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Your Health Idaho is open through April with lower-priced health insurance

By: - April 1, 2021 4:20 am
A clinical doctor goes over some test results with an elderly patient at the hospital.

A clinical doctor goes over some test results with an elderly patient at the hospital. (Courtesy of Tom Werner/Getty Images)

Idaho residents can sign up for health insurance through the Your Health Idaho exchange until April 30.

The special enrollment window gives Idahoans a chance to enroll in health plans that have heavily discounted premiums.

“For the first time ever, tax credits, which act like an instant discount, may be available for those who were not previously eligible and will be increased for Idahoans who already have them,” Your Health Idaho said in a news release Tuesday.

A married couple in their 20s who live in the Treasure Valley and make $50,000 a year could pay less than $10 a month in premiums, the news release said. A family of four making $105,000 could pay $200 a month, it said.

“Every Idahoan currently receiving tax credits through Your Health Idaho will see additional savings,” Pat Kelly, Your Health Idaho executive director, said in the release. “In addition, tens of thousands of Idahoans who weren’t eligible to receive financial help before will now be able to access tax credits that can significantly reduce the cost of their health insurance.”

Tax credits are available only to people who qualify for them. Someone whose employer offers health insurance that meets certain federal rules wouldn’t qualify for the subsidies, even if the employer’s plan is more expensive than the Your Health Idaho plans. And some higher-income Idahoans who are self-employed may not qualify for the tax credits.

To find out if you’re eligible, visit YourHealthIdaho.org to use the anonymous browsing tool.

For those who enroll by midnight April 30, health insurance coverage will begin May 1. 

Need help enrolling? Call Your Health Idaho at 855-944-3246 or visit YourHealthIdaho.org/find-help to get in touch with a qualified insurance agent or broker who offers free advice on health insurance enrollment.

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Audrey Dutton
Audrey Dutton

Audrey Dutton, senior investigative reporter, joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Her favorite topics to cover include health care, business, consumer protection issues and white collar crime. Dutton hails from Twin Falls. She attended college at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City. Before coming home to Idaho, Dutton worked as a journalist in Minnesota, New York, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Dutton's work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, radio journalism, data visualization and much more. Her resume also includes fellowships from the Association of Health Care Journalists, Idaho Press Club, Idaho Media Initiative and Investigative Reporters and Editors. Dutton also teaches an upper-division journalism course at Boise State University. She resides in Boise with her husband, young daughter and two cats.

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