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Growing startup behind Idaho, others’ health care exchange systems

BOISE – The successful launch of Idaho’s new health insurance exchange website is a success story for a Silicon Valley tech company. GetInsured provided the software as part of an ongoing $37 million contract. The firm also is working with exchanges in California, New Mexico and Mississippi. The company, led by two entrepreneurs with a history of successful startups, formed as a private insurance exchange company in 2005, then got into the state exchange business after the Affordable Care Act passed. GetInsured beat out companies 10 times its size for the New Mexico contract, which is worth $39.9 million. Idaho has paid the company $26 million so far for a project that’s on budget and on time.

Idaho reports flawless opening of health insurance exchange

BOISE – Idaho’s state health insurance exchange – unlike Washington’s – reported a flawless launch over the weekend, as the state shifted from relying on a federal technology platform to a home-built one. “It’s 360 degrees different,” said Pat Kelly, Your Health Idaho executive director. At last year’s launch, he said, “It just plain didn’t work.” This time, he said, “We had a very successful first couple of days; no technology problems to speak of.”

Feds bring in troubleshooter for health insurance exchange

WASHINGTON – A familiar troubleshooter has been enlisted to try to fix the government’s health insurance website, administration officials said Tuesday, as political pressure piled up over the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s health care law. Jeffrey Zients, a former acting director at the Office of Management and Budget, will assist the Department of Health and Human Services with “short-term advice, assessments and recommendations,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said. Zients has served as the chief performance officer at OMB, a job aimed at improving government technology and efficiency.

Idaho lawmakers want health exchange contract canceled

BOISE – Two state lawmakers called Monday for cancellation of a nearly $375,000 no-bid contract awarded to one of the Your Health Idaho insurance exchange’s own board members. Republicans Sen. Jim Rice, of Caldwell, and Rep. Kelley Packer, of McCammon, both of whom sit on the board, said the exchange’s $180-per-hour contract with Frank Chan was overpriced, inappropriate and not in taxpayers’ best interests.

Idaho exchange may need fee hike

Idaho insurance exchange leaders could hike a fee on individual policies by nearly 75 percent within two years because existing assessments may be insufficient to sustain the Internet health coverage marketplace’s operations, emails show

Eye on Boise: Crapo addresses losing campaign funds

BOISE – Idaho Sen. Mike Crapo is defending his former campaign manager who lost $250,000 in campaign funds in a risky investment, while also calling the incident “discouraging” and “distressing.” Crapo’s then-campaign manager, Jake Ball, loaned $250,000 in campaign funds in 2008 to a longtime friend’s now-defunct investment company, Blueberry Guru LLC, which invested it into real estate ventures in Nevada and California that promised a quick profit. Instead, the money disappeared.

Idaho health exchange board threatened with lawsuit

BOISE – Idaho’s new health insurance exchange board gathered for its first meeting Monday, and each of its 19 members had already received a somewhat surprising welcome: an anonymous call threatening a lawsuit. “I got a call from a guy who did not want to identify what firm he worked for,” said Stephen Weeg, the board’s interim chairman. “He just wanted to give us all a notice that within three months’ time we would all be sued for being on this board.”