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6,000 Idahoans in insurance ‘no-man’s’ land

Six thousand people in 2,500 Idaho households were told they qualify for Medicaid when they went through Idaho’s health insurance exchange to attempt to buy insurance and access possible federal subsidies. But Idaho Health & Welfare Director Dick Armstrong said those eligibility determinations, which were done by the federal government, are suspect, and all are being reviewed. H&W has mailed all those people paper applications for Idaho Medicaid.

“We developed a small team of eligibility workers who will expedite these applications and determine eligibility within one to two days,” Armstrong told lawmakers. But in the meantime, those applicants are in “no man’s land,” not able to either get coverage under Medicaid, or purchase new insurance plans with federal subsidies. Betsy Russell, EOB

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D’s: Otter Late To Health Care Party

Idaho Democrats say they are on Gov. Butch Otter's side in creating a state health insurance exchange — but that doesn't mean the Democrats aren't ripping Otter over health care. A recent Otter guest opinion on health care, published in Sunday's Statesman, indulges in “inventive recollections,” and suggests Otter was planning to address the issue before Congress passed President Obama's health care legislation. “It is great to hear the governor finally express concern about affordable health care but he is showing up late to the game,” Democratic Party executive director Shelley Landry said in a news release today. Sniping between the parties aside, Otter might need votes from the Democratic minority if he wants to get a health insurance exchange through the Legislature. Some Republicans are rallying against the exchange — designed to help small businesses and individuals shop for insurance — because the exchange would be funded through grants from the feds’ health care law/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you support Gov. Otter's proposal to create a state health insurance exchange?

Oregon Insurer Seeks 22% Increase

Item: Oregon's largest health insurer seeks 22 percent rate increase/Joe Rojas-Burke, Oregonian

More Info: Oregon's largest health insurer, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, wants to raise premiums by more than 22 percent for 59,000 customers with individual coverage. In response to the eye-popping rate request, state insurance regulators took the unusual step of scheduling a public hearing, set for June 2.

Question: How affordable is your health insurance?

Group Health To Stop Some Coverage

Item: Group Health to stop covering small businesses: Employers with 50 people or less will no longer receive insurance/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: A Seattle-based health insurance provider’s decision to stop covering small employer groups in Idaho will leave 450 people in the Coeur d’Alene and Moscow areas without medical insurance come Jan. 1. Group Health’s decision to discontinue insuring groups of 50 people or less is a business decision that has nothing to do with health care reform, said Bob Burden, the administrator for the organization’s coverage area east of the Cascades.

Question: How many times have you had to go through the inconvenience of changing insurance companies as a result of changes made by your company or increasing cost?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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