BOISE -- Thousands of Idaho residents due to have their insurance policies canceled still haven't been told whether the state will adopt President Barack Obama's proposal to extend existing plans.

Department of Insurance director Bill Deal's aides said Wednesday they were still discussing the matter with Gov. C.L. Butch Otter's administration.

Last Thursday, Obama said he'd allow insurance companies to keep selling their existing plans for another year, amid criticism that he'd long promised nobody would be forced out of their existing policy under the 2010 overhaul.

But the decision requires state approval.

Idaho insurers say they also haven't been advised whether existing customers will be able to retain policies, even if they don't include the essential benefits required under the 2010 law.

Meanwhile, Idaho's neighbor, Washington, has rejected Obama's one-year reprieve.

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