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Idaho House Lawmakers Move Forward With Health Insurance Exchange

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Idaho house lawmakers have voted to back Governor otter’s state-based health insurance exchange.

The bill is now headed to the senate for a vote.

The Idaho health insurance exchange was debated on the house floor for seven hours this week.

Lawmakers voted 41 to 29 to move forward with a state health exchange.

"Many legislators felt that this was the best way to prevent Obama care from running over and have a voice,” said Representative Stephan Hartgen.

29 of the 70 Representatives in the house did not want the bill to pass.

"Some felt that we would be better off not passing the bill but at this point the bill did pass,” said Hartgen.

The governor’s plan would use 30-million in federal funding to build an Idaho insurance exchange.

Once the governor signs the bill, nothing immediately will go into effect for Idahoans.

"Basically this just puts in place the parameters for how the state exchange would be setup, managed, and what role Idaho would play so the federal administration cannot come in and take away our rights” said Hartgen.

A debate that will soon come to an end once the Idaho senate decides what is best for the citizens.

Hartgen believes most Idaho insurance companies, agents, and health care providers back the decision.


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