IBA and Idaho Businesses Need YOU to call your Representative

Idaho Business Alliance sent out postcards statewide today to encourage business owners to contact their representatives requesting that they oppose SB1042, the formation of a State-based Insurance Exchange.  If Idaho does not implement a state exchange, the responsibility (and associated costs) will fall back on the federal government.  This fallback scenario is already being utilized […]

Pay or Play? The Unintended Consequences…

The adoption of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it is known by most, has created a whole new category of strategy for business owners.  In his guest piece recently appearing in the IdahoStatesman, J. Kevin West, a shareholder at Parsons Behle & Latimer, defined the issue as follows: The pay-or-play aspect of the law […]

6 Very Compelling Reasons For Rejecting Governor Otter’s Insurance Exchange Agenda

1) Governor Otter’s insurance exchange agenda is being driven by the insurance industry, itself, and not by the private, individual citizens of Idaho– Nearly half of all the individuals the Governor appointed last year to his health insurance task force (which, technically, he referred to as a “working group”) to “study” the possibility of an insurance exchange […]

Hungry, Hungry HIPPA

For many businesses, 2013 will mean a new 10,000 lb elephant in the room, or rather a $10,000-50,000 elephant in the way of a little federal program known as HIPPA.  Why?  Read on…  (republished from an article on IdahoStatesman.com by Kim C. Stanger) On Jan. 25, 2013, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department issued long-awaited […]

A Showdown In Tombstone

Tombstone, Arizona is under federal regulation to preserve the town as a national historic site – yet the U.S. Forest Service, by threat or arrest and federal lawsuit, is denying Tombstone access to its 25 mountain springs to be able to protect the town from fire and to provide for the health and sanitation needs […]