Kyle Pfannenstiel

Kyle Pfannenstiel

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

People attending a lawsuit hearing against Ammon Bundy walk out of Gem County Courthouse

Bundy’s financial block extended while Idaho judge considers longer order

By: - August 28, 2023

Ammon Bundy, his wife and associated political groups cannot move property or large sums of money for another week while a Gem County judge evaluates whether to issue a more lasting order, the judge ordered Monday. The order restricts Ammon Bundy, his wife Lisa Bundy, his former campaign Ammon Bundy for Governor, People’s Rights Network […]

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Audit: Health and Welfare used child care grants for ineligible purposes. Idaho agency disagrees.

By: - August 21, 2023

An audit into the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s distribution of grant funds to help children deal with the after effects of the pandemic found that “lack of controls throughout the program” led organizations that received the grants “to use the funds for ineligible purposes and for ineligible groups.” Health and Welfare Director Dave […]

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Idaho might have broken rules in Medicaid unwinding, federal regulators warn

By: - August 18, 2023

Idaho officials say that a letter from federal regulators that says Idaho may have broken federal rules in how the state removed people from Medicaid this spring doesn’t paint a full picture. Idaho’s 51% procedural disenrollment rate was the second highest in the country, just behind Texas, at 52%. That’s according to the Idaho Capital […]

Bobbie-Jo Meuleman

Boise Metro Chamber hires Idaho governor’s senior staffer as new CEO

By: - August 17, 2023

Idaho Gov. Brad Little’s deputy chief of staff, Bobbi-Jo Meuleman, will become president and CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber, the chamber announced in a news release on Thursday. Meuleman will take over the position in October, the release said. Meuleman has served as deputy chief of staff and director of intergovernmental relations for Little […]

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Nearly 23,000 Idaho children lost health insurance for not filling out paperwork, data shows

By: - August 15, 2023

At least 55,300 Idaho children have lost access to Medicaid health insurance since April as the state continues to disenroll people from the program after pandemic-era protections have ended, data recently released by the state health department shows. The data, which includes numbers through the end of July, shows more than 33,111 of those 55,300 […]

Ammon Bundy Announces Run For Idaho Governor

Bundy, released from jail, can’t move property, large cash sums for two weeks, judge orders

By: - August 14, 2023

Correction: This story has been updated to state how the grandchild of Diego Rodriguez was brought under temporary protective care. After being sued Friday afternoon a second time by St. Luke’s Health System, anti-government activist Ammon Bundy was arrested that evening on a contempt of court warrant stemming from his first lawsuit from the health […]

Idaho’s fentanyl awareness campaign received 60M views, ad firm says

By: - August 11, 2023

As Idaho leaders prioritized how to spend money combating opioid addiction and abuse on Friday, they heard that Gov. Brad Little’s media campaign reached a wide audience and Idaho youth appear to see fentanyl as more of an issue than in the past. Idaho’s fentanyl awareness campaign, “Fentanyl Takes All,” was seen or heard over […]

Idaho Attorney General candidate Raúl Labrador

Idaho AG can’t pursue civil demands in child care grant case due to conflict, judge rules

By: - August 10, 2023

An Idaho judge has barred Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador from pursuing demands for information in civil court from three senior staffers in the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, unless he appoints an independent special prosecutor.  Labrador previously told the Idaho Capital Sun he wants to investigate how the Idaho Department of Health and […]

As Idaho looks at Medicaid restructuring, providers ask legislators to keep doctor-managed care

By: - August 10, 2023

Idaho doctors asked state legislators on Wednesday to let doctors continue managing health care for people on Medicaid, a health insurance program for the poor. 

Idaho State, U of I and other organizations receive $4.3 million in AmeriCorps grants

By: - August 10, 2023

About 370 AmeriCorps members are funded to work for a year in Idaho through $4.3 million in grants, according to a news release sent Wednesday by the Idaho Department of Labor. The bulk of those members — 224 — are headed to serve at Idaho State University on health care projects.  The college, based in […]

Idaho Youth Ranch

After years of sending kids out of state, Idaho youth can now access residential mental health care

By: - August 8, 2023

CALDWELL — Idaho families will soon no longer have to send their children out of state to get their children mental health care inside a residential facility. The Idaho Youth Ranch is opening a treatment facility called the Residential Center for Healing & Resilience that has 64 beds, all with their own room, and a […]


Idaho Department of Health and Welfare reports first West Nile virus case this year

By: - August 4, 2023

Idaho has its first human West Nile virus infection reported this year. (Pixaby)