to the editor from this week's Chronicle:
To the Editor
Congratulations to the Prairie Pirate football team and coaches. You
represented our school and community with class. Thanks also to the cheerleaders
and band for your positive support. We are very proud of each and every
one of you. A job well done!
Jerry and Janet Richardson
To the Editor
Editorís note: The following was submitted to the Chronicle by Marge
Is the State Health Exchange really an ďIdaho solution?Ē Supporters
say it is, but judge for yourself:
Itís Idaho based. No. Applications are done through federal software.
It offers Idaho health plans. No: The benefits offered, coverages
provided and certain changes to premium rates are based on federal rules.
Itís Idaho pricing (promised $4.80 per member per month)? No:
The user fee is 1.5 percent of the premium ó wherever that premium ends
up. Thatís the same way the federal exchange prices ó percentage of the
There are Idaho cost controls. No: The cost estimate went from $20
to $70 million.
Idahoís budget is left alone. No: The State Health Exchange borrowed
$375,000 from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. How many hours
of state employee time (Department of Health and Welfare, Department of
Insurance, governorís office, etc.) are being used for the state health
It provides Idaho oversight? Not really: The health exchange
law allows it to award contracts ó even to former state health exchange
board members ó without a competitive bid. Legislature cannot do a thing
It is Idaho transparent. Questionable: Until a couple of days
ago, an individual had to complete an application (giving up personal financial
information) before they could even browse a health plan.
STEPHEN M. ACKERMAN
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