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Brokers simplify, confuse health exchange shopping

This month’s glitch-filled rollout of the health insurance marketplaces created by federal law is a business opportunity for brokers and agents, but regulators warn that it also opened the door for those who would seek to line their pockets by ...

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Idaho exchange projects 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. The $70 million Your Health Idaho ...

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Judge rules against media groups in hospital case

A federal judge presiding over an antitrust lawsuit between two major Idaho health care providers has declared that trial testimony and documents can remain hidden from public view, providing attorneys make a compelling case for secrecy. U.S. District Judge B. ...

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Idaho insurance exchange hits opening-day snags

Idaho’s $70 million insurance exchange hit opening-day snags Oct. 1, as did exchanges across the nation, with online applications being processed much more slowly than anticipated due to high Internet volume that hampered efforts to create accounts or enroll in ...

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Idaho insurance agents leery of exchange benefits

On the eve of the Idaho exchange rollout, health care insurance agents are still waiting to be convinced it will benefit their businesses. The concerns came even though the board that created the Internet marketplace for individual and small business ...

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Idaho insurance exchange starts Oct. 1

Idaho’s $70 million insurance exchange starts Oct. 1, allowing about 200,000 people to enroll via its youridahohealth.org Internet site for federally subsidized insurance. That’s a key component of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul. Don’t expect an immediate marketing blitz, however: ...

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Insurer exits Idaho exchange, reducing options

Idaho’s fledgling health insurance exchange lost its only for-profit insurer, cutting nearly 10 percent of the Internet marketplace’s coverage offerings even before it opens for enrollment Oct. 1. Altius Health Plans was slated to sell 15 different individual policies on ...

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Amid fear, HHS pledges privacy for Idaho exchange

Federal officials insisted Sept. 25 that people seeking coverage via Idaho’s online health insurance exchange starting next week shouldn’t fear for their privacy, despite last-minute concerns among foes of President Barack Obama’s health overhaul that more should be done to ...

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