Your Health Idaho Enrolls More Than 103K for Health Insurance for 2019 

Earlier this month, Pat Kelly, the executive director of Your Health Idaho, offered a simple message to people waiting until the last minute to sign up for health insurance through the state exchange.

"Our message is 'don't wait,'" he said.

In the last days of 2018, the numbers from Your Health Idaho showed people heeded his advice. More than 103,000 people signed up for health insurance plans that will go into effect starting on Tuesday, Jan. 1, using the exchange. Eighty-three percent of those people were renewing their plans—a sign Kelly, writing in a press release, said pointed to the value of the exchange as a way for people to obtain insurance.

"We attribute this success to Idahoans understanding the vital role the exchange plays and our ability to offer individuals and families a robust number of insurance plans with a variety of options in coverage," he wrote.

In 2016, approximately 106,000 people obtained insurance through Your Health Idaho for 2017, and in 2017, 104,000 people signed up for 2018.

Nine in 10 people signing up for coverage are eligible for a tax credit associated with signing up for health insurance, and four in 10 would be able to obtain a bronze-level plan for free with that credit.
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