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Idaho state health insurance exchange
Obamacare open enrollment in Idaho has ended for 2014. People who get married or divorced, change jobs, have a child or experience another qualifying event may be eligible for a special enrollment period. Enrollment for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) continues throughout the year. Native Americans can sign up through […]
July 7, 2014
Idaho Statesman — The federal government expected 40,000 Idahoans to sign up for health insurance through Your Health Idaho. The state exceeded that target by 36,000. Blue Cross of Idaho was the most popular carrier on the exchange, selling policies to about 45,000 people.
April 28, 2014
Kaiser Health News — Among the 36 states currently using HealthCare.gov, only Idaho and New Mexico are committed to moving to state-run models for 2015. Arkansas, Illinois, and Virginia may make the move for 2016.
April 25, 2014
The Spokesman-Review — Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill wrote a guest opinion piece praising Idaho’s decision to “go its own way” in establishing a health insurance exchange. Hill said the decision limited federal control, provided a better consumer experience, created jobs for Idaho residents, and saved consumers money.
April 22, 2014
Associated Press — A preliminary report shows the number of Idaho residents who obtained health insurance increased from about 1,700 people at the end of November to 20,000 people at the end of December. The surge came after improvements to HealthCare.gov, the federal site that Idaho is currently using for the enrollment process.
January 13, 2014
KTVB.com — Steven Weeg, the executive director and board chairman for Your Health Idaho, presented the marketplace’s annual report to state legislators. Weeg spoke of the small, efficient staff running Your Health Idaho, of using only federal grant money in establishing the exchange, and a low user fee – just 1.5 percent compared to 3.5 […]
January 2, 2014
Boise Weekly — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that more than 4,700 applications representing more than 10,500 Idahoans were completed during the first month of ‘Obamacare’ enrollment period.
November 14, 2013
KTVB.com — A review found nothing illegal in the award of a no-bid contract by Your Health Idaho Executive Director Amy Dowd and to a business owned by a then-board member, Frank Chan. Since the deal was struck, Chan resigned from the board, the contract was cancelled, and procurement policies at Your Health Idaho have […]
November 12, 2013
magicvalley.com — The Idaho Freedom Foundation wants to see the law that established Your Health Idaho repealed in 2014. As part of its campaign, the group is sponsoring billboards targeting legislators who supported a state-run exchange.
November 10, 2013
CDAPress.com — In an editorial that’s part pep talk, part scolding, Gov. Otter tells Idahoans to stop dwelling on and politicizing each challenge encountered with the state-run health insurance marketplace, Your Health Idaho. Rather, the state must focus on developing its own technology platform so it can stop relying on the federal platform.
October 30, 2013