BOISE • The Idaho Health Insurance Exchange has a new name, logo and website.
Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter expects Idahoans to have many questions about health insurance as the countdown continues toward the Oct. 1, 2013, open enrollment period mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act.
At a news conference at the governor’s office Tuesday, state officials launched a new website to answer those questions.
The state health insurance exchange is now “Your Health Idaho,” and its website, www.yourhealthidaho.org, is an online marketplace where Idaho families and small businesses can compare and purchase health insurance.
Amy Dowd, executive director of Your Health Idaho, announced earlier this month that the health exchange received a $20.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“We have a short amount of time to create a credible resource for Idahoans to compare health insurance products during open enrollment,” Dowd said on the website. “We have made tremendous progress in meeting all of the required deadlines and this funding helps to ensure Idaho’s own health insurance marketplace is operational on time.”
The website connects health insurance shoppers with customer assistance, resources and insurance plan information.
Some state officials questioned whether the state would be prepared for the new federally mandated exchange, Otter said
“But it’s quite the opposite,” he said.