Idaho bumping up against exchange deadline
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A group advising Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on whether Idaho should adopt a state-run insurance exchange -- or let the federal government do it -- is pushing up against an important deadline without reaching a conclusion.
The Idaho Health Insurance Exchange working group met Tuesday as it gathers information to help Otter decide how Idaho will adopt this key portion of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
States have until Nov. 16 to decide if they'll create their own health insurance marketplace -- or join a federal program.
But Idaho's 13-member working group plans to meet again Oct. 24, because it hasn't finished gathering information or drafting its report to Otter.
On Tuesday, the group heard from advisers on what an exchange might cost, depending on which model Idaho chooses.