Blue Cross: Idaho could face risk under self-insurance plan

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By Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Health insurance officials warned lawmakers Wednesday that switching public employees to a self-insurance model could place the state at a greater financial risk. Dave Jeppesen, chief marketing officer with Blue Cross of Idaho, told a legislative working group that Idaho's existing program allows the state the flexibility to decide what health benefits it wants to offer to employees without assuming the risk for medical claims. Lawmakers have long debated whether Idaho should pay for health insurance for about 45,600 state workers and family members directly rather than purchasing insurance through a carrier, known as a fully insured model. Legislative leaders appointed an interim panel to...

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