Monday, Monday: New Developments in Medicaid Mess and US 12 Shipments


Two of this summer’s hot news stories make their way to the front burner again on today.

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter pulls Health and Welfare Director Dick Armstrong, and the owner of Molina Healthcare Systems before the microphones later this morning to talk about Idaho’s medicaid mess.

BW readers know that since Molina Healthcare began servicing Idaho’s Medicaid billing system, a myriad of problems have surfaced: providers not being paid, lack of financial reconciliation and patient billing information being sent to the wrong caregivers. The controversy gained steam through much of July and August and today (Monday), the three men in the center of the firestorm say they'll address the issues.

In Lewiston, a court hearing is slated to consider ConocoPhilips' request to ship four massive loads of refinery equipment across US Highway 12. Conoco has officially requested transport permits from the Idaho Transportation Department, which means that if Second District Judge John Bradbury clears the way today, the loads could roll this week.

Bradbury temporarily blocked the shipments last week in response to a suit filed by three central Idaho businessmen who say the loads could threaten public safety, hurt tourism and risk a protected river corridor.