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AbstractBrazil is currently you could try this out home to the largest Japanese how to get viagra over the counter population outside of Japan. In Brazil today, Japanese-Brazilians are considered to be successful members of Brazilian society. This was how to get viagra over the counter not always the case, however, and Japanese immigrants to Brazil endured much hardship to attain their current level of prestige. This essay explores this community’s trajectory towards the formation of the Japanese-Brazilian identity and the issues of mental health that arise in this immigrant community.

Through the analysis of Japanese-Brazilian novels, TV shows, film and public health studies, I seek to disentangle the themes of gender and modernisation, and how these themes concurrently grapple with Japanese-Brazilian mental health issues. These fictional narratives provide a lens into the experience of the Japanese-Brazilian community that is unavailable in traditional medical studies about their mental health.filmliterature and medicinemental health caregender studiesmedical humanitiesData availability statementData are available in a public, open access repository.Introduction and philosophical backgroundWork in the medical humanities has noted the importance of how to get viagra over the counter the ‘medical gaze’ and how it may ‘see’ the patient in ways which are specific, while possessing broad significance, in relation to developing medical knowledge. To diagnosis. And to the social position of the medical profession.1 how to get viagra over the counter Some authors have emphasised that vision is a distinctive modality of perception which merits its own consideration, and which may have a particular role to play in medical education and understanding.2 3 The clothing we wear has a strong impact on how we are perceived.

For example, commentary in this journal on the ‘white coat’ observes that while it may rob the medical doctor of individuality, it nonetheless grants an elevated status4. In contrast, the patient hospital gown may rob patients of individuality in a way that stigmatises them,5 reducing their status in the ward, and ultimately dehumanises them, in conflict with the humanistic approaches seen as central to the best practice in the care of older patients, and particularly those living with dementia.6The broad context of our concern is the visibility of patients and their needs. We draw on observations made during an ethnographic study of the everyday care of people living with dementia how to get viagra over the counter within acute hospital wards, to consider how patients’ clothing may impact on the way they were perceived by themselves and by others. Hence, we draw on this ethnography to contribute to discussion of the ‘medical gaze’ in a specific and informative context.The acute setting illustrates a situation in which there are great many biomedical, technical, recording, and timetabled routine task-oriented demands, organised and delivered by different staff members, together with demands for care and attention to particular individuals and an awareness of their needs.

Within this ward setting, we focus on patients who are living with dementia, since this group may be particularly vulnerable to a dehumanising gaze.6 We frame our discussion within the broader context of the general philosophical question of how we acquire knowledge of different types, and the moral consequences of this, particularly knowledge through visual perception.Debates throughout the history of philosophy raise questions about the nature and sources of our knowledge. Contrasts are often drawn between more reliable or less how to get viagra over the counter reliable knowledge. And between knowledge that is more technical or ‘objective’, and knowledge that is more emotionally based or more ‘subjective’. A frequent point of discussion how to get viagra over the counter is the reliability and characteristics of perception as a source of knowledge.

This epistemological discussion is mostly focused on vision, indicating its particular importance as a mode of perception to humans.7Likewise, in ethics, there is discussion of the origin of our moral knowledge and the particular role of perception.8 There is frequent recognition that the observer has some significant role in acquiring moral knowledge. Attention to qualities of the moral observer is not in itself a denial of moral reality. Indeed, it is the very essence of an ethical response to the world to recognise how to get viagra over the counter the deep reality of others as separate persons. The nature of ethical attention to the world and to those around us is debated and has been articulated in various ways.

The quality of ethical attention may vary and achieving a high level of ethical attention may require certain conditions, certain virtues, and the time and mental space to attend to the situation and claims of the other.9Consideration has already been given to how different modes of attention to the world might be of relevance to the practice of medicine. Work that examines different ways of processing information, and of interacting with and being in the world, can be found in Iain McGilchrist’s The Master and His Emissary,10 where he draws on neurological discoveries and applies how to get viagra over the counter his ideas to the development of human culture. McGilchrist has recently expanded on the relevance of understanding two different approaches to knowledge for the practice of medicine.11 He argues that task-oriented perception, and a wider, more emotionally attuned awareness of the environment are necessary partners, but may in some circumstances compete, with the competitive edge often being given to the narrower, task-based attention.There has been critique of McGilchrist’s arguments as well as much support. We find his work a useful framework for understanding important debates in the ethics of medicine and how to get viagra over the counter of nursing about relationships of staff to patients.

In particular, it helps to illuminate the consequences of patients’ dress and personal appearance for how they are seen and treated.Dementia and personal appearanceOur work focuses on patients living with dementia admitted to acute hospital wards. Here, they are a large group, present alongside older patients unaffected by dementia, as well as younger patients. This mixed population provides a useful setting to consider the impact of personal appearance on different patient groups.The role of appearance in the presentation of the self has been explored extensively by Tseëlon,12 13 drawing on Goffman’s work on stigma5 how to get viagra over the counter and the presentation of the self14 using interactionist approaches. Drawing on the experiences on women in the UK, Tseëlon argues Goffman’s interactionist approach best supports how we understand the relationship appearance plays in self presentation, and its relationships with other signs and interactions surrounding it.

Tseëlon suggests that understandings in this area, in the role appearance and clothing have in the presentation of the self, have been restricted by the perceived trivialities of the topic and limited to the field of fashion studies.15The personal appearance of older patients, and patients living with dementia in particular, has, more recently, been shown to be worthy of attention and of particular significance. Older people are often assumed to be left out of how to get viagra over the counter fashion, yet a concern with appearance remains.16 17 Lack of attention to clothing and to personal care may be one sign of the varied symptoms associated with cognitive impairment or dementia, and so conversely, attention to appearance is one way of combatting the stigma associated with dementia. Families and carers may also feel the importance of personal appearance. The significant body of work by Twigg and Buse in this field in particular draws attention to the role clothing has on preserving the identity and dignity or people living with dementia, while also how to get viagra over the counter constraining and enabling elements of care within long-term community settings.16–19 Within this paper, we examine the ways in which these phenomena can be even more acutely felt within the impersonal setting of the acute hospital.Work has also shown how people living with dementia strongly retain a felt, bodily appreciation for the importance of personal appearance.

The comfort and sensuous feel of familiar clothing may remain, even after cognitive capacities such as the ability to recognise oneself in a mirror, or verbal fluency, are lost.18 More strongly still, Kontos,20–22 drawing on the work of Merleau-Ponty and of Bourdieu, has convincingly argued that this attention to clothing and personal appearance is an important aspect of the maintenance of a bodily sense of self, which is also socially mediated, in part via such attention to appearance. Our observations lend support to Kontos’ hypothesis.Much of this previous work has considered clothing in the everyday life of people living with dementia in the context of community or long-term residential care.18 Here, we look at the visual impact of clothing and appearance in the different setting of the hospital ward and consider the consequent implications for patient care. This setting enables us to consider how the short-term and unfamiliar environments of the acute ward, together with the contrast between personal and institutional attire, impact on the perception of the patient by self and by others.There is a body of literature that examines the work of restoring the appearance of residents within long-term community care settings, for instance Ward et al’s work that demonstrates the importance of hair and grooming as a key component of care.23 24 The work of Iltanen-Tähkävuori25 examines the usage of garments designed for long-term care settings, exploring the conflict between clothing used to prevent undressing or facilitate the delivery of care, and the distress such clothing can cause, being powerfully symbolic of lower social status and how to get viagra over the counter associated with reduced autonomy.26 27Within this literature, there has also been a significant focus on the role of clothing, appearance and the tasks of personal care surrounding it, on the older female body. A corpus of feminist literature has examined the ageing process and the use of clothing to conceal ageing, the presentation of a younger self, or a ‘certain’ age28 It argues that once the ability to conceal the ageing process through clothing and grooming has been lost, the aged person must instead conceal themselves, dressing to hide themselves and becoming invisible in the process.29 This paper will explore how institutional clothing within hospital wards affects both the male and female body, the presentation of the ageing body and its role in reinforcing the invisibility of older people, at a time when they are paradoxically most visible, unclothed and undressed, or wearing institutional clothing within the hospital ward.Institutional clothing is designed and used to fulfil a practical function.

Its use may therefore perhaps incline us towards a ‘task-based’ mode of attention, which as McGilchrist argues,10 while having a vital place in our understanding of the world, may on occasion interfere with the forms of attention that may be needed to deliver good person-oriented care responsive to individual needs.MethodsEthnography involves the in-depth study of people’s actions and accounts within their natural everyday setting, collecting relatively unstructured data from a range of sources.30 Importantly, it can take into account the perspectives of patients, carers and hospital staff.31 Our approach to ethnography is informed by the symbolic interactionist research tradition, which aims to provide an interpretive understanding of the social world, with an emphasis on interaction, focusing on understanding how action and meaning are constructed within a setting.32 The value of this approach is the depth of understanding and theory generation it can provide.33The goal of ethnography is to identify social processes within the data. There are multiple complex and nuanced interactions within these clinical settings that are capable of ‘communicating many messages at once, even of subverting on one level what it appears to be “saying” on another’.34 Thus, it is how to get viagra over the counter important to observe interaction and performance. How everyday care work is organised and delivered. By obtaining observational data from within each institution on the everyday work of hospital wards, their family carers and the nursing and healthcare assistants (HCAs) who carry how to get viagra over the counter out this work, we can explore the ways in which hospital organisation, procedures and everyday care impact on care during a hospital admission.

