Secretary Azar Announces Historic Expansion of Telehealth Access to Combat COVID-19

HHS Press Office

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On Tuesday, the Trump Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced unprecedented steps to expand Americans' access to telehealth services during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Centers for Medicare & and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanded Medicare coverage for telehealth visits, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced it will waive potential HIPAA penalties for good faith use of telehealth during the emergency, and the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) provided flexibility for healthcare providers to reduce or waive beneficiary cost-sharing for telehealth visits paid by federal healthcare programs.



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The Lewis Clark Animal Shelter is continuing to monitor the CDC recommendations and is taking the necessary precautions for the health and safety of our shelter staff, volunteers, community, and our animals. We want to emphasize our support of the recommendation of social distancing and avoiding crowds. If you have recently traveled, have a cold or cough, or have had an illness with fever, please stay home and get well. We certainly do not want to put anyone at risk.

LC State To Transition To Distance-Learning On Wednesday; Will Not Hold Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Official News Release | Lewis-Clark State College

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LEWISTON, Idaho – As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve rapidly, Lewis-Clark State College administrators announced on Monday that the college would accelerate its transition from face-to-face classes to distance-learning. After two days of testing, on Monday and Tuesday, LC State will officially implement distance-learning instruction on Wednesday, March 18.

LWS Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport Response to COVID-19

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Lewiston, Idaho: In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to start by saying we are going above and beyond to prevent any disruption to our current services. We are actively implementing a new and improved procedure for cleaning and sanitizing to continue providing the responsive service you expect of LWS.


by Kevin Richert,

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After an hour of debate — centering on several familiar talking points — the Senate passed a controversial transgender athletics bill late Monday afternoon.

The 24-11 vote brings House Bill 500 one step closer to Gov. Brad Little’s desk. But there’s one step in between: even though the House passed the bill on Feb. 26, it will have to vote to decide whether to sign on with the Senate’s amendments.

ITD Issues 90-Day Extension On Expiring Credentials, Encourages Use Of Online Services

News Release | Idaho Transportation Department

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BOISE – To reduce large gatherings of people, the Idaho Transportation Department’s Division of Motor Vehicle is instituting a 90-day extension on some credentials. The public is also encouraged to use the DMV's online services rather than go to the county sheriffs' and assessors' offices for essential services.

Incredible, Edible Aquifer: An At Home Educational Treat

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

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The Incredible, Edible Aquifer is one of our most popular outreach activities at schools and events. This project uses tasty ingredients to illustrate the different layers of an aquifer and to show what happens when one becomes contaminated. Get the recipe and instructions here:


State Waives Costs For COVID-19 Testing

News Release | WA Department of Health

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OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) are making sure residents don’t face financial barriers to COVID-19 testing when they need it. Insurance Commissioner Kreidler issued an emergency order to state-regulated health plans on March 5 to:

  • Cover testing (including any lab fees) and the related visit for COVID-19 without copays or deductibles.
  • Suspend any prior authorization requirement for treatment or testing of COVID-19.
  • Allow enrollees to be treated by another provider within a reasonable distance at no additional cost if there are not enough in-network providers.

The copay and deductible waiver also applies to all high-deductible health plans with qualifying health savings accounts (HSAs), according to guidance from the Internal Revenue Service. This emergency order is in effect from March 5 through May 4, 2020.

Inslee Announces Statewide Shutdown Of Restaurants, Bars And Expanded Social Gathering Limits

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Gov. Jay Inslee announced today an emergency proclamation that mandates the immediate two-week closure of all restaurants, bars, and entertainment and recreational facilities, as well as additional limits on large gatherings. The new orders go into effect at midnight tonight and will be in place through March 31.


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