Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Otter Remains on Fence Regarding 'Obamacare'

"I will ask for findings and recommendations from my working groups by this fall so that we will retain the option of federal funding for developing a health insurance exchange."

Posted By on Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, in an op-ed column distributed to Idaho newspapers Tuesday, opined about his Obamacare dilemma. But the bottom line of his essay is that Otter hasn't made up his mind yet on what to do in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision to uphold the majority of the Affordable Care Act.

Otter isn't ruling out Idaho's creation of an insurance exchange marketplace or even an expansion of Medicaid, but said he'll remain on the fence until his advisers report to him later this fall.

"I will ask for findings and recommendations from my working groups by this fall so that we will retain the option of federal funding for developing a health insurance exchange," wrote Otter.

In this morning's BW, we examine one of the lesser-known but wide-reaching elements of the ACA, which is about to kick in on Wednesday, Aug. 1. A new mandate orders insurance carrriers to cover women's preventive health services, with no co-pay or deductible expense, including wellness checks, screening for diabetes and sexually transmitted diseases and prescriptions for most contraception.

Idaho's two largest carriers, Blue Cross of Idaho and Regence Blue Shield have already begun implementing some of the changes, but there are exceptions. Read the details in today's BW.

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