It remedies a common weakness in many qualitative studies, that what people say in interviews may differ from what they do or their private justifications to others.35Data collection (observations and interviews) and analysis were informed by the analytic tradition of grounded theory.36 There was no prior hypothesis testing and we used the constant comparative method and theoretical sampling whereby data collection (observation and interview data) and analysis are inter-related,36 37 and are carried out concurrently.38 39 The flexible nature of this approach is important, because it can allow us to increase the ‘analytic incisiveness’35 of the study. Preliminary analysis of data collected from individual sites informed the focus of later stages of sampling, data collection and analysis in other sites.Thus, sampling requires a flexible, pragmatic approach and purposive and maximum variation sampling (theoretical sampling) was used. This included five hospitals selected to represent a range how to get viagra over the counter of hospitals types, geographies and socioeconomic catchments. Five hospitals were purposefully selected to represent a range of hospitals types.

Two large university teaching hospitals, two medium-sized general hospitals and one smaller general hospital. This included one urban, two inner city and two hospitals covering a mix of rural and suburban catchment areas, all situated within England and Wales.These sites represented a range of expertise and interventions in caring how to get viagra over the counter for people with dementia, from no formal expertise to the deployment of specialist dementia workers. Fractures, nutritional disorders, urinary tract and pneumonia40 41 are among the principal causes of admission to acute hospital settings among people with dementia. Thus, we focused observation within trauma and orthopaedic wards (80 days) how to get viagra over the counter and medical assessment units (MAU.

75 days).Across these sites, 155 days of observational fieldwork were carried out. At each of the five sites, a minimum of 30 days observation took place, split between the two ward types. Observations were carried out by two researchers, each working in clusters of 2–4 days over how to get viagra over the counter a 6-week period at each site. A single day of observation could last a minimum of 2 hours and a maximum of 12 hours.

A total of 684 hours of observation were conducted for this study. This produced approximately 600 000 words of observational fieldnotes how to get viagra over the counter that were transcribed, cleaned and anonymised (by KF and AN). We also carried out ethnographic (during observation) interviews with trauma and orthopaedic ward (192 ethnographic interviews and 22 group interviews) and MAU (222 ethnographic interviews) staff (including nurses, HCAs, auxiliary and support staff and medical teams) as they cared for this patient group. This allowed us to question what they are doing and why, how to get viagra over the counter and what are the caring practices of ward staff when interacting with people living with dementia.Patients within these settings with a diagnosis of dementia were identified through ward nursing handover notes, patient records and board data with the assistance of ward staff.

Following the provision of written and verbal information about the study, and the expression of willingness to take part, written consent was taken from patients, staff and visitors directly observed or spoken to as part of the study.To optimise the generalisability of our findings,42 our approach emphasises the importance of comparisons across sites,43 with theoretical saturation achieved following the search for negative cases, and on exploring a diverse and wide range of data. When no additional empirical data were found, we concluded that the analytical categories were saturated.36 44Grounded theory and ethnography are complementary traditions, with grounded theory strengthening the ethnographic aims of achieving a theoretical interpretation of the data, while the ethnographic approach prevents a rigid application of grounded theory.35 Using an ethnographic approach can mean that everything within a setting is treated as data, which can lead to large volumes of unconnected data and a descriptive analysis.45 This approach provides a middle ground in which the ethnographer, often seen as a passive observer of the social world, uses grounded theory to provide a systematic approach to data collection and analysis that can be used to develop theory to address the interpretive realities of participants within this setting.35Patient and public involvementThe data presented in this paper are drawn from a wider ethnographic study supported by an advisory group of people living with dementia and their family carers. It was this advisory group that informed us of the need of how to get viagra over the counter a better understanding of the impacts of the everyday care received by people living with dementia in acute hospital settings. The authors met with this group on a regular basis throughout the study, and received guidance on both the design of the study and the format of written materials used to recruit participants to the study.

The external oversight group for this study included, and was chaired, by carers of people living with dementia. Once data analysis was complete, the advisory group commented on our how to get viagra over the counter initial findings and recommendations. During and on completion of the analysis, a series of public consultation events were held with people living with dementia and family carers to ensure their involvement in discussing, informing and refining our analysis.FindingsWithin this paper, we focus on exploring the medical gaze through the embedded institutional cultures of patient clothing, and the implications this have for patients living with dementia within acute hospital wards. These findings emerged from our wider analysis of our ethnographic study examining ward cultures how to get viagra over the counter of care and the experiences of people living with dementia.

Here, we examine the ways in which the cultures of clothing within wards impact on the visibility of patients within it, what clothing and identity mean within the ward and the ways in which clothing can be a source of distress. We will look at how personal grooming and appearance can affect status within the ward, and finally explore the removal of clothing, and the impacts of its absence.Ward clothing culturesAcross our sites, there was variation in the cultures of patient clothing and dress. Within many wards, it was typical for all older patients to be dressed in hospital-issued institutional gowns and pyjamas (typically in pastel blue, pink, green or peach), paired with hospital supplied socks (usually bright red, although there was some small variation) with non-slip how to get viagra over the counter grip soles, while in other wards, it was standard practice for people to be supported to dress in their own clothes. Across all these wards, we observed that younger patients (middle aged/working age) were more likely to be able to wear their own clothes while admitted to a ward, than older patients and those with a dementia diagnosis.Among key signifiers of social status and individuality are the material things around the person, which in these hospital wards included the accoutrements around the bedside.

Significantly, it was observed that people living with dementia were more likely to be wearing an institutional hospital gown or institutional pyjamas, and to have little to individuate the person at the bedside, on either their cabinet or the mobile tray table at their bedside. The wearing of institutional clothing was typically connected to fewer personal items on display or within how to get viagra over the counter reach of the patient, with any items tidied away out of sight. In contrast, younger working age patients often had many personal belongings, cards, gadgets, books, media players, with young adults also often having a range of ‘get well soon’ gifts, balloons and so on from the hospital gift shop) on display. This both afforded some elements of familiarity, but also marked the person out as someone with individuality and a certain social standing and place.Visibility of patients on a wardThe significance of the obscurity or invisibility of the patient in artworks depicting how to get viagra over the counter doctors has been commented on.4 Likewise, we observed that some patients within these wards were much more ‘visible’ to staff than others.

It was often apparent how the wearing of personal clothing could make the patient and their needs more readily visible to others as a person. This may be especially so given the contrast in appearance clothing may produce in this particular setting. On occasion, this may be remarked on by staff, and the resulting attention received favourably by the patient.A member of the bay team returned to a patient and found her freshly dressed in a white tee shirt, navy slacks and black velvet slippers and exclaimed aloud and appreciatively, how to get viagra over the counter ‘Wow, look at you!. €™ The patient looked pleased as she sat and combed her hair [site 3 day 1].Such a simple act of recognition as someone with a socially approved appearance takes on a special significance in the context of an acute hospital ward, and for patients living with dementia whose personhood may be overlooked in various ways.46This question of visibility of patients may also be particularly important when people living with dementia may be less able to make their needs and presence known.

In this example, a whole bay of patients was seemingly ‘invisible’. Here, the ethnographer is observing a four-bed bay occupied by male patients how to get viagra over the counter living with dementia.The man in bed 17 is sitting in his bedside chair. He is dressed in green hospital issue pyjamas and yellow grip socks. At 10 how to get viagra over the counter a.m., the physiotherapy team come and see him.

The physiotherapist crouches down in front of him and asks him how he is. He says he is unhappy, and the physiotherapist explains that she’ll be back later to see him again. The nurse checks on him, asks him if he wants a pillow, and puts how to get viagra over the counter it behind his head explaining to him, ‘You need to sit in the chair for a bit’. She pulls his bedside trolley near to him.

With the help of a Healthcare Assistant they make the bed. The Healthcare Assistant chats to him, puts cake out for how to get viagra over the counter him, and puts a blanket over his legs. He is shaking slightly and I wonder if he is cold.The nurse explains to me, ‘The problem is this is a really unstimulating environment’, then says to the patient, ‘All done, let’s have a bit of a tidy up,’ before wheeling the equipment out.The neighbouring patient in bed 18, is now sitting in his bedside chair, wearing (his own) striped pyjamas. His eyes are open, and he is how to get viagra over the counter looking around.

After a while, he closes his eyes and dozes. The team chat to patient 19 behind the curtains. He says he doesn’t want to sit, and they say that is fine unless the doctors tell them otherwise.The nurse puts how to get viagra over the counter music on an old radio with a CD player which is at the doorway near the ward entrance. It sounds like music from a musical and the ward it is quite noisy suddenly.

She turns down the volume a bit, but it is very jaunty and upbeat. The man in bed 19 quietly how to get viagra over the counter sings along to the songs. €˜I am going to see my baby when I go home on victory day…’At ten thirty, the nurse goes off on her break. The rest of the team are spread around the other bays and side how to get viagra over the counter rooms.

There are long distances between bays within this ward. After all the earlier activity it is now very calm and peaceful in the bay. Patient 20 is sitting in the chair tapping how to get viagra over the counter his feet to the music. He has taken out a large hessian shopping bag out of his cabinet and is sorting through the contents.

There is a lot of paperwork in it which he is reading how to get viagra over the counter through closely and sorting.Opposite, patient 17 looks very uncomfortable. He is sitting with two pillows behind his back but has slipped down the chair. His head is in his hands and he suddenly looks in pain. He hasn’t touched how to get viagra over the counter his tea, and is talking to himself.

The junior medic was aware that 17 was not comfortable, and it had looked like she was going to get some advice, but she hasn’t come back. 18 drinks his tea and looks at a wool twiddle mitt sleeve, puts it down, and dozes. 19 has finished all his coffee and manages to put the cup down on how to get viagra over the counter the trolley.Everyone is tapping their feet or wiggling their toes to the music, or singing quietly to it, when a student nurse, who is working at the computer station in the corridor outside the room, comes in. She has a strong purposeful stride and looks irritated as she switches the music off.

