Idaho is ranked 17th in the United Health Foundation's 2012 comparison of health status across the 50 states.
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State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Idaho, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Idaho Individual High Risk Reinsurance Pool
(link is to a PDF on program)
Toll-free 1-800-721-3272 (In-state only)
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Idaho started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Idaho's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
Federal reform and health insurance in Idaho — How the State of Idaho will implement the provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
Idaho Child — Helps qualifying low-income families get health insurance for their children ages 18 and under.
State of Idaho Medical Services — Various state medical programs including medicaid, immunizations, mental health and more.
Idaho Department of Insurance Consumer Publications — Includes a “Shopping Guide to Health Insurance” published by the State of Idaho and other publications.
Senior Health Insurance Benefit Advisors Program — Senior Health Insurance Benefit Advisors Program – services for Idaho citizens on Medicare.
Idaho Health Care for All — An association of concerned citizens committed to seeing that all residents of the state have access to high quality medical care through universal health insurance coverage. It is the Idaho chapter of the national organization Physicians for a National Health Program PNHP.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Idaho.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Idaho -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Idaho.
Why health care reform is important to Idaho -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Idaho.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Idaho -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Idaho.
Idaho mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Idaho -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $70 per family in 2012.
03/13/2013 2:03 PM
Idaho Statesman — The House voted 41-29 in favor of a state-run exchange. Twenty-eight Republicans joined all 13 Democrats to pass the legislation. The Idaho Senate previously approved a state-run exchange.
03/03/2013 3:03 PM
Twin Falls Times-News — Gov. Otter reiterated his “intense opposition” to Obamacare while urging the state House to pass legislation that authorizes a state-run health insurance exchange in Idaho. Otter said those who continue to oppose a state-run exchange are engaging in political wishful thinking.
02/24/2013 7:02 PM
Coeur d’Alene Press — While Gov. Otter and 16 pragmatic freshmen legislators prefer a state-run exchange over a federal one, citizens and many other legislators continue their protest. At a town hall meeting, one opponent spoke of an exchange as “tyranny” by the federal government, and another referenced the Holocaust.
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