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Otter praises Malek exchange bill, said it would ‘complement’ his by increasing legislative oversight

Gov. Butch Otter isn’t opposing the new health insurance exchange bill that Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene, will propose in House Health & Welfare this morning at 9 – in fact, he’s praising it. “I think he understands what they’re trying to do and appreciates their effort,” said Otter’s chief of staff, David Hensley. “Rep. Malek presented that information to our office, so we had a chance to review it.”

One of the concerns raised at the Senate committee hearing on the governor’s exchange bill, SB 1042, was about legislative oversight, though the Senate panel approved the governor’s bill on an 8-1 vote. Malek’s bill proposes more legislative oversight, including adding two legislators to the exchange board, chosen by the speaker and pro-tem, and providing for additional legislative oversight in the process, including of rates the board would set.

“The governor believes that it complements SB 1042, thinks there are some good ideas represented in that RS,” Hensley said.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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