It feels like a jolt to the room how to get viagra over the counter. She turns and looks at me and says, ‘Sorry were you listening to it?. €™ I tell her that I think these gentlemen were listening to it.She suddenly looks very startled and surprised and looks at the men in the room for the first time. They have how to get viagra over the counter all stopped tapping their toes and stopped singing along.

She turns it back on but asks me if she can turn it down. She leaves and goes back to her paperwork outside. Once it is turned back on everyone starts tapping their toes how to get viagra over the counter again. The music plays on.

€˜There’ll be bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover, just you wait and see…’[Site 3 day 3]The music was played by staff to help combat the drab and how to get viagra over the counter unstimulating environment of this hospital ward for the patients, the very people the ward is meant to serve. Yet for this member of ward staff the music was perceived as a nuisance, the men for whom the music was playing seemingly did not register to her awareness. Only an individual of ‘higher’ status, the researcher, sitting at the end of this room was visible to her. This example illustrates the general question of the how to get viagra over the counter visibility or otherwise of patients.

Focusing on our immediate topic, there may be complex pathways through which clothing may impact on how patients living with dementia are perceived, and on their self-perception.Clothing and identityOn these wards, we also observed how important familiar aspects of appearance were to relatives. Family members may be distressed if they find the person they knew so well, looking markedly different. In the how to get viagra over the counter example below, a mother and two adult daughters visit the father of the family, who is not visible to them as the person they were so familiar with. His is not wearing his glasses, which are missing, and his daughters find this very difficult.

Even though he looks very different following his admission—he has lost a large amount how to get viagra over the counter of weight and has sunken cheekbones, and his skin has taken on a darker hue—it is his glasses which are a key concern for the family in their recognition of their father:As I enter the corridor to go back to the ward, I meet the wife and daughter of the patient in bed 2 in the hall and walk with them back to the ward. Their father looks very frail, his head is back, and his face is immobile, his eyes are closed, and his mouth is open. His skin looks darker than before, and his cheekbones and eye sockets are extremely prominent from weight loss. €˜I am like a bird I want to fly away…’ plays softly in the radio in the bay how to get viagra over the counter.

I sit with them for a bit and we chat—his wife holds his hand as we talk. His wife has to take two busses to get to the hospital and we talk about the potential care home they expect her husband will be discharged to. They hope it will be close because she does not drive how to get viagra over the counter. He isn’t wearing his glasses and his daughter tells me that they can’t find them.

We look in the bedside how to get viagra over the counter cabinet. She has never seen her dad without his glasses. €˜He doesn’t look like my dad without his glasses’ [Site 2 day 15].It was often these small aspects of personal clothing and grooming that prompted powerful responses from visiting family members. Missing glasses and missing teeth were notable in this regard (and with the follow-up visits from the relatives of discharged patients trying to retrieve these how to get viagra over the counter now lost objects).

The location of these possessions, which could have a medical purpose in the case of glasses, dental prosthetics, hearing aids or accessories which contained personal and important aspects of a patient’s identity, such as wallets or keys, and particularly, for female patients, handbags, could be a prominent source of distress for individuals. These accessories to personal clothing were notable on these wards by their everyday absence, hidden away in bedside cupboards or simply not brought in with the patient at admission, and by the frequency with which patients requested and called out for them or tried to look for them, often in repetitive cycles that indicated their underlying anxiety about these belongings, but which would become invisible to staff, becoming an everyday background intrusion to the work of the wards.When considering the visibility and recognition of individual persons, missing glasses, especially glasses for distance vision, have a particular significance, for without them, a person may be less able to recognise and interact visually with others. Their presence facilitates the subject of the gaze, in gazing back, and hence helps how to get viagra over the counter to ground meaningful and reciprocal relationships of recognition. This may be one factor behind the distress of relatives in finding their loved ones’ glasses to be absent.Clothing as a source of distressAcross all sites, we observed patients living with dementia who exhibited obvious distress at aspects of their institutional apparel and at the absence of their own personal clothing.

Some older patients were clearly able to verbalise their understandings of the impacts of wearing institutional clothing how to get viagra over the counter. One patient remarked to a nurse of her hospital blue tracksuit. €˜I look like an Olympian or Wentworth prison in this outfit!. The latter I expect…’ The staff laughed as they walked her out how to get viagra over the counter of the bay (site 3 day 1).Institutional clothing may be a source of distress to patients, although they may be unable to express this verbally.

Kontos has shown how people living with dementia may retain an awareness at a bodily level of the demands of etiquette.20 Likewise, in our study, a man living with dementia, wearing a very large institutional pyjama top, which had no collar and a very low V neck, continually tried to pull it up to cover his chest. The neckline was particularly low, because the pyjamas were far too large for him. He continued to fiddle with his very low-necked top even when his how to get viagra over the counter lunch tray was placed in front of him. He clearly felt very uncomfortable with such clothing.

He continued using his hands to try to pull it up to cover his exposed chest, during and after the meal was finished (site 3 day 5).For some how to get viagra over the counter patients, the communication of this distress in relation to clothing may be liable to misinterpretation and may have further impacts on how they are viewed within the ward. Here, a patient living with dementia recently admitted to this ward became tearful and upset after having a shower. She had no fresh clothes, and so the team had provided her with a pink hospital gown to wear.‘I want my trousers, where is my bra, I’ve got no bra on.’ It is clear she doesn’t feel right without her own clothes on. The one-to-one healthcare assistant assigned to this patient tells her, how to get viagra over the counter ‘Your bra is dirty, do you want to wear that?.

€™ She replies, ‘No I want a clean one. Where are my trousers?. I want them, I’ve lost how to get viagra over the counter them.’ The healthcare assistant repeats the explaination that her clothes are dirty, and asks her, ‘Do you want your dirty ones?. €™ She is very teary ‘No, I want my clean ones.’ The carer again explains that they are dirty.The cleaner who always works in the ward arrives to clean the floor and sweeps around the patient as she sits in her chair, and as he does this, he says ‘Hello’ to her.

She is very teary and explains that how to get viagra over the counter she has lost her clothes. The cleaner listens sympathetically as she continues ‘I am all confused. I have lost my clothes. I am all confused how to get viagra over the counter.

How am I going to go to the shops with no clothes on!. €™ (site 5 day 5).This person experienced significant distress because of her absent clothes, but this would often be simply attributed to confusion, seen as a feature of her dementia. This then may solidify staff how to get viagra over the counter perceptions of her condition. However, we need to consider that rather than her condition (her diagnosis of dementia) causing distress about clothing, the direction of causation may be the reverse.

The absence of her own familiar clothing contributes how to get viagra over the counter significantly to her distress and disorientation. Others have argued that people with limited verbal capacity and limited cognitive comprehension will have a direct appreciation of the grounding familiarity of wearing their own clothes, which give a bodily felt notion of comfort and familiarity.18 47 Familiar clothing may then be an essential prop to anchor the wearer within a recognisable social and meaningful space. To simply see clothing from a task-oriented point of view, as fulfilling a simply mechanical function, and that all clothing, whether personal or institutional have the same value and role, might be to interpret the desire to wear familiar clothing as an ‘optional extra’. However, for those patients most at risk of disorientation and distress within an unfamiliar environment, it could be a how to get viagra over the counter valuable necessity.Personal grooming and social statusIncluding in our consideration of clothing, we observed other aspects of the role of personal grooming.

Personal grooming was notable by its absence beyond the necessary cleaning required for reasons of immediate hygiene and clinical need (such as the prevention of pressure ulcers). Older patients, and particular those living with dementia who were unable to carry out ‘self-care’ independently and were not able to request support with personal grooming, could, over their admission, become visibly unkempt and scruffy, hair could be left unwashed, uncombed and unstyled, while men could become hirsute through a lack of shaving. The simple act of a visitor dressing and grooming a patient as they prepared for discharge could how to get viagra over the counter transform their appearance and leave that patient looking more alert, appear to having increased capacity, than when sitting ungroomed in their bed or bedside chair.It is important to consider the impact of appearance and of personal care in the context of an acute ward. Kontos’ work examining life in a care home, referred to earlier, noted that people living with dementia may be acutely aware of transgressions in grooming and appearance, and noted many acts of self-care with personal appearance, such as stopping to apply lipstick, and conformity with high standards of table manners.

Clothing, etiquette how to get viagra over the counter and personal grooming are important indicators of social class and hence an aspect of belonging and identity, and of how an individual relates to a wider group. In Kontos’ findings, these rituals and standards of appearance were also observed in negative reactions, such as expressions of disgust, towards those residents who breached these standards. Hence, even in cases where an individual may be assessed as having considerable cognitive impairment, the importance of personal appearance must not be overlooked.For some patients within these wards, routine practices of everyday care at the bedside can increase the potential to influence whether they feel and appear socially acceptable. The delivery of routine timetabled care at the bedside can impact on people’s appearance in ways that may mark them out as failing to achieve accepted standards of embodied how to get viagra over the counter personhood.

The task-oriented timetabling of mealtimes may have significance. It was a typical observed feature of this routine, when a mealtime has ended, that people living with dementia were left with visible signs and features of the mealtime through spillages on faces, clothes, bed sheets and bedsides, that leave them at risk of being assessed as less socially acceptable and marked as having reduced independence. For example, a volunteer attempts to ‘feed’ a person how to get viagra over the counter living with dementia, when she gives up and leave the bedside (this woman living with dementia has resisted her attempts and explicitly says ‘no’), remnants of the food is left spread around her mouth (site E). In a different ward, the mealtime has ended, yet a large white plastic bib to prevent food spillages remains attached around the neck of a person living with dementia who is unable to remove it (site X).Of note, an adult would not normally wear a white plastic bib at home or in a restaurant.

