More Than 70,000 Idahoans Use Your Health Idaho to Select Health Insurance

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Your Health Idaho, the Gem State's health care insurance exchange, has reported that in the first month of open enrollment, nearly as many Idahoans have signed up for health insurance plans through the service as signed up in 2013.

Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 14, 74,689 Idahoans purchased health insurance - either as new applicants or those renewing their coverage - through the exchange. In 2013, 76,000 Idahoans signed up using Healthcare.gov, the federal government-run health insurance exchange website. Open enrollment through Your Health Idaho continues through February 15, 2015.

"There is a huge demand for health insurance in our state," Your Health Idaho Executive Director Pat Kelly wrote in a press release. "We are pleased so many Idahoans have already found a health insurance plan that fits their needs."

Those interested in purchasing insurance taking effect Jan. 1, 2015, must have selected a plan by Saturday, Dec. 20, and payment for the plan must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.