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Idaho to seek grants for health exchange

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter gave the go-ahead Monday for the state to apply for nearly $31 million in federal grants to start an Idaho health insurance exchange. “It’s a difficult choice, but one I find far preferable to submitting to a federally established insurance exchange, with all the loss of control over our own destiny that entails,” Otter said. He said the exchange will be designed to make health coverage more accessible and affordable for Idahoans.

Otter touts state exchange

BOISE – Idaho stands to lose big if it doesn’t apply for a $40 million federal grant by Sept. 30 to set up a state-run health insurance exchange, Gov. Butch Otter and two top state agency officials told state lawmakers Monday. If the state doesn’t get going with an exchange, the federal government will step in and do it, Otter warned. Idaho is “at a crossroads,” the governor told members of the Legislature’s joint health care task force.

Otter vetoes health measure

BOISE – Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed legislation that sought to block federal health reforms in Idaho but directed state agencies to take steps to avoid most of the White House provisions. The measure, House Bill 298, said that Idaho wouldn’t comply with discretionary provisions of the law for one year and prohibited the state from accepting federal money to implement the federal law or from moving to set up a health care exchange.