It signifies a task-based apparel that is demeaning how to get viagra over the counter to an individual’s social status. This example also contrasts poignantly with examples from Kontos’ work,20 such as that of a female who had little or no ability to verbalise, but who nonetheless would routinely take her pearl necklace out from under her bib at mealtimes, showing she retained an acute awareness of her own appearance and the ‘right’ way to display this symbol of individuality, femininity and status. Likewise, Kontos gives the example of a resident who at mealtimes ‘placed her hand on her chest, to prevent her blouse from touching the food as she leaned over her plate’.20Patients who are less robust, who have cognitive impairments, who may be liable to disorientation and whose agency and personhood are most vulnerable are thus those for whom appropriate and familiar clothing may be most advantageous. However, we found the ‘Matthew effect’ how to get viagra over the counter to be frequently in operation.

To those who have the least, even that which they have will be taken away.48 Although there may be institutional and organisational rationales for putting a plastic cover over a patient, leaving it on for an extended period following a meal may act as a marker of dehumanising loss of social status. By being able to maintain familiar clothing and adornment to visually display social standing and identity, a person living with dementia may maintain a continuity of selfhood.However, it is also possible that dressing and grooming an older person may itself be a task-oriented institutional activity in certain contexts, as discussed by Lee-Treweek49 in the context of a nursing home preparing residents for ‘lounge view’ where visitors would see them, using residents to ‘create a visual product for others’ sometimes to the detriment of residents’ needs. Our observations regarding the importance of patient appearance must therefore be considered as part of the care of the whole person and how to get viagra over the counter a significant feature of the institutional culture.Patient status and appearanceWithin these wards, a new grouping of class could become imposed on patients. We understand class not simply as socioeconomic class but as an indicator of the strata of local social organisation to which an individual belongs.

Those in the lowest classes may have limited opportunities to participate in society, and we observed the ways in which this applied to the people living with dementia within how to get viagra over the counter these acute wards. The differential impact of clothing as signifiers of social status has also been observed in a comparison of the white coat and the patient gown.4 It has been argued that while these both may help to mask individuality, they have quite different effects on social status on a ward. One might say that the white coat increases visibility as a person of standing and the attribution of agency, the patient gown diminishes both of these. (Within these wards, although white coats were not to be how to get viagra over the counter found, the dress code of medical staff did make them stand out.

For male doctors, for example, the uniform rarely strayed beyond chinos paired with a blue oxford button down shirt, sleeves rolled up, while women wore a wider range of smart casual office wear.) Likewise, we observed that the same arrangement of attire could be attributed to entirely different meanings for older patients with or without dementia.Removal of clothes and exposureWithin these wards, we observed high levels of behaviour perceived by ward staff as people living with dementia displaying ‘resistance’ to care.50 This included ‘resistance’ towards institutional clothing. This could include pulling up or removing hospital gowns, removing institutional pyjama trousers or pulling up gowns, and standing with gowns untied and exposed at the back (although this last example is an unavoidable design feature of the clothing itself). Importantly, the removal of clothing was limited to institutional gowns and pyjamas and how to get viagra over the counter we did not see any patients removing their own clothing. This also included the removal of institutional bedding, with instances of patients pulling or kicking sheets from their bed.

These acts could and was often interpreted by ward staff as a how to get viagra over the counter patient’s ‘resistance’ to care. There was some variation in this interpretation. However, when an individual patient response to their institutional clothing and bedding was repeated during a shift, it was more likely to be conceived by the ward team as a form of resistance to their care, and responded to by the replacement and reinforcement of the clothing and bedding to recover the person.The removal of gowns, pyjamas and bedsheets often resulted in a patient exposing their genitalia or continence products (continence pads could be visible as a large diaper or nappy or a pad visibly held in place by transparent net pants), and as such, was disruptive to the norms and highly visible to staff and other visitor to these wards. Notably, unlike other how to get viagra over the counter behaviours considered by staff to be disruptive or inappropriate within these wards such as shouting or crying out, the removal of bedsheets and the subsequent bodily exposure would always be immediately corrected, the sheet replaced and the patient covered by either the nurse or HCA.

The act of removal was typically interpreted by ward staff as representing a feature of the person’s dementia and staff responses were framed as an issue of patient dignity, or the dignity and embarrassment of other patients and visitors to the ward. However, such responses how to get viagra over the counter to removal could lead to further cycles of removal and replacement, leading to an escalation of distress in the person. This was important, because the recording of ‘refusal of care’, or presumed ‘confusion’ associated with this, could have significant impacts on the care and discharge pathways available and prescribed for the individual patient.Consider the case of a woman living with dementia who is 90 years old (patient 1), in the example below. Despite having no immediate medical needs, she has been admitted to the MAU from a care home (following her husband’s stroke, he could no longer care for her).

Across the previous evening and morning shift, she was shouting, refusing all food and care and has received assistance from how to get viagra over the counter the specialist dementia care worker. However, during this shift, she has become calmer following a visit from her husband earlier in the day, has since eaten and requested drinks. Her care home would not readmit her, which meant she was not able to be discharged from the unit (an overflow unit due to a high number of admissions to the emergency department during a patch of exceptionally hot weather) until alternative arrangements could be made by social services.During our observations, she remains calm for the first 2 hours. When she does talk, she how to get viagra over the counter is very loud and high pitched, but this is normal for her and not a sign of distress.

For staff working on this bay, their attention is elsewhere, because of the other six patients on the unit, one is ‘on suicide watch’ and another is ‘refusing their medication’ (but does not have a diagnosis of dementia). At 15:10 how to get viagra over the counter patient 1 begins to remove her sheets:15:10. The unit seems chaotic today. Patient 1 has begun to loudly drum her fingers on the tray table.

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1 looks across and smiles back at her. The nurse in charge explains to her that she needs to shuffle up the how to get viagra over the counter bed. 1 asks the nurse about her husband. The nurse reminds 1 that her husband was there this morning and that he is coming back tomorrow.

1 says that he hasn’t how to get viagra over the counter been and she does not believe the nurse.15:25. I overhear the nurse in charge question, under her breath to herself, ‘Why 1 has been left on the unit?. €™ 1 has started asking for somebody to come and see her. The nurse how to get viagra over the counter in charge tells 1 that she needs to do some jobs first and then will come and talk to her.15:30.

1 has once again kicked her sheets off of her legs. A social how to get viagra over the counter worker comes onto the unit. 1 shouts, ‘Excuse me’ to her. The social worker replies, ‘Sorry I’m not staff, I don’t work here’ and leaves the bay.15:40.

1 keeps kicking sheets off her bed, otherwise the unit is quiet how to get viagra over the counter. She now whimpers whenever anyone passes her bed, which is whenever anyone comes through the unit’s door. 1 is the only elderly patient on the unit. Again, the nurse in charge is heard sympathizing that how to get viagra over the counter this is not the right place for her.16:30.

A doctor approaches 1, tells her that she is on her list of people to say hello to, she is quite friendly. 1 tells her that she has been here for 3 days, (the rest is how to get viagra over the counter inaudible because of pitch). The doctor tries to cover 1 up, raising her bed sheet back over the bed, but 1 loudly refuses this. The doctor responds by ending the interaction, ‘See you later’, and leaves the unit.16:40.

1 attempts how to get viagra over the counter to talk to the new nurse assigned to the unit. She goes over to 1 and says, ‘What’s up my darling?. €™ It’s hard to follow 1 now as she sounds very upset. The RN’s how to get viagra over the counter first instinct, like with the doctor and the nurse in charge, is to cover up 1 s legs with her bed sheet.

When 1 reacts to this she talks to her and they agree to cover up her knees. 1 is talking about how her husband won’t come and visit her, and how to get viagra over the counter still sounds really upset about this. [Site 3, Day 13]Of note is that between days 6 and 15 at this site, observed over a particularly warm summer, this unit was uncomfortably hot and stuffy. The need to be uncovered could be viewed as a reasonable response, and in fact was considered acceptable for patients without a classification of dementia, provided they were otherwise clothed, such as the hospital gown patient 1 was wearing.

This is an example of an aspect of care where the choice and autonomy granted to patients assessed as having (or assumed to have) cognitive capacity is not available to people who are considered to have impaired cognitive capacity (a how to get viagra over the counter diagnosis of dementia) and carries the additional moral judgements of the appropriateness of behaviour and bodily exposure. In the example given above, the actions were linked to the patient’s resistance to their admission to the hospital, driven by her desire to return home and to be with her husband. Throughout observations over this 10-day period, patients perceived by staff as rational agents were allowed to strip down their bedding for comfort, whereas patients living with dementia who responded in this way were often viewed by staff as ‘undressing’, which would be interpreted as a feature of their condition, to be challenged and corrected by staff.Note how the same visual data triggered opposing interpretations of personal autonomy. Just as in the example above where distress over loss of familiar clothing may be interpreted as how to get viagra over the counter an aspect of confusion, yet lead to, or exacerbate, distress and disorientation.

So ‘deviant’ bedding may be interpreted, for some patients only, in ways that solidify notions of lack of agency and confusion, is another example of the Matthew effect48 at work through the organisational expectations of the clothed appearance of patients.Within wards, it is not unusual to see patients, especially those with a diagnosis of dementia or cognitive impairment, walking in the corridor inadvertently in some state of undress, typically exposed from behind by their hospital gowns. This exposure in how to get viagra over the counter itself is of course, an intrinsic functional feature of the design of the flimsy back-opening institutional clothing the patient has been placed in. This task-based clothing does not even fulfil this basic function very adequately. However, this inadvertent exposure could often be interpreted as an overt act of resistance to the ward and towards staff, especially when it led to exposed genitalia or continence products (pads or nappies).We speculate that the interpretation of resistance may be triggered by the visual prompt of disarrayed clothing and the meanings assumed to follow, where lack of decorum in attire is interpreted as indicating more general behavioural incompetence, cognitive impairment and/or standing outside the social order.DiscussionPrevious studies examining the significance of the visual, particularly Twigg and Buse’s work16–19 exploring the materialities of appearance, emphasise its key role in self-presentation, visibility, dignity and autonomy for older people and especially those living with dementia in care home settings.

