Idaho Insurer Moves Ahead With Health Plans That Flout Federal Rules

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar faced questions Wednesday from the House Ways and Means Committee about Idaho’s move.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar faced questions Wednesday from the House Ways and Means Committee about Idaho’s move.

Jacquelyn Martin/AP

It’s barely been two weeks since Idaho regulators said they would allow the sale of health insurance that doesn’t meet all of the Affordable Care Act’s requirements — a controversial step some experts said would likely draw legal scrutiny and, potentially, federal fines for any insurer that jumped in.

And on Wednesday, Blue Cross of Idaho unveiled a menu of new health plans that break with federal health law rules in several ways, including setting premiums based on applicants’ health.

“We’re trying to offer a choice that allows the middle class to get back into insurance coverage,” said Dave Jeppesen, the insurer’s executive vice president for consumer health care.

Article source: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/02/15/586010684/idaho-insurer-moves-ahead-with-health-plans-that-flout-federal-rules?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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