Monday, August 12, 2013

S-R: Idaho Insurance Exchange Technology Won't Be Ready By Oct. 1

Posted By on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 9:41 AM

After hiring a new operations team, awarding a $200,000 contract to Gallatin Public Affairs to assist with communications and market research and instructing an Idaho task-force to help build a state-run health insurance exchange before Tuesday, Oct. 1, it turns out that much of the Idaho-based exchange's technology won't be ready in time.

The Aug. 11 edition of the Spokesman-Review reported a bit of a shocker: according to a spokeswoman for the exchange, Idaho will have to rely on the federal government's exchange site for 2014. According to the exchange spokeswoman, when Idahoans access the online marketplace beginning this fall, there will be an Idaho "skin" on top of the federal website, meaning there will be "a few pictures of idaho and some Idaho-selected colors."

In a statement from the exchange, executive director Amy Dowd, explained, "There are instances where we will be using existing technologies temporarily as we develop and test each part of the Exchange."

Meanwhile, Dowd said the Idaho-based operation "is responsible for all decisions made about the exchange," including plan management, its consumer resource center and consumer assistance.

A new official name for the exchange, a logo and consumer-driven website is expected to be unveiled during the week of August 19.

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