Similarly, care home studies have demonstrated that institutional clothing, designed to facilitate task-based care, can be potentially dehumanising or and distressing.25 26 Our findings resonate with this work, but find that for people living with dementia within a key site of care, the acute ward, the impact of institutional clothing on the individual patient living with dementia, is poorly recognised, but is significant for the quality and humanity of their care.Our ethnographic approach enabled the researchers to observe the organisation and delivery of task-oriented fast-paced nature of the work of the how to get viagra over the counter ward and bedside care. Nonetheless, it should also be emphasised the instances in which staff such as HCAs and specialist dementia staff within these wards took time to take note of personal appearance and physical caring for patients and how important this can be for overall well-being. None of our observations should be read as critical of any individual staff, but reflects longstanding institutional cultures.Our previous work has examined how readily a person living with dementia within a hospital wards is vulnerable to dehumanisation,51 and to their behaviour within these wards being interpreted as a feature of their condition, rather than a response to the ways in which timetabled care is delivered at their bedside.50 We have also examined the ways in which visual stimuli within these wards in the form of signs and symbols indicating a diagnosis of dementia may inadvertently focus attention away from the individual patient and may incline towards simplified and inaccurate categorisation of both needs and the diagnostic category of dementia.52Our work supports the analysis of the two forms of attention arising from McGilchrist’s work.10 The institutional culture of the wards produces an organisational task-based technical attention, which we found appeared to compete with and reduce the opportunity for ward staff to seek a finer emotional attunement to the person they are caring for and their needs. Focus on efficiency, pace and record keeping that measures individual task completion within a how to get viagra over the counter timetable of care may worsen all these effects.

Indeed, other work has shown that in some contexts, attention to visual appearance may itself be little more than a ‘task’ to achieve.49 McGilchrist makes clear, and we agree, that both forms of attention are vital, but more needs to be done to enable staff to find a balance.Previous work has shown how important appearance is to older people, and to people living with dementia in particular, both in terms of how they are perceived by others, but also how for this group, people living with dementia, clothing and personal grooming may act as a particularly important anchor into a familiar social world. These twin aspects of clothing how to get viagra over the counter and appearance—self-perception and perception by others—may be especially important in the fast-paced context of an acute ward environment, where patients living with dementia may be struggling with the impacts of an additional acute medical condition within in a highly timetabled and regimented and unfamiliar environment of the ward, and where staff perceptions of them may feed into clinical assessments of their condition and subsequent treatment and discharge pathways. We have seen above, for instance, how behaviour in relation to appearance may be seen as ‘resisting care’ in one group of patients, but as the natural expression of personal preference in patients viewed as being without cognitive impairments. Likewise, personal grooming might impact favourably on a patient’s alertness, visibility and status within the ward.Prior work has demonstrated the importance of the medical gaze for the perceptions of the patient.

Other work has also shown how how to get viagra over the counter older people, and in particular people living with dementia, may be thought to be beyond concern for appearance, yet this does not accurately reflect the importance of appearance we found for this patient group. Indeed, we argue that our work, along with the work of others such as Kontos,20 21 shows that if anything, visual appearance is especially important for people living with dementia particularly within clinical settings. In considering the task of washing the patient, Pols53 considered ‘dignitas’ in terms of aesthetic values, in comparison to humanitas conceived as citizen values of equality between persons. Attention to dignitas in the form of appearance may how to get viagra over the counter be a way of facilitating the treatment by others of a person with humanitas, and helping to realise dignity of patients.Data availability statementNo data are available.

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Unlike many states, there were more plan options (including dental) for consumers in 2017 than there were in 2016 in the Idaho exchange. As of 2018, BridgeSpan left the exchange in Idaho, but Your Health Idaho remained one of the more robust exchanges in the country in terms of carrier participation, with four insurers offering plans in 2019 and 2020. And for 2021, Regence BlueShield of Idaho has joined the exchange — after previously offering off-exchange coverage — bringing the total number of participating individual market insurers to five.Governor Otter signed S.1288 in March 2018, allowing out-of-state insurers to sell health insurance policies in Idaho as long as they’re licensed and in good standing in the state in which they are domiciled, provide coverage for Idaho’s state-mandated benefits, and pay Idaho’s premium tax and high-risk pool fees.

The legislation allows Idaho to enter into compacts with other states to allow for interstate insurance sales. Several other states have passed similar legislation in recent years, including Oklahoma, Georgia, Kentucky, and Maine, but individual market insurers have shown little interest in selling policies across state lines, in part because the insurers don’t tend to have interstate provider networks.2021 rates and plans. 1% average rate increase, plus Regence joined the exchangeFor 2021, Regence BlueShield of Idaho opted to begin offering coverage through Your Health Idaho, after previously offering plans outside the exchange.

The Idaho Department of Insurance announced approved average rate changes in early October 2020, and Your Health Idaho enabled plan browsing at the start of October (plan selections can begin November 1).The following average rate changes were approved for individual market plans for 2021, amounting to an overall average rate increase of about 1 percent:Blue Cross of Idaho. 4 percent decreaseMountain Health CO-OP (an ACA-created CO-OP). 2% increase [In neighboring Montana, the same CO-OP, which goes by Montana Health CO-OP in that state, is increasing premiums by an average of just 0.68% for 2021.]SelectHealth.

5 percent increasePacificSource. 7 percent decreaseRegence BlueShield of Idaho. 1 percent decrease.

A look at previous rate changes in Idaho’s exchangeThe Idaho Department of Insurance does not have the authority to prevent health insurers from implementing rates that are deemed unjustified. But they do have a review and negotiation process during which they analyze the rates that have been filed for the coming year and work with carriers to ensure that proposed rates are actuarially justified, and it’s common for final rates in Idaho to be considerably different from what the insurers initially propose.Here’s a look at how premiums have changed in Idaho over the years. Note that these rate changes are calculated before subsidies are applied.

For people who receive premium subsidies, the subsidies grow to keep pace with the benchmark plan in each area, largely offsetting changes in premiums.2016. An estimated average rate increase of 20 percent, ranging from an 8 percent decrease for PacificSource, to a 26 percent increase for Montana Health CO-OP.Kaiser Family Foundation analyzed data on benchmark plan (second-lowest-cost Silver plan) premium changes from 2015 to 2016 in metropolitan areas across the country. In Boise, they found that the average benchmark plan for a 40-year-old non-smoker would be increasing from $210/month to $273/month – a 30 percent increase, which is three times the average they found nationwide.

But that’s before premium subsidies were applied. Most enrollees receive subsidies, and the subsidies change to keep pace with the cost of the benchmark plan.2017. Average increase of 24 percent, ranging from 15 percent for PacificSource, to 29 percent for SelectHealth.2018.

Average rate increase of 27 percent, but much of that was due to the termination of federal funding for cost-sharing reductions (CSR). The average approved rate increases for silver plans in Idaho (for on-exchange insurers) were much higher than the overall averages, at 44 percent (the average rate increase for bronze and gold plans was 11 percent and 9 percent, respectively).2019. Average increase of 5 percent, ranging from a 1 percent decrease for SelectHealth, to a 10 percent increase for Blue Cross of Idaho and PacificSource.

The cost of cost-sharing reductions continues to be added to silver plan rates in 2019.Although the federal government is no longer requiring meaningful differences in the plans that a carrier offers in the exchange, Idaho is continuing to require each insurer to have meaningful differences among their various plan offerings (this is detailed on page 15 of the state’s letter to issuers).2020. Overall, the average rate increase for 2020 was about 6 percent, versus the proposed overall average increase of 7 percent that insurers had initially proposed. Average rate changes ranged from a 1 percent increase for Regence (off-exchange only in 2020) to an 8 percent increase for SelectHealth.Medicaid expansion took effect in 2020.

More than 90,000 people covered by October 2020A significant change in Idaho for 2020 was the expansion of Medicaid under the terms of a ballot initiative that voters passed in the 2018 election. Medicaid expansion took effect in many states in 2014, and Idaho joined them as of 2020. Through 2019, premium subsidies were available through Your Health Idaho for people with income from 100 to 400 percent of the poverty level.

But as of 2020, people with income between 100 and 138 percent of the poverty level are instead eligible for expanded Medicaid.This has been a hotly contested point in Idaho. The state submitted a waiver proposal to the federal government, seeking permission to give these individuals a choice between Medicaid and subsidized plans in the exchange, but CMS rejected that proposal in August 2019. The agency indicated that the waiver proposal wasn’t complete, but that the concept wouldn’t be approvable even with revisions.

Governor Little and Idaho’s legislative leaders expressed surprise and disappointment that the waiver proposal was rejected, and said that they would continue to work towards federal approval for their “coverage choice” concept. [As described below, this is not the first time that CMS has rejected a proposal from Idaho.]However, the legislation that initiated the state’s efforts to modify the expansion of Medicaid (with the “coverage choice” proposal and a Medicaid work requirement that will also need federal approval) did clarify that full expansion would be implemented if the state was unable to obtain federal approval for a modified approach. So people with income between 100 and 138 percent of the poverty level became eligible for Medicaid as of January 2020, instead of premium subsidies in the exchange.Enrollment in expanded Medicaid in Idaho began November 1—the same day that open enrollment started for qualified health plans in the exchange—and coverage took effect starting January 1, 2020.

