Gov. C.L. 'Butch' Otter's Office Receives Health Insurance Exchange Recommendation

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The office of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter received a report on Wednesday, outlining recommendations on implementing the Affordable Care Act in Idaho, press secretary Jon Hanian confirmed.

A 13-member panel tasked with examining Idaho's ACA implementation met Oct. 26 and urged the governor to pursue a state-based health insurance exchange, a marketplace for insurance plans mandated by the federal legislation.

The 50-page report issued by the group includes data collected by the working group over a series of meetings, which took place over the last few months.

"He will read it, consider it and then make his decision," wrote Hanian in an email. "The governor is doing his own due diligence now that he has received their work, and when that is complete, he will make his decision known."

At the Oct. 26 meeting, the group debated the pros and cons of a state-based exchange, but chose that option over a federally mandated alternative. Panel members felt a federal exchange could be more costly, and less flexible.

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