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Fri., July 26, 2013, 3:43 p.m.

Idaho insurance exchange inks $1.4 million contract for startup

The Idaho health insurance exchange board has selected Boston-based Public Consulting Group for its biggest contract, for professional services including information technology. The $1.4 million pact runs from July 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2014, though either party can cancel with 30 days notice. The firm is charged with handling eligibility and enrollment, consumer assistance, plan management, Medicaid integration and more for the exchange, for both Track 1, in which the exchange will start signing people up Oct. 1 with some assistance from federal systems, and Track 2, in which the full function of Idaho’s exchange will be Idaho-based, including the technology platform.

Paul Buckley, director of government affairs for the firm, said its Idaho exchange work will be managed out of its Denver office. Public Consulting Group is a provider of management consulting services to state, county and municipal governments across the nation, with a growing presence in Canada and Europe as well. It mainly focuses on health care, but has expanded into education, human services, and government information technology as well. You can read the full 22-page contract here; the exchange board announced it at their public meeting Thursday afternoon.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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