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Two days of 7 a.m. hearings set on new exchange bill this week

Finally got a chance to listen to the audio from this morning’s House Health & Welfare Committee meeting, where the new state health insurance exchange bill was introduced. One important note: Not only is the bill scheduled for a public hearing starting at 7 a.m. this Thursday in the newly renamed Abraham Lincoln Auditorium on the garden level of the state Capitol, that hearing also is scheduled to continue Friday, same place, same time.

Another addition to the bill from the earlier version that passed the Senate is that a section was added to the emergency clause, declaring that should the federal requirements change regarding dates for establishing an exchange and eligibility rules, the governor would issue a proclamation saying Idaho would no longer be bound by the original dates. Also, another new clause would state that if the national health care reform law or any portion of it is overturned in court, “the exchange shall immediately cease to enforce those affected provisions.”

The new bill is HB 248; you can read it here.

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

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