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Idaho to insurers: Give us plans that don’t follow Obamacare

Concerned about soaring health care costs, Idaho on Wednesday revealed a plan that will allow insurance companies to sell cheap policies that ditch key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the AP reports. It’s believed to be the first state to take formal steps without prior federal approval for creating policies that do not comply with the Obama-era health care law. Health care experts say the move is legally dubious. You can read a full report here from AP reporter Rebecca Boone.

The Idaho Department of Insurance today released guidelines for the new "state-based plans;" you can read it here. The plans still would have to cover minimum benefits including coverage for mental health, prescriptions, preventive care and more. 

Close the Gap Idaho issued a statement saying it was “pleased that most benefits remained intact,” but noted that some coalition members remain concerned over the long-term effects of the proposal, particularly the effect of bringing back age rating on those age 50 to 64.

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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