Despite Opposition, Senate Passes SB1042 for State Exchange

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In a lengthy and at times contentious session, the Idaho Senate considered two efforts to stall Gov. Butch Otter’s insurance exchange legislation, a plan he has put forth to bring Idaho into compliance with federal mandates and to implement Obamacare in the state. But, in the end, the bill passed with a comfortable margin, 23-12.

Senate Bill 1042 met with opposition from two senators in particular, who found fault with it and sought to make changes, rather than have the full Senate vote on it.

Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll, R-Cottonwood, said during open debate that the legislation would not adequately allow Idaho to prevent the federal government from mandating insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs. Nuxoll then motioned that the bill be sent back for amending. Her motion was defeated, 25-10.

Sen. Cliff Bayer, R-Boise, noted what he believed were additional flaws with the bill. “I believe the process needs to hit the reset button,” Bayer stated, pointing out that as written, the bill would create an insurance exchange that would be subject to what the bill characterizes as “all applicable law.”   Read More…

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