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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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Prices are up for premiums on the insurance exchange (access required)

Your Health Idaho, the state health insurance exchange, has released the range of premium rates for individual plans in 2014. Group rates are not yet available. And although coverage changes preclude apples-to-apples comparisons to plans available in 2012, higher individual ...

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New St. Luke’s position brings departments together

Theresa McLeod, formerly an assistant to Boise Mayor David Bieter, is now working at St. Luke’s Health System in a newly created position: director of community relations. Each of St. Luke’s service lines – departments such as cardiology or pediatrics, ...

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Idaho officials launch health insurance website

Idaho officials have launched a website for the state’s health insurance exchange. The Spokesman-Review reports that Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter and Idaho Exchange Executive Director Amy Dowd announced the website at a news conference August 20. The website can be ...

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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 ...

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Obamacare is good medicine for PEOs (access required)

While it’s too soon to identify all of the winners of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, here’s one early contender: professional employer organizations.

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