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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013


Otter names members of new insurance exchange board 

Gov. Butch Otter today announced the members of the 19-member board of Idaho's new state-based health insurance exchange, including 14 he appointed; two non-voting ex-officio members, the directors of the state departments of Insurance and Health & Welfare; and three lawmakers appointed by legislative leaders....

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FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012

Otter opts for state-based exchange in Idaho 

Here's a link to my full story at on Gov. Butch Otter's announcement today that he's recommending a privately operated, state-based health insurance exchange in Idaho as the best option for Idaho to maintain control over how health care reform operates in the state....

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Otter's decision applauded, decried... 

The Idaho Health Exchange Alliance, a coalition of more than 400 insurers, businesses, individuals and trade associations in Idaho, applauded Gov. Butch Otter's decision today to recommend that lawmakers approve a privately operated, state-based health insurance exchange. "We're very grateful that Gov. Otter has shown...

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Otter opts for state-run health insurance exchange

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced today that he's notifying the federal government that Idaho will opt for a state-run health insurance exchange, subject to legislative approval. “This is not a battle of my choosing, but no one has fought harder against the mandates and overreaching...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2012

Otter delays insurance exchange decision 

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has decided to delay a decision on how to proceed on a health insurance exchange in Idaho, now that HHS chief Kathleen Sibelius has agreed to give governors more time; a decision had been due today, but now the deadline has...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 2012

FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2012

Working group debates Medicaid expansion options...

Gov. Butch Otter's Medicaid expansion working group is now considering what recommendation to make to Otter. Member Mike Baker spoke out in favor of expansion. "There's financial benefits, there's the opportunity to do something right here," he said. "From the state perspective, you look at...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2012

Luker: Let's wait a year on insurance exchange

Rep. Lynn Luker, R-Boise, has offered a substitute motion at the Health Insurance Exchange Working Group to defer a decision for one year; Wayne Hoffman seconded his motion. Luker said he wants to "defer this decision 'til after the election, 'til after we see what...

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MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012

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TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012

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