Up To 60,000 Idahoans Could Leave Insurance Exchange Under GOP Bill

Mar 20, 2017

A plan from Congressional Republicans to replace Obamacare could result in a mass exodus from Idaho’s online health insurance exchange.

State officials say almost 60,000 people could leave the exchange under the new proposal. Your Health Idaho director Pat Kelly said Friday that’s because it removes tax credit subsidies and the requirement for individuals to have health insurance.

According to the Congressional Budget Office, about 24 million people could lose their insurance across the country. In Idaho, it’s not clear whether those who leave the exchange will fall into what’s known as the Medicaid gap population and go without insurance.

Idaho elected not to expand Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act.

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