In the current issue of Boise Weekly, we chronicle how Idaho's race to build a state-run health insurance exchange will be a sprint. The exchange must be up and running by Jan. 1, 2014, but the exchange must also be prepared to start taking applications as early as this October.
"Please don't shoot the messenger," said Rick Wagner, who specializes in health care reform as director of business development for Eide Bailly LLP. "So many people had their heads in the sand, hoping that something would change or delay this. That's not going to happen. Get your heads out of the sand."
On Tuesday, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter put the men and women tasked with that race in the starting blocks. Otter selected a 19-member board to set the rules and regulations for implementing the exchange.
Jeff Agenbroad—owner of Since 86, Inc.
Dick Armstrong—Director of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (no-voting)
Bill Deal—Director of Idaho Department of Insurance (non-voting)
Frank Chan—owner of Applied Computing
B. Hyatt Erstad—Erstad and Co.
Mark Estess—Idaho director of AARP
Zelda Geyer-Sylvia—president and CEO of Blue Cross of Idaho
Margaret Henbest—executive director of the Idaho Alliance of Leaders in Nursing
Scott Kreiling—president of Regence Blue Shield of Idaho
John Livingston, M.D.—doctor of internal medicine and general surgery
Kelly Packer—Idaho House Representative from McCammon
Jim Rice—Idaho State Senator from Caldwell
John Rusche—Idaho House Representative from Lewiston
Dave Self—senior vice president and regional director for Pacific Source
Kevin Settles—owner of Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery
Tom Shores—Shores Insurance
Karen Vauk—president and CEO of the Idaho Food Bank
Fernando Veloz—MS Administrative Services
Stephen Weeg—retired executive director of Health West