BOISE, Id – Idaho lawmakers will tackle some major issues this session including whether the state should create a health insurance exchange. Under the Affordable Care Act, such an exchange will have to be in place by 2014. The question is whether Idaho would be better off going with a national system or creating a state one. The Idaho Department of Insurance will help craft legislation on a state-based exchange. Bill Deal is the Department’s Director. He told Samantha Wright that a state health insurance exchange would be a web-based portal to find and purchase medical insurance for each person.
Lawmakers will decide in the next few months, whether Idaho will have its own health insurance exchange or go with a federal one.
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