Boise, ID. – Last Thursday, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator, Seema Verma, issued a letter saying that the ACA remains the law and her that her agency has a duty to enforce it. The written letter came as a response to Idaho’s proposed state-based health insurance plans, backed and touted by Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and Lt. Governor Brad Little, which would allow for insurance plans that don’t meet Affordable Care Act standards to be made available in Idaho’s state-run healthcare exchange. The federal government believes that Idaho’s plan to allow health insurance plans that don’t meet ACA standards to be illegal.
Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter Otter, Lieutenant Governor Brad Little and Idaho Department of Insurance Director Dean Cameron issued the following statement today in response to Thursday’s letter from Administrator Verma.
“Contrary to news media interpretations, the letter from CMS Administrator Verma was not a rejection of our approach to providing more affordable health insurance options for the people of Idaho. Her letter made it clear that Idaho’s efforts to pursue innovative alternatives hold great promise, and we believe that Idaho’s plan aligns with the State’s responsibility for “substantially enforcing” Obamacare. In fact, we consider the letter an invitation from CMS to continue discussing the specifics of what can and cannot be included in state-based plans. We will consider all possible options and then continue discussions with CMS and HHS on how best to achieve our shared goals of reducing the costs of coverage and stabilizing our health insurance market.”