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C.L. "BUTCH" OTTER
Governor
State of Idaho
DEPARTMENT OF INSURANCE
700 West State Street, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, Idaho 83720-0043
Phone (208)334-4250
Fax (208)334-4398


DEAN CAMERON
Director

NEWS RELEASE

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2015
CONTACT: Tricia Carney
208-334-4312
tricia.carney@doi.idaho.gov
cell 208-850-2342
Insurance Department Thanks Congressional Delegation

BOISE ID (October 15, 2015) – The Idaho Department of Insurance expresses thanks to Congressmen Mike Simpson and Raúl Labrador and Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch for their support of the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act which was signed into law on September 28. The PACE Act allows states the option to define “small group” for the purposes of health insurance.

“Giving states options when it comes to health insurance is critical in controlling costs,” says Department Director Dean Cameron. “We are grateful to our delegation for protecting the citizens and employers of Idaho when they voted to support this important bill. Special thanks to Congressman Simpson and Senator Crapo for sponsoring the bill.”

The Affordable Care Act changed the definition of “small group” for the purposes of health insurance from an employer with 1-50 employees to one with 1-100 employees. This change would subject mid-sized employers (those with 51-100 employees) to new rating restrictions and benefit requirements. These changes could increase costs to employers, limit flexibility and ultimately drive up premium costs for employees.

The PACE Act gives states the opportunity to define “small group” in a manner consistent with their demographic needs. Idaho will retain its previous small employer definition as per Idaho Code of up to 50 employees.

About the Department of Insurance
The Idaho Department of Insurance has been regulating the business of insurance in Idaho since 1901. The mission of the Department is to equitably, effectively and efficiently administer the Idaho Insurance Code and the International Fire Code. For more information, visit www.doi.idaho.gov.




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About the Department of Insurance
The Idaho Department of Insurance has been regulating the business of insurance in Idaho since 1901. The mission of the Department is to equitably, effectively and efficiently administer the Idaho Insurance Code and the International Fire Code. For more information, visit www.doi.idaho.gov.