More than 90,000 people had enrolled as of October 2020.Your Health Idaho enrollment. 2014 – 2020Here’s a look at how enrollment in private individual market plans (during open enrollment) through Your Health Idaho has changed each year. Your Health Idaho’s enrollment reports (examples here and here) tend to have higher numbers than the CMS reports, because they include people who enrolled only in dental coverage, as well as those who signed up for medical plans (the CMS reports only count medical plans).Nationwide, enrollment in the exchanges peaked in 2016 and has declined since then, for a variety of reasons.

Some—like the Trump administration’s budget cuts for HealthCare.gov—don’t affect state-run exchanges like Your Health Idaho. But others, such as the elimination of the individual mandate penalty and the new federal rules that expand access to short-term health plans, have affected enrollment in Idaho. Premium increases have also played a role.

Although they’re mitigated by larger subsidies for people who are subsidy-eligible, people who don’t get premium subsidies must shoulder the full burden of rate hikes, and coverage has become unaffordable for some.And for 2020, it was expected that enrollment in private plans through the exchange would decline significantly as a result of Medicaid expansion. People with income between 100 and 138 percent of the poverty level are now eligible for Medicaid in Utah instead of premium subsidies in the exchange. The “enhanced” short-term health plans that became available in Idaho as of 2020 may have also contributed to the decline in exchange enrollment.Insurer participation.

2014 – 2021A new insurer was approved by the Idaho Department of Insurance for 2015. Mountain Health CO-OP, which is the Idaho branch of Montana Health CO-OP. The CO-OP joined Blue Cross of Idaho, BridgeSpan Health Company, PacificSource Health Plans, and SelectHealth, all of which returned to the exchange for 2015.The same five carriers offered coverage in 2016 and 2017.

But BridgeSpan exited the market at the end of 2017 (they initially planned to offer off-exchange plans in 2018, but ultimately left the individual market altogether), and SelectHealth reduced their coverage area for 2018.Compared with the rest of the country, however, Idaho remained among the states with the most robust exchanges in terms of insurer participation for 2018. Most counties in the state had four insurers offering plans in the exchange, and 12 counties had three. There were only a handful of other states where most counties had four or more insurers offering exchange plans for 2018.Your Health Idaho confirmed by email in December 2017 that while BridgeSpan enrollees and eastern Idaho enrollees with select Select Health plans were being mapped to comparable plans (assuming they didn’t pick their own new plan by December 15), there was no special enrollment period for BridgeSpan or SelectHealth members who had coverage through Your Health Idaho.The exchange noted that the comparable plans selected on behalf of these enrollees were the least expensive plan at the same metal level as the consumer’s 2017 plan, and that this was based on guidance from the Idaho Department of Insurance.

Enrollees with terminating BridgeSpan and Select Health coverage were notified of the impending plan cancellation and the plan that the exchange intended to map them to, and they were able to pick their own plan instead between November 1 and December 15. But there was not a special enrollment period for people who were mapped to a new plan by the exchange (this is in contrast to people in similar situations in states that use HealthCare.gov, where the special enrollment period is available, even after the exchange picks a replacement plan).Other than BridgeSpan’s exit, Idaho’s exchange has had very consistent insurer participation over the years. Blue Cross of Idaho, Mountain Health CO-OP, SelectHealth, and PacificSource all continued to offer plans in the exchange for 2019, and again in 2020.Starting in 2016, there were not any Platinum plans available in the Idaho exchange.

Only about 2 percent of Idaho exchange enrollees selected platinum plans in 2015, and the carriers opted not to offer those plans starting in 2016, as they aren’t required by the ACA and clearly were not a popular choice among enrollees.For 2021, Regence BlueShield of Idaho is joining the exchange, after previously offering off-exchange plans. So there are five on-exchange insurers as of 2021. Regence, Blue Cross of Idaho, Mountain Health CO-OP, PacificSource, and SelectHealth Idaho’s approach to the CSR funding uncertainty and eventual terminationThe Idaho Department of Insurance clarified that for 2018, “the proposed rate increases for silver-level plans on the exchange are significantly higher this year because cost-sharing reduction subsidies are assumed to not be funded by the federal government.” This assumption was correct, as the Trump Administration cut off CSR funding in October 2017, just before the start of open enrollment for 2018 coverage.According to the Idaho Department of Insurance, insurers didn’t have leeway to create new, similar-but-not-identical off-exchange plans at the silver level for 2018 (that’s the approach that California used).

Since on-exchange carriers that offer the same plan off-exchange are required to charge the same price on and off-exchange, the additional premium to cover the cost of CSRs was spread across the on and off-exchange silver plans in Idaho, unless the plan is offered only outside the exchange (this would be the case with all of Regence Blue Shield’s silver plans, since Regence doesn’t offer plans in the exchange).Instead, insurers in Idaho created new “extended bronze” plans, using the new de minimum range (-4/+5) that applies to bronze plan actuarial value starting in 2018 (this extended actuarial value range was part of the market stabilization rule that HHS finalized in April 2017). So insurers in Idaho began offering bronze plans with 65 percent actuarial value as of 2018. Compared with prior years’ actuarial value rules, this is in between a silver and a bronze plan, which have typically had actuarial values of roughly 70 and 60 percent, respectively.For silver plan enrollees in the exchange who are receiving premium subsidies, the additional CSR-related premium load on silver plans is covered or mostly covered by commensurately larger premiums subsidies.

And for enrollees in other metal levels who are receiving premium subsidies, net premiums are more affordable than they were in 2017, as the larger premium subsidies (to account for the CSR load on silver plans) can be applied to plans at other metal levels that don’t have the CSR load added to their pre-subsidy premiums.For non-silver plan enrollees who aren’t receiving premium subsidies, the cost of coverage has increased in line with normal annual rate increases, but the CSR load isn’t a factor, since it’s only being added to silver plans.For silver plan enrollees who aren’t receiving premiums subsidies, however, the full weight of the higher rates (driven in large part by the cost of CSR) began to apply in 2018. These enrollees could keep their silver plans, but many have found the new “extended bronze” plans, on or off-exchange, to be a better — and much less expensive — fit. Extended bronze plans continue to be an option in Idaho in 2019.Premium subsidies (which are different from cost-sharing reduction subsidies) are based on the cost of silver plans in the exchange.

So an approach like Idaho is taking (ie, applying the higher rates that come with a lack of CSR funding to silver on-exchange plans and the same silver plans offered off-exchange, rather than spreading them out across all plans) results in larger premium subsidies, as the subsidies grow to keep pace with the increasing silver plan premiums. Bronze and gold plans become an even better value for people who receive subsidies, as the larger subsidies are applicable to those plans too, despite the fact that the additional premiums to account for the lack of CSR funding is only added to silver plans.The subsidies are actually just tax credits, which means the Trump administration is taking from one hand to give to the other (ie, not funding CSRs, but having to pay out more in premium subsidies). The people who end up bearing the brunt of the rate increases are those who don’t qualify for premium subsidies.

That includes a few different categories of people. And as noted above, the people who bear the brunt of the additional premiums are only those who purchase silver plans (on-exchange, or the same qualified health plan sold off-exchange) and don’t receive premium subsidies.Idaho Insurance Director Dean Cameron has made it clear in past statements that he supports GOP efforts to repeal and replace the ACA. Cameron also supports a provision like the Cruz Amendment to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would have allowed non-ACA-compliant plans to be sold off-exchange.

These plans would certainly be less expensive, so if your only priority is lower premiums, this seems like a valid solution. But they would serve to destabilize the individual insurance market. Healthy people would opt for the less-robust plans (particularly if insurers were allowed to use medical underwriting to offer lower premiums to healthy people, as would have been the case under the Cruz Amendment), leaving sicker people on the ACA-compliant plans, which causes higher premiums, which drives more healthy people towards the non-compliant plans, and so on, until you end up with a death spiral.Cameron has also called for federal reinsurance, which is a valid solution.

The ACA included a reinsurance program, but it was temporary and only lasted through 2016. Reinstating it on a permanent basis would certainly serve to stabilize the insurance markets and minimize premium increases. As an alternative, several states have implemented their own reinsurance programs, although Idaho is not yet among them.

CMS rejected Idaho’s plan to allow insurers to sell state-based plans that aren’t compliant with the ACA, so Idaho has created “enhanced” short-term plans insteadSince President Trump took office, there has been considerable discussion about legislative and regulatory changes at the federal level that would allow individual and small group plans to be sold without complying with the full suite of ACA regulations. None of the legislative changes were enacted, although some of the regulatory changes were implemented (for example, expanded access to association health plans, and the relaxed rules for short-term health plans).States also have the option to submit 1332 waivers that (if approved) would allow them to get around some of the ACA’s requirements. But Idaho’s Department of Insurance opted to simply take the bull by the horns and issue a regulatory bulletin in 2018, outlining a new protocol for allowing insurers in Idaho to sell “state-based health benefit plans” that would avoid many of the ACA’s regulations.

The bulletin came three weeks after Governor Butch Otter issued an executive order calling on regulators to devise methods for “restoring choice in health insurance for Idahoans.University of Michigan law professor, Nicholas Bagley, called Idaho’s bulletin “crazypants illegal” and health policy experts expressed varying degrees of skepticism over the chances that the state’s new regulations would stand up to legal scrutiny. In March, after weeks of speculation over whether the federal government would step in to uphold federal law in Idaho, CMS sent a letter to Governor Otter and Idaho Insurance Commissioner, Dean Cameron, explaining that the “state-based” plans would run afoul of the ACA, and if Idaho were to proceed with implementing them, CMS would have to step in and enforce the ACA on behalf of the state. But CMS went out of their way to clarify that they don’t think the ACA is serving the people of Idaho well, and that they appreciate the state’s efforts to essentially circumvent the law.

