Idaho Health Insurance Exchange: Fourth-Highest Participation in Nation

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Idaho ranks fourth in the nation, per capita, when it comes to the number of residents who have secured coverage through the state health insurance exchange. To date, more than 85,000 Idahoans are enrolled in, and paying for, health insurance plans purchased through the state-run Your Health Idaho.

Though the 2015 enrollment period closed in February, health exchange officials remind Idahoans that anyone experiencing significant changes in their lives—a new marriage, a new baby, or change in employment—may qualify for a special enrollment period. Otherwise, the next general enrollment is set for Nov. 1, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2016.

During this past year's open enrollment, Idaho became the first state in the nation to transition from healthcare.gov, the federally run exchange platform, to a state-designed technology platform.

Meanwhile, the board of directors for Your Health Idaho has voted to increase the fee assessed to insurance companies participating in the exchange, in order to move closer to financial sustainability. Idaho had assessed a 1.5 percent fee to carriers for any health insurance plans sold on the change. That  fee will rise to 1.99 percent, effective January 2016. Your Health Idaho officials insist that the fee is still below the 3.5 percent assessed on plans sold on the federal platform.