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Cameron praises amendment to fed law that lets states define ‘small group’ insurance

Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron is praising new federal legislation signed into law on Sept. 28, backed by all members of Idaho’s congressional delegation, to amend the Affordable Care Act to allow states to define what constitutes a “small group” for insurance purposes. “Giving states options when it comes to health insurance is critical in controlling costs,” Cameron said. “We are grateful to our delegation for protecting the citizens and employers of Idaho when they voted to support this important bill. Special thanks to Congressman Simpson and Sen. Crapo for sponsoring the bill.”

The ACA changed the definition of “small group” from an employer with 1-50 employees to one with 1-100 employees. Cameron said that differed from Idaho law, which considered those with 51-100 employees to be mid-sized employers, subject to different rating and benefit requirements than small groups. The newly approved bill lets states decide how to define small groups. Cameron said Idaho will stick with its up-to-50-employees definition.

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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