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Idaho’s health coverage gap still unaddressed as lawmakers push toward adjournment

Health care advocates rallied at the Idaho Capitol on Thursday, calling for lawmakers to take back up Gov. Butch Otter’s health coverage gap proposal, which was pulled from the House floor without a vote two weeks ago. But lawmakers are showing few signs that they’ll do so; they’re pushing hard to adjourn this year’s legislative session as soon as next week.

House, Senate Dems call for action this session on health coverage gap

House and Senate Democrats held a news conference this afternoon to call for action this year on Idaho’s health coverage gap, in which 78,000 Idahoans make too much to qualify for the state’s Medicaid program, but not enough to be eligible to buy subsidized health...

Otter’s health coverage gap bill pulled

Gov. Butch Otter’s dual-waiver Idaho Health Care Plan was pulled from the Idaho House on Tuesday without a vote and sent back to committee, a dramatic defeat for Otter and others who have pushed for five years to close the state’s health coverage gap.

Idaho officials pitch health care plan to federal officials

Idaho officials pitched the state's plan for health care to federal officials, making a case to allow insurers to sell plans that don't comply with the Affordable Care Act. The Idaho Statesman reports Republican Gov. Butch Otter and Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron met with top federal health care officials last weekend...

Murray, Otter in war of words over Idaho’s health insurance move

Washington Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday criticized Idaho’s decision to allow the sale of health insurance plans that don’t comply with Obamacare rules as “illegal Idaho junk plans,” prompting Idaho Gov. Butch Otter to retort that Washington has sanctuary cities and recreational marijuana – also bucking federal rules.

Idaho’s catastrophic health care program sees jump in cases

Caseloads for Idaho’s Catastrophic Health Care Fund have taken a sharp upturn this year, and they’re expected to continue to rise as more Idahoans are priced out of health insurance or decide not to purchase it as the federal government lifts its individual mandate.

Idaho says so far, feds aren’t pushing back on insurance rules that skirt Obamacare

Idaho has caught national attention as health care experts try to make sense of the state’s rogue move – letting health insurance companies sell plans that don’t follow federal law. The executive order signed in early January by Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little would let insurers bring new plans to market that break the rules of the...

Otter, Little hit road to promote new, cheaper health insurance option

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little have hit the road to promote their executive order asking Idaho insurers to offer cheaper plans that don’t comply with all requirements of the Affordable Care Act, making stops Monday in Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene.