The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) issued health advisories for Hells Canyon and Brownlee reservoirs, urging the public to use caution when recreating in or near the water.
Harmful algal blooms identified in Hells Canyon and Brownlee reservoirs
988 Lifeline answers nearly 5 million calls, texts, and chats in its first year, including 12,657 in Idaho
In its first year, the 988 National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline answered nearly 5 million calls, texts, and chats, including 12,657 in Idaho.
First rabid bat of the season found in Ada County, health officials urge caution around bats
A bat found in Ada County tested positive for rabies July 12, making it the first rabid bat reported in the state this year.
Public Health reports first heat-related death in 2023
The first heat-related death in Idaho this year has been reported to the Division of Public Health. An Idaho resident between 40 and 60 years of age died of heatstroke when hiking a strenuous route in southern Idaho in the past week. Temperatures were in the 90s and shade was lacking.
Idaho Behavioral Health Plan contract awarded to Magellan Healthcare, Inc.
The contracting stage of the Idaho Behavioral Health Plan (IBHP) has concluded, and the contract has been awarded to Magellan Healthcare, Inc. The initial four-year term of the contract is worth $1.2 billion.
Idaho WIC makes annual adjustment to income guidelines
Idaho’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will implement new income guidelines effective July 1, 2023, that raise household income eligibility limits to help offset cost of living increases. This review and adjustment happen annually.
Gilmore townsite health-risk information released, public meetings scheduled
LEMHI COUNTY— The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and partner agencies will provide newly available information about the presence of lead contamination at the Gilmore townsite in Lemhi County during two public open house meetings in Leadore and Idaho Falls the week of…
Medicaid members offered free credit and theft protection monitoring after possible data breach
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and Gainwell Technologies are announcing that on April 18, 2023, an unauthorized person gained access to a payment account belonging to a Medicaid healthcare provider.
Rural healthcare grants awarded to 16 seek to attract and retain providers
The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) issued grants this month to 16 rural healthcare providers to help repay their student loan debts and retain them in communities where they’re crucial threads in the rural healthcare safety net.
Papa Murphy’s cookie dough likely linked to Salmonella infections
Division of Public Health officials with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) and several Idaho public health districts have identified four people in Idaho with Salmonella infections (salmonellosis).