Your Health Idaho

Your Health Idaho was established following the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010. One of the provisions of the ACA is that each state maintains a health insurance marketplace where consumers can comparitively shop for plans. On today's Idaho Matters, we speak with Pat Kelly, executive director of Your Health Idaho, about the open enrollment period and the impact of Medicaid expansion on Idaho healthcare plans.

Therapist Elizabeth Heaney spent years traveling from base to base counseling military veterans and their families for post traumatic stress disorder and she chronicled her experience in the book The Honor Was Mine. She joins Idaho Matters to talk about addressing these veteran issues.

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Healthcare professionals are looking at new ways of administering palliative care to late-stage cancer patients. We look at efforts to improve the quality of life for those suffering from cancer.

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A local advocacy group for people with disabilities released a report this week that claims a Nampa behavioral health treatment center is unsafe for residents.


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Idaho Democratic representative Mat Erpelding has introduced legislation that would provide coverage for first responders who suffer from PTSD as a result of their service. The Boise lawmaker joins Idaho Matters with Boise's fire chief to parse out the bill and the importance of addressing mental as well as physical health for first responders.

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A piece of legislation is advancing through Washington that would expand access to treatment for opioid addicts. Idaho Matters looks at the pending bill and how it could help combat addiction in the Gem State.

FACES of Hope helps victims of domestic violence with counseling and legal aid. Idaho Matters looks at efforts to mitigate the harm caused by violence and its impact on teens.

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On Saturday, October 26, the Drug Enforcement Agency is hosting prescription pill take back events around Idaho. They’re intended to help stem the problem of addiction.

Denver is hosting one of the country's biggest nursing conferences. One issue on the agenda is the ongoing, nationwide nursing shortage.


October 27 is the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Drug Take Back Day and Idaho Matters looks at safe ways to dispose of pharmaceutical narcotics.


This week is National Teen Driving Safety Week and we look at efforts to build the groundwork for safe driving from an early age.

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October is stillbirth/miscarriage awareness month and we look at efforts to help families cope with loss.


Idaho Matters looks at St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute's research into 3D mammography and efforts to make these examinations more accessible.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we look at the state of detection and treatment with Jackie Babb, the Women's and Children's Service Line Director at St. Alphonsus Health System and Howard Schaff, a radiologist with Gem State Radiology.

Wayne Forrey was being treated for lip cancer in 1983 when he found that after his recovery, he had trouble finding a product to protect his lips from the sun. That's why he and his wife, Karen, created Balm Shot. It's a uniquely-packaged lip treatment designed to appeal to a consumer segment not usually targeted by lip balms - men. The Forreys join us in studio to talk about creating Balm Shot and overcoming the obstacles faced in building a small business.