Idaho’s Own Health Exchange Launches Smoothly
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials are touting a smooth launch to the state's health exchange. Idaho didn't have time to build its own website before enrollment began last year, so it relied on the federal website, which had a rocky start full of technical glitches. This year, Idaho did launch its own website at yourhealthidaho.org, and officials say Saturday's start of open enrollment went smoothly. Executive Director Pat Kelly said Saturday night that the system performed flawlessly. The state's exchange website is part of the Affordable Care Act. Idaho is the first state to transition from the federal marketplace to a state-run version.
The state-run exchanges are facing pressure to handle a surge of sign-ups. Last year, 76,000 Idaho residents enrolled within six months. This year the enrollment period ends in three months, on Feb. 15. Almost 200 plans provided by nine carriers are available on the state exchange.