Idaho’s “state-based” plans were simply too much a stretch.CMS clarified that if Idaho failed to enforce the ACA and CMS had to begin enforcing the law instead, the agency would issue cease and desist letters to any insurer offering “state-based” plans in Idaho (Blue Cross of Idaho had previously stated their intent to begin offering “state-based” plans under the terms of Idaho’s regulatory bulletin). If the insurer continued to offer the plans, it would be subject to financial penalties of up to $100 per day, per individual enrolled in the non-compliant plans.But CMS went on to state that the agency believes that “with certain modifications,” Idaho’s “state-based” plans could instead be offered as short-term plans, which are exempt from the ACA’s regulations. The federal government has since finalized new regulations that allow for much longer short-term plans, unless a state imposes its own restrictions.

Idaho allows short-term plans to have initial terms of up to a year, and although the state previously banned renewal of short-term plans, legislation was enacted in Idaho in 2019 to allow for “enhanced” short-term plans, which will be renewable if the policyholder chooses that option.Blue Cross of Idaho is the first insurer to create “enhanced” short-term plans (although SelectHealth appears poised to do so as well). The BCBSID Access Plans will be available for purchase as of December 2019. According to the plan filings for the new Access Plans (SERFF filing number BCOI-132140320), the policies will be guaranteed-issue, but with premiums based on medical history.

They’ll be renewable for up to 36 months of coverage, and although they’ll have a 12-month waiting period for pre-existing condition coverage, the waiting period can be reduced or eliminated if you had creditable prior coverage (this is how pre-existing condition waiting periods worked on employer-sponsored plans before the ACA eliminated them altogether). The new Access Plans have some features that resemble ACA-compliant plans, such as premiums only being charged for up to three children under the age of 21 on a family’s plan, and free preventive care. And they cover maternity care, mental health care, and prescription drugs, all of which are benefits that are often excluded on traditional short-term plans.

But the Access Plans have out-of-pocket caps that can be as high as $50,000, and as mentioned above, they also base premiums on medical history, which isn’t allowed on ACA-compliant plans. What was Idaho proposing?. At Health Affairs, Katie Keith has an excellent overview of what Idaho’s bulletin would have allowed and the implications of what would have happened if insurers had started offering these “state-based” plans.

In summary, the bulletin includes the following regulations:An insurer would only be allowed to offer a state-based plan in a given area if the insurer also offers at least one ACA-compliant plan in that area.Enrollment would be available year-round (ie, no open enrollment period).Coverage in state-based plans would be guaranteed-issue (ie, applications could not be rejected based on medical history), but applicants could be charged higher premiums (up to 50 percent above the plan index rate) based on their medical history.Pre-existing conditions could be subject to a waiting period before coverage applies, but that waiting period would be waived if the consumer had proof of continuous prior coverage.Most of the ACA’s essential health benefits would have to be offered, but there are some exceptions. Pediatric dental and pediatric vision coverage would not be required, and insurers would be able to offer state-based plans without maternity coverage as long as they offer at least one state-based plan with maternity coverage (and at least one ACA-compliant plan with maternity coverage, since that’s a requirement for insurers to be able to participate in the state-based coverage program). Blue Cross of Idaho has proposed five state-based plans—one of them does not include maternity coverage, and none of them include pediatric dental or vision coverage.Out-of-pocket costs would still have to be capped, but notably, insurers would be able to apply separate out-of-pocket maximums for various services, such as prescriptions versus other medical care.State-based plans could impose benefit caps of $1 million or more, but would have to assist consumers in switching seamlessly to their ACA-compliant plans if the consumer were to reach the state-based plan’s benefit cap.Insurers could use a 5:1 age rating ratio for state-based plans, as opposed to the ACA’s 3:1 age rating ratio.

Under the ACA, older applicants cannot be charged more than three times as much as younger applicants, but Idaho’s bulletin would allow insurers to offer state-based plans with premiums for older applicants that are up to five times as much as the premiums for younger applicants.Insurers would be required to place the state-based and ACA-compliant plans into a single risk pool, but Kaiser Family Foundation’s Larry Levitt notes that may be hard to enforce, especially given that the state-based plans would not participate in the ACA’s risk adjustment program.Clearly, some of those provisions would align well with the concept of short-term plans, which is the option CMS encouraged Idaho to pursue in order to implement their proposal within the parameters of the ACA (since the ACA doesn’t apply to short-term plans).In February, before CMS rejected Idaho’s proposal, Blue Cross of Idaho submitted five state-based plans to the Department of Insurance for review. The proposed BC of Idaho plans would have had $1 million annual benefit caps, would not have covered pediatric dental or vision, and one of the plans would not have included maternity coverage.The plans would have had premiums that would have varied considerably depending on medical history. The Wall Street Journal reported that a healthy 45-year-old would pay about $194.67 a month in premiums, but a 45-year-old with a poorer medical history might be charged as much as $525.69/month in premiums (no premium subsidies would be available).

For comparison, an ACA-compliant bronze plan from Blue Cross of Idaho would have pre-subsidy premiums of about $343.09/month for a 45-year-old, and those premiums don’t vary based on medical history (under the ACA, healthy people pay the same rates as sick people). For people who buy the ACA-compliant plans via Your Health Idaho, and who are eligible for premium subsidies, the subsidies offset a significant portion of the premium costs.The state-based plans would no doubt have appealed to younger, healthier applicants, particularly those who don’t qualify for premium subsidies in the exchange (most exchange enrollees do qualify for premium subsidies, but everyone who buys individual market coverage off-exchange is paying full price, with no available subsidies). A healthy person would be drawn to the cheaper premiums, while a person with medical conditions will be better off keeping their ACA-compliant plan.

This, in turn, would leave the ACA-compliant market with sicker, older enrollees, and higher premiums.Under Idaho’s new rules, an insurer’s state-based and ACA-compliant risk pools would have to have been merged, but it’s unclear how well that provision would have been enforced. But since the state would have required insurers to offer ACA-compliant plans in order to offer state-based plans, and since premium subsidies via Your Health Idaho continue to be available (and grow to keep pace with premiums), the ACA-compliant market would have continued to exist alongside the “state-based” plans, albeit likely with fewer enrollees than it has to today. Assuming the people who would have remained in the ACA-compliant market are primarily those who are older, sicker, and/or receiving premium subsidies, the total federal outlay for premium subsidies would likely have grown, placing an additional burden on taxpayers.Consumers who purchase state-based plans would ostensibly have been somewhat protected by the provision that requires insurers to transfer members to one of the insurer’s ACA-compliant plans if the member hits the state-based plan’s benefit cap.

But rescission could have become a major issue in scenarios in which members do hit the benefit cap. Since these plans would have been medically underwritten, a person who ended up hitting the benefit cap (ie, a million dollars worth of claims during the year) could have been subject to significant post-claims underwriting.Basically, the insurer would have been able to go back through the person’s medical records with a fine-toothed comb, checking to make sure that the person had been 100 percent honest when completing the initial medical underwriting questions. If the insurer found anything that the person hadn’t disclosed on the application, they would have potentially been able to rescind the policy for fraud or misrepresentation (this is still allowed under the ACA, but is much less of an issue on plans that don’t ask enrollees about their medical history).

At that point, not only would the person retroactively lose their coverage, they also wouldn’t be eligible to switch to an ACA-compliant plan until the next open enrollment period.It’s also unclear whether the out-of-pocket costs that the consumer had already paid would have been counted towards the ACA-compliant plan’s out-of-pocket exposure, or if the consumer would have been starting from zero mid-year in that scenario, assuming they were indeed able to transition to an ACA-compliant plan.And it’s also important to note that consumers who select a state-based plan and then find out that it doesn’t cover as much as they thought it did would not have been able to switch to an ACA-compliant plan until open enrollment, unless they have a qualifying event. For example, the consumer might not notice that a particular state-based plan doesn’t cover maternity, especially since people have become accustomed to the concept of all plans covering maternity. In that case, she might only find out about the lack of maternity coverage if and when she becomes pregnant, and she would not be able to switch to an ACA-compliant plan until open enrollment.This is an issue with short-term plans as well.

A person who enrolls in a short-term plan and subsequently finds out that it doesn’t cover his or her medical needs cannot switch to an ACA-compliant plan until the next open enrollment. And since short-term plans are not considered minimum essential coverage, the termination of a short-term plan does not count as a qualifying event to trigger a special enrollment period for ACA-compliant plans.Cameron and Otter expressed optimism in the face of the letter from CMS, noting that “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.” As noted above, the state has largely shifted focus to enhanced short-term plans, but Cameron noted in late 2019 that Idaho “still may pursue the state-based plans.”Assessment fee increased to 1.99% — still far lower than Healthcare.gov feeYour Health Idaho was previously funded with a 1.5 percent assessment fee on all health insurance plans sold through the exchange (unlike many other states, the fee is not collected for plans sold outside the exchange).

The fee increased to 1.99 percent in 2016, which is still considerably lower than the 3.5 percent assessment that Healthcare.gov collects in states that use the federally-facilitated marketplace (HealthCare.gov’s fee is dropping to 3 percent as of 2020).The exchange does not receive any state funding, and had spent most of their initial federal start-up funding by 2016. The exchange must be self-sustaining going forward, which is why the assessment was increased.A Leavitt Partners study found Your Health Idaho to be an excellent example of an exchange that is operating well on a much smaller-than-average budget. Your Health Idaho mostly uses in-house support for its systems, and only contracts with vendors for highly specialized services, like marketing.

Many other state-run exchanges contract with vendors for much of their day-to-day operations, while Your Health Idaho staff handles most of the day-to-day operations of the exchange. This is part of the reason they’re able to operate at a lower cost than the rest of the state-run exchanges.But at the same time, Your Health Idaho has limited itself to only essential functions. The exchange leaves plan oversight and rate review entirely to the Idaho Department of Insurance, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare does all of the subsidy and Medicaid eligibility determination for exchange enrollees.

