Health

Dr. Ryan Cole on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Washington medical board charges Dr. Ryan Cole with COVID-19 related violations

BY: - January 18, 2023

Dr. Ryan Cole of Idaho has until Jan. 30 to respond to charges from the Washington Medical Commission that he violated standards related to COVID-19 and patient care. Cole, a pathologist whose specialty does not involve direct patient-care experience, has maintained that he didn’t violate any standards while treating patients for COVID-19 via telehealth. The […]

Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen presents the department's fiscal year 2024 budget request to the Idaho Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee, standing at a lectern in a committee room

First day of Health and Welfare budget hearing: Medicaid costs, child welfare, federal funds

BY: - January 17, 2023

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare makes up about one-third of the state’s total budget each year. That’s because — as Director Dave Jeppesen explained in a hearing Tuesday — the department serves an enormous segment of Idahoans, through a range of different programs. Jeppesen and other state Health and Welfare officials fielded questions […]

Idaho Capitol rotunda

Idaho Senate committee advances bill that would change legal definition of abortion

BY: - January 16, 2023

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted to introduce one of two abortion-related bills sponsored by Sen. Scott Herndon, R-Sagle, that would change Idaho’s legal definition of abortion in what Herndon said was an attempt to address concerns from medical professionals around ectopic pregnancies and other certain medical circumstances. Herndon’s bill to remove the rape and […]

A collage of spreadsheet files for Idaho hospitals, showing nearly incomprehensible data

You can see what Idaho hospitals charge. Here’s what it will, and won’t, tell you.

BY: - January 16, 2023

How much does it cost to fix a split lip at your local hospital? Based on data hospitals are now required to share, it could be $208 or $49 or $570 — but it’s probably none of those. Hospitals across Idaho and the U.S. are required to publish what they charge for individual health care […]

Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities executive director Christine Pisani

Report outlines abuses people with developmental disabilities face in Idaho

BY: - January 16, 2023

Maria Juarez knew her son would eventually need help from caregivers other than herself. She knew she would have to expose him to adults outside of her family. Brandon Juarez has Down Syndrome and is unable to speak. When a day came that Maria learned of his abuse, the Nampa mother remembers asking her son […]

Photo of the U.S. Capitol building from a distance, and photo of the Idaho State Capitol building in Boise also from a distance

Republican lawmakers in Idaho and D.C. advance anti-abortion bills

BY: and - January 12, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Wednesday approved its first abortion-related measures under a new Republican majority, eliciting strong support from GOP members and opposition from Democrats, who rejected the legislation as misleading and incomplete.  Republicans, who secured a four-seat majority during the November midterm elections, said the bill setting medical standards on a national […]

Free health screenings available Jan. 14 at Walmart pharmacies in Idaho

BY: - January 10, 2023

Walmart will offer free health screenings to Idahoans in its store pharmacies on Saturday, Jan. 14, according to a news release. The Wellness Day event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and includes: Free health screenings, including glucose (blood sugar), cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) tests Free vision screenings, at […]

Idaho Supreme Court upholds abortion ban, civil enforcement law

BY: - January 5, 2023

In a 3-2 decision, the Idaho Supreme Court upheld Idaho’s abortion ban and the civil enforcement law allowing providers to be sued for performing abortions in an opinion released Thursday.  Planned Parenthood and one of its abortion providers, Dr. Caitlin Gustafson, filed three separate challenges with the Idaho Supreme Court, beginning with the civil enforcement […]

Illustration of an influenza virus in contact with human receptors

Southwest Idaho child dies from flu-related causes

BY: - January 5, 2023

A child from Southwest Idaho has died of causes related to influenza, according to state health officials. The Washington County death is the first influenza-related death of this flu season among an Idahoan under age 18. “This is a tragic reminder that although deaths among children are unusual, flu can be very serious, and not […]

Medical Form

Want a clue on health care costs in advance? New tools take a crack at it.

BY: - January 5, 2023

Need medical treatment this year and want to nail down your out-of-pocket costs before you walk into the doctor’s office? There’s a new tool for that, at least for insured patients. As of Jan. 1, health insurers and employers that offer health plans must provide online calculators for patients to get detailed estimates of what […]

Photo of St. Luke's Downtown Boise hospital

Why St. Luke’s made its own HMO-style insurance plan for Idaho

BY: - January 2, 2023

St. Luke’s Health System grew rapidly over the past decade — acquiring and making deals with Idaho and Oregon medical practices and hospitals. As it grew, St. Luke’s executives described a master plan to curb the costs of health care — and to ensure that care actually makes people healthier. One milestone in that plan […]

Idaho State Capitol

Abortion, Yellowstone ‘zone of death,’ an Idaho doctor and book bans: Most read stories of 2022

BY: - December 28, 2022

Idaho in 2022 was a flood of newsworthy events, laws and people. The most popular reads on idahocapitalsun.com included coverage of the Idaho Legislature’s shifting priorities — one of which was to propose or approve bans on what Idahoans can do. The bills and laws that made headlines in 2022 included bans on abortion, library […]