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Despite lawsuit, Idaho eager to set up insurance exchange

Published June 17, 2010 7:57 am

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The Idaho Department of Insurance is working to implement a major piece of a new health care law, even as the state seeks to overturn the reform in a federal lawsuit.

States are required under the new law to set up the new insurance markets, called exchanges, which let consumers and small businesses choose health insurance.

Department director Bill Deal said his staff is working to get the health care exchanges in place two years ahead of the deadline. Idaho is required to have an approved plan by 2013, with an operating exchange available by 2014, he said.

"You don't just form a program like this, flip the switch and have it run perfectly." Deal said. I'd like to get it going a little earlier."

The Associated Press

Despite lawsuit, Idaho eager to set up insurance exchange