Eye On Boise

Idaho insurance exchange reports progress, despite slowdowns…

YourHealthIdaho.org executive director Amy Dowd addresses the Idaho Legislature's Health Care Task Force on Monday (Betsy Russell)
YourHealthIdaho.org executive director Amy Dowd addresses the Idaho Legislature's Health Care Task Force on Monday (Betsy Russell)

Idaho’s new health insurance exchange still is seeing frustrating computer system delays, but it’s accomplishing its other goals, state lawmakers heard this morning: In-state people are taking the calls from consumers, the state’s Department of Insurance is regulating the plans offered, and buyers are being referred to Idaho insurance agents and brokers. Plus, Idahoans should save millions over the coming year, compared to the cost of letting the federal government run its exchange. That’s because buyers of plans on federally run exchanges pay a 3.5 percent fee to cover the cost of the exchange; Idaho’s fee is just 1.5 percent. The Legislature’s joint Health Care Task Force heard a report on the exchange’s progress at its meeting today; you can read my full story here at spokesman.com.




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