Wednesday, July 24, 2013

AP: Health Exchange Panel To Meet in Secret; Fears 'A Bull's Eye on Our Chest'

Posted By on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 9:16 AM

The board tasked with crafting Idaho's state-run health insurance exchange—which is scheduled to be operational by Tuesday, Oct. 1, will hold a public meeting Thursday, July 25, at the Idaho Statehouse when it will discuss its progress.

But the public will be locked out of another meeting of the board that same afternoon.

The Associated Press reports that the board claims that the closed-door session will concern protection of "the exchange's intellectual property from those who might exploit it and to discuss risks facing board members between now and Oct. 1."

The AP's John Miller reports that the chairman of the 19-member board, Stephen Weeg of Pocatello, is worried about "a potential threat of a lawsuit against the exchange from critics."

"I don't want to talk about risk management or risk exposure when I've got people in the audience who may want to figure out how to take advantage of the risks we may be talking about," Weeg told the AP. "There are times when we need to be reflective, to make sure we're doing the right things, without having a bull's eye on our chest."

Board members insist that no decision or vote will taken in closed session at a downtown Boise law office.

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