News and Updates

News of the Idaho Patient Act is sweeping Idaho and making headlines across the nation. Here, you have access to the latest articles available from dozens of news outlets. Start by reading the four-part investigative series that exposed the issue.

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News & Updates

Medical Debt Bill Goes to Senate

POST REGISTER — A bill to put some limits on medical debt collectors in Idaho is one step closer to becoming law. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send the Idaho Patient Act to the full Senate. The bill already passed the House, and if it passes the Senate it goes to Gov. […]

House passes medical debt bill

EAST IDAHO NEWS — The bill, HB 515, passed the House with 49 votes in favor and 20 votes against with one person abstaining. It now goes to the Senate Business Committee for debate. The legislation is, in part, a response to medical debt collection practices discovered in east Idaho. In an investigation conducted by […]

The good stuff

Idaho Mountain Express — Wrongheaded and lunatic legislation more often than not gets the headlines when the Idaho Legislature meets every winter in Boise. The statehouse too often is a dark thicket of tangled and prickly ideologies that strangle good ideas and good public policy. Even so, this year some good ideas may survive committee […]

Cheers & Jeers: Patients first

THE LEWISTON TRIBUNE — CHEERS … to state Rep. Thyra Stevenson, R-Nezperce. On Wednesday, Stevenson joined a majority of House Business Committee members who backed a bill that requires health care providers to meet billing deadlines. It delays imposition of interest and collection services. And it limits how much lawyers can earn while processing debts. […]

Idaho Patient Act goes to House floor after emotionally charged testimony from both sides

EAST IDAHO NEWS — After hearing passionate and sometimes heated testimony, the House Business & Consumer Committee advanced the Idaho Patient Act to the House floor. All but two legislators of the 18-person committee gave the Idaho Patient Act a “do pass” Wednesday. The recommendation came after individuals for and against the bill testified for […]