Idaho insurance plans get year's reprieve

Statesman staff and wire reportsDecember 14, 2013 

What was announced?

Regence Blue Shield and Blue Cross of Idaho will extend their health care plans that once faced Jan. 1 cancellation.

Who is affected?

About 100,000 people with either individual or small-group insurance plans with the two providers.

Why were the plans going to be canceled?

The companies expected to have to offer new plans that complied with the Affordable Health Care Act. In November, President Barack Obama delayed the deadline one year due to massive technical problems with the program's website.

What about Idaho?

Gov. Butch Otter asked insurance companies Dec. 3 to extend their current plans but left the decision to those companies.

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