BOISE • One of the major pieces of the health insurance exchange law has been finalized.

On Wednesday, Gov. C.L. “Butch”Otter announced his appointments to the board that will oversee the insurance exchange’s rules and regulations.

The board has 14 voting members representing different interest groups, including insurance companies, small businesses and health care providers. It includes five nonvoting members.

Of the 19 members, 16 are from the Treasure Valley. Only three — Rep. Kelley Packer, R-McCammon, House Minority Leader John Rusche, D-Lewiston, and interim Chairman Stephen Weeg of Pocatello — hail from other parts of the state.

Otter spokesman JonHanian said the governor’s office tried to find members close to the Boise area.

“We anticipate these meetings are going to be lengthy and they’re going to be numerous,”Hanian said. “As we were putting this together, we were mindful that we wanted to have a group that could meet often and repeatedly, and wouldn’t be at a hardship if these meetings went long.”

The board hasn’t announced its first meeting date, at which it will begin establishing rules and regulations for the exchange. At Wednesday’s Capital for a Day event inJerome, Idaho Department of Insurance Director BillDeal said the exchange is on its way to meeting the federal deadline of operating by Jan. 1, 2014.

But, he said, meeting that deadline will require plenty of work. “It’s going to take a lot of effort,”Deal said.“Time is our enemy.”

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