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State-run exchange on track for October launch

In a story Aug. 11 about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, The Associated Press reported erroneously on details of the implementation of the law in Idaho. The story mistakenly stated in the headline that the state-run health insurance exchange would be delayed for a year. The program is set to launch on time in October. The story also erroneously reported the state will be relying on a federal health insurance exchange for at least a year while it develops its own. Idaho only intends to rely on the federal government for a computer application to help run its state exchange website.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Idaho will be relying on a federal government database and computer application to help run its own health insurance exchange website for at least a year while it develops its own. Idaho was late to endorse the idea of its own insurance exchange, a key component to the 2010 federal health care law. States that don’t run their own exchanges will have federally run exchanges.

The exchanges are aimed at providing a way for people who don’t currently have insurance to buy policies.

But the Idaho Legislature’s decision came too late to develop a state-specific exchange by the Oct. 1 deadline.

Idaho exchange spokesman Jody Olson says Idaho’s website will rely on the federal government’s back-end computer database application until sometime in 2014.

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