Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Idaho Health Insurance Exchange Numbers Jump 33 Percent

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 10:09 AM

With just a few weeks left before the window closes on the opportunity to secure health care coverage through the online exchange, Your Health Idaho released new numbers late Tuesday afternoon, indicating that nearly 44,000 Idahoans had selected a health insurance plan through the marketplace—a 33 percent increase from one month ago.

More importantly, officials said Idahoans in all age groups were securing policies through Idaho's state-based exchange. Twenty-six percent of those who have purchased through the exchange are between the ages of 18 and 34, a "typically healthy demographic that is key to the sustainability of Your Health Idaho," according to exchange officials.

But Your Health Idaho officials stressed that there were still approximately 30,000 Idahoans who had started the application process but have not yet selected a plan.

"The time will fly by in the blink of an eye," said Alberto Gonzalez, Your Health Idaho operations project manager, when BW visited the exchange call center in February. "As the deadline nears, this is a call to action, and time is almost up."

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