Idaho autism insurance reform in spotlight from advocate group

Idaho autism insurance

This is one of only four states in the country without a mandate requiring coverage for those on the spectrum. A new Idaho insurance reform effort is underway as a result of an advocate group that wants to bring the state up to the national standard. There are only four states left in the country that do not require private insurance companies to provide autism treatment coverage. The new movement is designed to encourage reform in autism health insurance coverage. Over the weekend, advocates for Idaho autism insurance met in…

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Idaho makes changes to its health insurance exchange

Idaho health insurance

State health insurance exchange has been improved to better serve consumers The Idaho health insurance exchange, called Your Health Idaho, is expected to be prepared for business on November 1, when the next open enrollment period begins. The state has been working to reprogram the infrastructure of the exchange, introducing various tweaks and new features that are expected to improve the exchange shopping experience. The exchange has been working to test the changes that have been made for several months in order to ensure that the insurance exchange will be…

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Health insurance premium requests issued in Idaho

Idaho health insurance

Insurers want to raise premiums by an average of 25% in the state Health insurance companies in Idaho are seeking rate increases from state regulators. On average, these insurers are seeking an increase in premiums of 25%, which would go into effect in 2016. Insurers cite the growing cost of medical care and changes in the utilization of medical services as the justification for higher rates. Over the past year, medical costs have grown exponentially, which has lead to financial losses for health insurance companies doing business in the state.…

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Health insurance exchange in Idaho boasts of high enrollment numbers

Idaho health insurance

Idaho is ranked fourth in terms of enrollment in insurance exchange Idaho’s health insurance exchange has proven to be successful. The exchange is ranked fourth in the nation in the number of people enrolled per capita. Many people living in the state have managed to find the health insurance coverage they need through the exchange. A significant portion of these people are receiving subsidies from the federal government, which help them afford the coverage that they have purchased through the state’s exchange, called Your Health Idaho. Exchange manages to find…

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Idaho health insurance exchange is off to a good start

Idaho health insurance

State officials make note of the exchange’s strong performance Idaho officials claim that the state’s health insurance exchange is off to a good start. Your Health Idaho, the state’s exchange, has reported that it has received 74,689 enrollments since the begin of the open enrollment period through December 14. Enrollments are a combination of new applicants and those renewing the coverage they found last year through the exchange. The state’s efforts to promote the exchange seem to have been successful thus far. Idaho exchange manages to recover from the technical…

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Health insurance exchange in Idaho beats its enrollment targets

Idaho health insurance

The state’s website has managed to sign up more residents than had been anticipated. The Idaho health insurance exchange has beat even its own targets throughout its first open enrollment period, after having managed to draw 76,061 residents of the state to sign up for their plans. This achievement was so great that it represents almost double the initial targets that the exchange had made. Ahead of the open enrollment period that lasted six months, the federal government had predicted that 40,000 people would enroll in health insurance on the…

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Idaho insurance exchange reaches new milestone

Idaho health insurance

Enrollment in state’s health insurance exchange has begun to accelerate Enrollment numbers in the Idaho insurance exchange are beginning to pick up. The state has been promoting its health insurance exchange for several months, but relatively few people have enrolled for coverage through the exchange. The exchange is meant to provide consumers with access to affordable coverage, but misconceptions concerning the Affordable Care Act, as well as the lack of information available concerning its provisions, have made the exchange relatively unpopular with many people in the state. More than 32,000…

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Idaho to shun federal financial aid for building a health insurance exchange

Idaho legislators are opposing the idea of using federal grants to build a health insurance exchange in the state. Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services rewarded $20.3 million to the state in order to help with the project. Governor C.L. Otter was eager to use the money to push ahead the construction effort and prepare the state for a new health insurance system. Legislators failed to approve a plan that would put the money to use, however, they are now looking to build an exchange without federal…

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Idaho legislators debate health insurance exchange issues as new legislative session begins

The Idaho Legislature convened earlier this month for its latest legislative session and one of the main topics of discussion is whether the state will build a health insurance exchange program. The state has received a $20 million federal grant to help build the exchange, but legislators have yet to accept the funds as they still remain divided on the issue. Idaho is one of 22 states that have not reached a conclusion on what to do about an insurance exchange yet. Health insurance exchanges are part of the Affordable…

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Federal regulators step in to take charge of Idaho’s review of insurance rates

A number of private insurance companies in Idaho have submitted rate increase proposals to the state’s Department of Insurance. Normally, the issues would be handled by state regulators, but the federal government will be stepping in to handle the investigation beginning in the fall. This move is inspired by an executive order from Governor C.L. Otter, which has banned the state from adhering to the overarching federal health care law. Otter’s order means that the state is unable to comply with federal regulations regarding insurance rates. Because the state cannot…

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