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Your Health Idaho Prepares For New Enrollment Period: ‘Business As Usual’

 

The open enrollment period for Idahoans to secure health insurance via Your Health Idaho, the online exchange, begins November 1st and ends December 15th—coverage would start January 2018.

Despite national headlines on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, Your Health Idaho Executive Director Pat Kelly says it will be “business as usual” in the Gem State health insurance marketplace according to Pat Kelly.  The 2017 enrollment period is about half as long as it was in 2016; and officials are urging Idahoans to begin the enrollment process immediately by browsing the healthcare plan options on yourhealthidaho.org.

Though health insurance rates will be higher for most Idahoans in 2018, many customers will benefit from a cost offset.

The bad news is Idahoans who fail to sign up for 2018 coverage via an employer or Your Health Idaho, will face penalties up to 700 dollars per person and 2-thousand dollars for a family of four.

During last year’s enrollment period, nearly 106-thousand Idahoans signed up for 2017 healthcare coverage, making Idaho once again one of the national leaders in per-capita enrollments.

While the U.S. Congress has failed to pass multiple attempts to repeal the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, Kelly acknowledges changes are coming.  For example, the Trump Administration has already cut funding for ads promoting enrollment sign-ups.

However, since Idaho has its own state-based healthcare marketplace, those changes shouldn’t affect Your Health Idaho.  (Boise Weekly)

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