The Idaho health insurance landscape includes many avenues through which individuals and families may buy healthcare insurance plans. State residents without access to employer coverage can shop for health plans in the private off-exchange marketplace and through the federal marketplace exchange. Those who are eligible may apply for public health plans such as Medicaid and CHIP.
HealthCare.org offers state residents health insurance quotes for Obamacare individual insurance plans, as well as short-term health insurance, small employer health plans and provides access to Medicaid information.
Idaho and the Affordable Care Act
When the Affordable Care Act took effect and required most Americans to buy health insurance coverage, Idaho elected to establish its own state marketplace. When residents enroll in ACA-compliant health plans sold through the health insurance exchange, they can apply for income-based financial assistance that helps lower their monthly health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket expenses for healthcare.
Only marketplace plans are eligible for income-based premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies. Individuals and families can find both marketplace, on-exchange plans and private, off-exchange plans at HealthCare.org. For those who qualify for financial assistance, HealthCare.org will connect them to the right exchange to complete their enrollment.
The Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) provides a way for employers with 50 or fewer full-time employees to offer healthcare benefits.
Medicaid expansion in Idaho
While many states have expanded Medicaid to single, low-income adults since Obamacare took effect, Maine has not. Residents that want to apply for Medicaid must meet certain eligibility criteria set by the state.
The Idaho Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides low-cost health insurance for eligible children.
Get free quotes on Idaho health insurance plans from leading companies at HealthCare.org, and apply directly for healthcare coverage online.
Idaho has slipped on working for the health conditions of its residents over the last few years. Idaho was ranked in 2014 as the 18th healthiest state to live in by the United Health Foundation.
Idaho has managed to reduce the rate of Violent Crime within the state, and has managed to control Air pollution levels, making the environment Healthier and safer for its residents. This, combined with an increase in Government funding destined for Health ($114 per capita) and a decrease in the percentage of families with children living in poverty make Idaho a perfect place for families to grow.
One of the key issues this state needs to control to ensure that they remain as healthy as they are now is lack of residents with Health Insurance Coverage. If the state officials can manage to lower this percentage, Idaho will prevail as one of the healthiest states of the country.
Insurance and Department of Health Information
Idaho Department of Insurance
700 West State Street
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0043
Phone: (800) 721-3272
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Region 4 – Ada, Boise, Elmore, Valley Counties
1720 Westgate Drive, Suite A
Boise, ID 83704
Phone: (208) 334-6747