Idaho mulling whether to extend insurance policies

Idaho mulling whether to extend insurance policies

Credit: KTVB

Department of Insurance Director Bill Deal (on left facing camera) attends a meeting of the Your Health Idaho board on Nov. 12.

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 15, 2013 at 5:23 PM

BOISE -- Idaho Department of Insurance Director Bill Deal said he's likely to announce Monday whether his state will adopt President Barack Obama's proposal to extend old health insurance policies that otherwise would be canceled.

Through a spokeswoman on Friday, Deal said he's in discussions with Idaho insurers offering policies to individuals on how such a move would impact the state's health coverage marketplace.

President Obama on Thursday said he'd allow insurance companies to keep selling their old plans to people whose policies were going to be canceled.

But that decision requires state approval.

And not everybody -- even in Democratic-led states typically friendly to the president -- is going along with it.

For instance, Washington state's insurance commissioner says he's worried adopting Obama's proposal would disrupt his state's insurance market stability.

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