state employees earn is soon expanding to provide that information for local governments.

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Letter to Idaho Congress members supports bills for incarcerated Medicaid access

By: - September 5, 2023

Eleven organizations, including the Idaho Association of Public Health District Directors, signed on to a letter to Idaho’s Congressional delegation supporting legislation that would expand Medicaid access for people in jail and in prison in hopes of reducing overdose deaths. The letter called out two bills — the Reentry Act and Due Process Continuity of […]

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Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson announces mobile office hours for September

By: - September 5, 2023

Idaho U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson’s staff is traveling throughout eastern Idaho this month to answer residents questions and address needs with federal agencies, his office announced in a news release last week. The release shared his mobile office hours for this month, with availability in towns from American Falls to Fort Hall. “Not everyone I […]

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CDC gives Idaho $2M to combat drug overdoses

By: - September 5, 2023

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week gave the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare about $2 million to prevent drug overdoses.  The CDC gave out $279 million of those funds to 49 states, the District of Columbia and 40 local health departments. In a news release, the CDC said the funds were […]

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Learn about climate and health at St. Luke’s lecture series

By: - September 4, 2023

The public is invited to register for four free lectures this fall on climate and health hosted by St. Luke’s Health System and Idaho Clinicians for Climate and Health. All sessions are on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m.  Mountain time. Register online at  Sessions begin next week, with two in September and two […]

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Special prosecutor chosen in Idaho Attorney General’s child care grant investigation

By: - August 30, 2023

The Idaho Attorney General’s Office chose a special prosecutor in an investigation into child care grant funds. Adams County Prosecuting Attorney Christopher Boyd was appointed Tuesday as special deputy attorney general on the cases, he told the Idaho Capital Sun in an email.  Ada County Judge Lynn Norton earlier this month barred Attorney General Raúl […]

Former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy walks out of an Ada County courtroom

Former Idaho gubernatorial candidate Ammon Bundy’s contempt trial scheduled for October

By: - August 29, 2023

Ammon Bundy is scheduled for a new trial — without a jury — starting Oct. 2 on contempt of court stemming from a lawsuit from St. Luke’s Health System. Bundy appeared in an Ada County courtroom Tuesday morning to be arraigned on the contempt charge. If convicted, he could face no more than up to […]