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Idaho exchange contract raises conflict of interest concerns

Idaho has hired St. Luke's Health System to help people choose which insurance plans to pick on the online insurance exchange, even though the health care giant stands to financially benefit when customers choose certain plans. Some Your Health Idaho board members raised concerns Friday...

Idaho health insurers propose average premium increase of 38% for 2018

Dean Cameron, director of the Idaho state Department of Insurance, announced today that health insurers offering plans on Idaho’s state insurance exchange have proposed premium rate increases next year averaging 38 percent. “I am deeply disappointed and frustrated to share these rates,” Cameron said in...

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.”

Eye on Boise: Interim YourHealthIdaho director now permanent

Idaho’s state health insurance exchange, YourHealthIdaho, has named a new executive director: Pat Kelly, the former finance director for the exchange who was named interim executive director in July. “Pat has been with us since the very beginning and has a deep understanding of our commitment to our customers and to our state,” said Stephen Weeg, board chairman for the exchange. “After a very competitive nationwide search, we realized we already had the right leader in place.”

Idaho exchange exceeds target for health insurance enrollment

BOISE – Idaho’s exchange signed up 76,061 Idahoans for health insurance plans in the open-enrollment period, nearly double the target, according to numbers released from YourHealthIdaho. The federal government expected 40,000 Idahoans to sign up during the six-month open enrollment period. “It’s very exciting, very, very encouraging that we are on the right path,” said Amy Dowd, executive director of the exchange. “Idahoans are interested in getting insurance for themselves and their families.”