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125,953
Idahoans enrolled in Medicaid Expansion
940,209
Idahoans vaccinated for COVID-19
125,371
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Board of Health and Welfare to meet May 19

The Idaho Board of Health and Welfare will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at 8 a.m. MT thursday, May 19, via Webex and in Boise.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, meeting attendance is available via WebEx: PHONE 1-415-655-0003, meeting...

Highly poisonous death cap mushroom identified in Boise

The first confirmation of death cap mushrooms (Amanita phalloides) in Idaho was recently reported to the Idaho Division of Public Health. An amateur mycologist spotted the mushroom under an oak tree in an established neighborhood in Boise...

COVID-19 media briefing set for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday

The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) will hold a media briefing about COVID-19 in Idaho at 2:30 p.m. (MT) Tuesday, March 15, via Webex.

Those who will attend the briefing from DHW include Director Dave Jeppesen, Elke Shaw-Tulloch...

Public Notices and Meetings

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DHW is accepting public comment on the proposed use of funds during federal fiscal year 2022 for the Preventive Health & Health Services Block Grant.

A public hearing will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. MT on Wednesday, May 18 via teleconference call-in.  

The plan will be available for public review, and copies may be obtained through written request to the Risk Reduction and Prevention Section, Division of Public Health, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare at RRPSection@dhw.idaho.gov

Anyone may submit written comment regarding the proposed use of funds for this block grant.  For more information, to submit written comments, or to obtain call-in details for the public hearing on May 18, email to RRPSection@dhw.idaho.gov or write to Department of Health and Welfare, 450 West State St., 4th Floor,P.O. Box 83720, Boise, Idaho, 83720-0036.  Written comments regarding the plan must be submitted on or before May 17, 2022. 

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The Department of Health and Welfare will be conducting virtual negotiated rulemaking sessions the third and fourth weeks of May in preparation of the repeal and replacement of IDAPA 16.03.19, “Certified Family Homes,” which will occur during the 2023 legislative session. Stakeholders are invited to attend the session offered for their regions. The sessions begin May 16 and end May 25. 

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The Department of Health and Welfare will conduct a virtual negotiated rulemaking session from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 18 regarding 16.02.19 – Idaho Food Code Docket No. 16-0219-2201. 

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The State Behavioral Health Planning Council will meet online, as well as at the PTC Building, 3rd Floor, Conference Room 3A, 450 W State Street, Boise, ID 83702, on May 18 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. MST, and May 19 and May 20 from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. MST.

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The current Aged and Disabled §1915(c) waiver is set to expire on Sept. 30, 2022, and the department will request an effective date of Oct. 1, 2022, with a new term of five years for the renewal. Changes will include:

  • Updates to certain quality assurance metrics
  • Updates to reimbursement methodologies for certain services
  • Adjustments related to the flexibilities allowed in Idaho's Attachment K amendment in response to the coronavirus public health
  • emergency
  • Updates to align with recent changes to Idaho code

Idaho Medicaid will host a public hearing from 9 a.m. to noon MT at 450 W. State. St., Boise. 

Webex: https://idhw.webex.com/idhw/j.php?MTID=m7ba075be4ef0dcd6010934eabaad2cb6
Meeting Number: 2458 247 8486
Password: CSd2Mc4FYN8 (77326243 from phone or video system)

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The Regional Early Childhood Committee (RECC) Region 7 will meet via webex on May 19, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

Webex Information:
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https://idhw.webex.com/idhw/j.php?MTID=m0223617f92b73040b9052b169c4bd2ca

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Meeting number (access code): 2456 688 3207
Meeting password: 7qPSG3d8XBA (77774338 from phones and video systems)
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The Regional Early Childhood Committee Region 5 will meet at 9:30 a.m. MT May 19 in Twin Falls and via Zoom. Details in the agenda. 

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The Board of Health and Welfare will meet May 19, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Pet T. Cenarrusa Building, 450 W. State Street in Boise, in the 10th floor conference room.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, meeting attendance is available via Webex. Call 1-415-655-0003, meeting number 2469 289 1121, password 22378964

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The Regional Early Childhood Committee (RECC) Region 7 will meet via webex on May 19, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 

Webex Information:
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Meeting number (access code): 2456 688 3207
Meeting password: 7qPSG3d8XBA (77774338 from phones and video systems)
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The Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 20. The purpose of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee is to review clinical drug evidence and utilization trends to make recommendations to the Department on preferred drug status and clinical criteria for appropriate drug use. review clinical evidence.

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Southwest Idaho Treatment Center (SWITC) Advisory Board will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. MT on Friday, May 20, in Classroom A in White Hall, 1660 11th Ave N, Nampa. Agenda is forthcoming. 

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The SWITC Advisory Board will meet Friday, May 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at SWITC Classroom A and via WebEx.

WebEx conference call-in details
Meeting number (access code): 2454 584 2594
Meeting password: 54JGpB4ZmMt (54547249 from phones & video systems)

Join by phone:
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+1-720-650-7664 US Toll (Denver)

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Dial 24545842594@idhw.webex.com
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