Idaho Mulling Whether To Extend Health Insurance Policies

Nov 15, 2013

Bill Deal
Bill Deal is director of the Idaho Department of Insurance.
Credit Molly Messick / StateImpact Idaho

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.