ave Lacknauth, Director of Pharmacy Services, Broward Health Medical Center shows off a bottle of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a press conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Here’s how effective COVID-19 vaccines have been in Idaho. (Hint: Very.)

BY: - July 27, 2021

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare last week shared a graphic to illustrate how much of Idaho’s COVID-19 activity is among the unvaccinated. Elke Shaw-Tulloch, Idaho’s Public Health Division administrator, was making a point about how getting a coronavirus vaccine can reduce the risk of getting sick with COVID-19, significantly reduce the risk of […]

Protesters supporting “Medicare for All” hold a rally outside PhRMA headquarters in 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Biden quietly transforms Medicaid’s safety net

BY: and - July 27, 2021

The Biden administration is quietly engineering a series of expansions to Medicaid that may bolster protections for millions of low-income Americans and bring more people into the program. Biden’s efforts — which have been largely overshadowed by other economic and health initiatives — represent an abrupt reversal of the Trump administration’s moves to scale back […]

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Who pays for public health? Who sets pandemic rules? Idaho changed the law

BY: - July 26, 2021

Two bills passed through the Idaho Legislature in the 2021 session that changed how Idaho’s public health districts are funded, and how much authority they have. State and local governments are now taking up a big question: “What does the future of public health look like in Idaho?” said Seth Grigg, executive director of the […]

The J&J/Janssen vaccine is recommended for people aged 18 years and older.

Feds: Florida, Missouri, Texas account for 40 percent of all COVID-19 cases last week

BY: - July 25, 2021

WASHINGTON — Amid a rise in infections and hospitalizations from the surging delta variant of COVID-19, the Biden administration is boosting money and other assistance to the hardest-hit areas of the country. Last week, just three states with lower vaccination rates — Florida, Texas and Missouri — accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide. […]

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Idaho needs to up its game in providing behavioral health services. These clinics could help.

BY: - July 23, 2021

There is a chronic shortage of behavioral health resources in Idaho. The Kaiser Family Foundation reported that about 100,000 Idaho adults had an unmet need for mental health treatment in 2018-19. Children fare no better in the Gem State. Idaho has received a 46th place ranking among the states for child access to mental health […]

Analysis: In the absence of mandates, educators pin their hopes on vaccine messaging

BY: - July 22, 2021

Originally posted on on July 22, 2021 As Idaho’s coronavirus case numbers surge again, vaccination numbers continue to lag. And vaccination rates are lowest among young people — just weeks before students are due to return to schools and college campuses. This puts health officials and education leaders in a bind. They say vaccines […]

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As delta spreads, Idaho’s COVID-19 cases are ‘headed the wrong direction’

BY: - July 20, 2021

Idaho Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen began the state’s latest COVID-19 media briefing with some bad news: After several weeks of improvement, all of Idaho’s coronavirus indicators are “now headed the wrong direction,” he said. “These trends are very concerning, particularly as we look forward to the fall, with the return of the flu […]

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Boise-area hospitals are getting full again. Saint Al’s urges vaccination.

BY: - July 20, 2021

Hospitals in the Boise area are once again starting to hit capacity. It’s not just because of COVID-19 patients. But the more infectious delta variant now spreading through Idaho isn’t helping, a local hospital administrator said. State data show a rise in hospitalized patients with COVID-19. The number of patients statewide with the coronavirus had […]

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Health obstacles are not death sentences – but continued funding of NIH, CDC critical for cures

BY: - July 20, 2021

Talking with Idaho Congressman Russ Fulcher about his recent cancer diagnosis a couple of weeks ago hit home with me. In many ways, being lucky is better than being good. The congressman’s cancer was discovered in conjunction with a routine physical examination. Fulcher, who normally is a ball of energy, just happened to mention to […]

The Senate in session at the Idaho Capitol on April 6, 2021.

Idaho Senate leaders call for meetings, not legislation, to address vaccine requirements

BY: - July 16, 2021

Republican leaders of the Idaho Senate are calling for government and business leaders to partner up to address vaccine requirements from several health care companies instead of adding regulations by writing legislation and passing laws. In a statement issued Thursday, the senators called for business leaders, Gov. Brad Little’s office, and the House of Representatives […]

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Influx of med school students could overwhelm Montana resources, program leaders warn

BY: - July 16, 2021

Opening two new medical schools in Montana would stretch and possibly overwhelm the state’s physicians who provide the clinical training that students need to become doctors, according to leaders of a University of Washington medical school program that relies on those teaching physicians. The University of Washington School of Medicine’s WWAMI program in Montana requires […]

Idaho State Police concerned about increasing fentanyl overdoses

BY: - July 14, 2021

Across the state, Idaho State Police are concerned about the availability and use of methamphetamine and fentanyl, which they say is becoming easier to manufacture and distribute and is leading to more overdose deaths. Seven law enforcement officials from around the state, including the chief of police in Twin Falls and the Bannock County sheriff, […]