More than 76,000 bought insurance on Your Health Idaho exchange

newsroom@idahostatesman.comApril 28, 2014 

The Affordable Care Act's health-insurance exchange had a big debut in Idaho — with enrollments at nearly twice the federal goal.

More than 76,000 Idahoans signed up for health insurance through the state's Your Health Idaho exchange during the first open enrollment period, which ended March 31. The Congressional Budget Office had wanted Idaho to enroll 40,000 people, exchange officials said.

The numbers were announced Monday by Your Health Idaho, which received the tally from federal officials.

Blue Cross of Idaho sold plans to more than half of all people who used the state exchange. The insurer said earlier this month that about 45,000 people signed up for Blue Cross of Idaho plans through Your Health Idaho. Three other companies — SelectHealth, PacificSource and the Regence Blue Shield sister company BridgeSpan — enrolled the remaining 31,000 customers.

The exchange plans included a 1.5 percent fee, intended to go toward costs of operating Your Health Idaho. The exchange currently runs on federal grants but next year will switch over to fee-based funding.

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