Several Idaho Republican officials met with CMS Administrator Seema Verma to persuade her to reconsider their "state-based plan" model, and they may consider suing if the agency continues blocking the proposal.
Observers are wondering if Idaho officials are negotiating with the Trump administration behind the scenes to meld their proposal for cheaper, leaner individual-market plans with the administration's plan to let insurers offer short-term products.
Health insurance groups were guardedly relieved by the CMS' decision to block Idaho's move to allow noncompliant plans, as they feared other GOP-led states similarly would seek to unravel the Affordable Care Act's consumer protections.
Idaho's House agreed to send Republican Gov. Butch Otter's bill back to committee rather than ask representatives to vote on the bill. That effectively signals that lawmakers have no appetite to address the state's so-called Medicaid gap population during this session.
Idaho lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow state officials to seek a dual 1332-1115 waiver to expand coverage and move chronically ill patients to Medicaid—a wildly popular idea in theory. But is it politically feasible?
While Republican leaders in Idaho and other states look to allow insurers to offer leaner, health risk-related plans to make coverage more affordable, they have failed to take another path that could help bring down premiums while maintaining benefits and protections.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar refuses to take a stance on Idaho's move to get around ACA coverage rules, setting up a potential conflict with congressional Democrats.
The Idaho Blues' new state-based plans violate federal law and could subject the insurer to steep penalties if HHS chooses to enforce the Affordable Care Act. The plans also threaten to harm consumers who enroll and will likely prompt lawsuits, experts said.
One week after Idaho made its first move to ditch ACA regulations for its individual market, congressional Democrats are sounding a warning note to HHS Secretary Alex Azar that they will watch how he handles the Obamacare challenge.
Concerned about soaring healthcare costs, Idaho revealed a plan that will allow insurance companies to sell cheaper policies that ditch key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. It's believed to be the first state to take formal steps without prior federal approval.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed an executive order directing the state Department of Insurance to create guidelines for health insurance carriers to offer lower-priced coverage plans.
The Idaho attorney general has blessed the sale of Ascension's St. Joseph Regional Medical Center to RCCH HealthCare Partners, a for-profit hospital chain formed through the merger of RegionalCare and Capella Healthcare.