Crises Plague Idaho Health Care Exchange

Idaho insurance exchange officials estimate that so far, fewer than 100 Idahoans have purchased a federal health care policy.

Part of the reason: the glitch-plagued federal data hub, based in Washington, D.C., has hampered efforts to sign up and browse Idaho’s health care exchange insurance plans.

The Idaho system is required to have 40,000 enrollees in order to meet federal 2014 goals.

If that target isn’t met, Your Health Idaho officials will be forced to raise the current 1.5% fee charged insurers on each policy sold, to make sure that the exchange is solvent come 2016, it’s self-sufficiency deadline.

Adding to the frustration:

  • Board members say those potentially enrolling in a federal health care policy are upset at being required to divulge almost everything in their entire life before they can shop for policies.
  • Idahoans lack the capability of learning the level of federal tax subsidy they’ll qualify for, based on their annual income.
  • Insurers are fielding calls from frustrated customers rejected by the federal exchange.

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