The exchange does not have to spend time or money being involved in these processes, or creating systems that would essentially duplicate the functionality of the DOI or DHW.SHOP exchange – direct enrollmentAs part of their cost-saving plan, Your Health Idaho opted not to build a SHOP (small business) exchange enrollment platform, and instead relies on direct enrollment through health insurance carriers (with agents and brokers providing enrollment assistance) when businesses want to enroll in SHOP plans.Your Health Idaho has a paper application that small businesses can complete, with contact information that the exchange can use to get in touch with the business and help them move forward with the enrollment process. But in general, Your Health Idaho recommends that small businesses reach out to a broker or agent for assistance with SHOP enrollment.This approach saves the exchange from having to administer and fund a SHOP platform, and in hindsight, is probably a wise decision—SHOP enrollments nationwide have been relatively lackluster, and Idaho’s decision means that the exchange is not having to fund and maintain a low-use enrollment platform.History of Idaho’s marketplace developmentRepublican Gov. Butch Otter announced in December 2012 that Idaho would implement a state-run health insurance exchange, and HHS gave conditional approval of the state’s plan in early January 2013.The state-run option was resisted by both the governor and many Republican legislators.

Like those in other “red” states, Idaho leaders hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would find the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. However, after the Court upheld most elements of the ACA and a state task force in October 2012 strongly recommended a state-run exchange, Otter began leaning toward that option as preferable to a federally run exchange.After Otter’s announcement in December 2012, legislators began considering legislation, and both chambers passed bills authorizing a state-run in exchange in the first quarter of 2013.

However, that left scant time to set up the exchange. Idaho used the federal site for the first open enrollment period, but transitioned to its state-run platform in time for the 2015 open enrollment period.In December 2015, a Leavitt Partners study called Your Health Idaho a “model for state based adoption [of an exchange]” and noted that the exchange has a budget well below average, a “lean organizational structure” and “strong financial controls.” The Leavitt study also indicates that Your Health Idaho benefited from the fact that they used Healthcare.gov during the first open enrollment, and waited until the second open enrollment period to debut their own enrollment platform. That allowed them to obtain lower-cost, better-developed software solutions, with the benefit of hindsight in terms of seeing what worked and what didn’t for the other state-run exchanges during year one.Idaho is the only state that opted to build its own marketplace, but rejected Medicaid expansion.

Medicaid is being expanded as of 2020, however, thanks to a voter-backed ballot initiative that passed in 2018.Idaho health insurance exchange linksYour Health Idaho855-YHIdaho (855-944-3246)State Exchange Profile. IdahoThe Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation overview of Idaho’s progress toward creating a state health insurance exchange.Idaho Department of InsuranceAnswers questions about insurance bought on the individual market and insurance provided by an employer who only does business in Idaho.(208) 334-4250 / toll-free (800) 721-3272Louise Norris is an individual health insurance broker who has been writing about health insurance and health reform since 2006.

She has written dozens of opinions and educational pieces about the Affordable Care Act for healthinsurance.org. Her state health exchange updates are regularly cited by media who cover health reform and by other health insurance experts..

Q. Under the ACA, my insurance premium subsidy is dependent on adjusted gross income (AGI). But, for a self-employed person, AGI is dependent on the insurance premium, since premiums are deductible for the self-employed.For example, my husband and I have an AGI of $77,000 before accounting for health insurance. That’s too high for a subsidy for a household of two in 2021, so our tax-deductible self-employed health insurance premiums (line 16 of the Schedule 1 for the 1040) would be $10,952, which is the full cost of our health plan.

Subtracting $10,952 from $77,000, our new AGI is at $66,048. Now, since our AGI would be less than $68,960 (for 2021 coverage, that’s the upper limit for subsidy eligibility for two people), we qualify for the subsidy. So our after-subsidy annual premium for the benchmark plan would be $6,493 (9.83 percent of our MAGI, which applies in 2021 for households with income beween 300 and 400 percent of the poverty level). But if $6,493 is what we should put in line 16 of the Schedule 1, our AGI (and ACA-specific MAGI) would be $70,507 (that’s $77,000 minus $6,493).

And since that’s higher than $68,980, we would no longer be eligible for the subsidy!. Help!. !. A.

This can be a complex situation, and our answer is intended to serve as an overview of how the subsidy calculation works. Always seek help from a qualified tax professional if you have questions about your specific situation.[Note that in the example above, we’ve included subsidy thresholds and income percentages for 2021. These numbers change from one year to the next, and poverty level numbers will be from the year before the year in question (eg. 2020 poverty level numbers are used to determine subsidy amounts for 2021 coverage).]In July 2014, the IRS released 26 CFR 601.105, in which they acknowledged the circular relationship between self-employed health insurance premium deductions, AGI, and premium tax credits:“… the amount of the [self-employed health insurance premium] deduction is based on the amount of the … premium tax credit, and the amount of the credit is based on the amount of the deduction – a circular relationship.

Consequently, a taxpayer eligible for both a … deduction for premiums paid for qualified health plans and a … premium tax credit may have difficulty determining the amounts of those items.”In the regulation, the IRS provides two methods that self-employed taxpayers can use to calculate their deduction and their subsidy. The iterative calculation will result in a more exact answer, but it is a little more time-consuming to compute. The alternative calculation is less exact (and appears to favor the IRS just slightly), but less time-consuming and easier to calculate. You have your choice of which one you want to use, and tax software should have the calculations built in, which would make them both simple to use.In a nutshell, both methods have you do the calculations repeatedly, getting ever-closer to the correct answer (that’s what iteration means).

But while the iterative calculation has you keep going until the difference between successive answers is less than $1, the alternative calculation lets you stop sooner.The easiest way to understand how the two calculations work is to start on page 9 of the regulation and work through the examples the IRS has provided. When they mention the “limitation on additional tax,” they’re just referencing the caps on how much you have to pay back when you file your taxes if it turns out that your advance subsidy (the amount sent to your health insurance company each month) was overpaid because your income ended up being higher than projected. So in example 1 on page 9, the IRS uses $2,500 as the limitation on additional tax, because the family’s household income is between 300 and 400 percent of poverty (these limits vary by year. For the 2020 tax year, it’s grown to $2,700).[Note that the caps on repayment of excess subsidies are listed in Table 5 on the IRS instructions for Form 8962 (the form that’s used to claim or reconcile the ACA’s premium tax credit), and they depend on your income.

The more you earn, the more you potentially have to pay back if your premium subsidy was overpaid during the year, and if you end up with income over 400 percent of the poverty level and are thus not eligible for the subsidy at all, you have to pay it all back.]In addressing the question of the circular relationship between AGI and premium subsidies for self-employed people, the examples the IRS provides cover scenarios where the filers took advance premium tax credits as well as scenarios where they did not, since you can pay your own premiums in full each month and then claim your total credit for the year when you file your taxes. The examples make the calculations relatively straightforward, although the standard advice applies. If in doubt at all, contact a tax professional for assistance.Louise Norris is an individual health insurance broker who has been writing about health insurance and health reform since 2006. She has written dozens of opinions and educational pieces about the Affordable Care Act for healthinsurance.org.

Her state health exchange updates are regularly cited by media who cover health reform and by other health insurance experts.Key takeaways Open enrollment extended through December 31, 2020Open enrollment for 2021 health plans has been extended through December 31, 2020 in Idaho. People who enroll by that date will have coverage effective January 1, 2021. This is the first time Your Health Idaho (the state-run exchange) has ever issued a significant extension to the open enrollment period, but in announcing the extension, the exchange noted that “an unprecedented year calls for unprecedented measures.” (Open enrollment normally ends on December 15 in Idaho.) Once open enrollment ends, residents will only be able to enroll or make changes to their coverage if they experience a qualifying event.Idaho exchange overviewIdaho has a state-run exchange, Your Health Idaho. The state used HealthCare.gov’s enrollment platform during the first open enrollment period, but transitioned to its own enrollment platform in time for the second open enrollment period, and have been successfully using it ever since.Your Health Idaho is the only fully state-run exchange that did not open a erectile dysfunction treatment special enrollment period for people without health insurance (and without a qualifying event).

The state explained that this is because “enhanced” short-term plans are available year-round in Idaho, but it’s important to note that those plans can have pre-existing condition waiting periods.While the majority of exchanges across the country had at least one carrier exiting at the end of 2016, all of Idaho’s exchange carriers continued to participate in the exchange in 2017. Unlike many states, there were more plan options (including dental) for consumers in 2017 than there were in 2016 in the Idaho exchange. As of 2018, BridgeSpan left the exchange in Idaho, but Your Health Idaho remained one of the more robust exchanges in the country in terms of carrier participation, with four insurers offering plans in 2019 and 2020. And for 2021, Regence BlueShield of Idaho has joined the exchange — after previously offering off-exchange coverage — bringing the total number of participating individual market insurers to five.Governor Otter signed S.1288 in March 2018, allowing out-of-state insurers to sell health insurance policies in Idaho as long as they’re licensed and in good standing in the state in which they are domiciled, provide coverage for Idaho’s state-mandated benefits, and pay Idaho’s premium tax and high-risk pool fees.

The legislation allows Idaho to enter into compacts with other states to allow for interstate insurance sales. Several other states have passed similar legislation in recent years, including Oklahoma, Georgia, Kentucky, and Maine, but individual market insurers have shown little interest in selling policies across state lines, in part because the insurers don’t tend to have interstate provider networks.2021 rates and plans. 1% average rate increase, plus Regence joined the exchangeFor 2021, Regence BlueShield of Idaho opted to begin offering coverage through Your Health Idaho, after previously offering plans outside the exchange. The Idaho Department of Insurance announced approved average rate changes in early October 2020, and Your Health Idaho enabled plan browsing at the start of October (plan selections can begin November 1).The following average rate changes were approved for individual market plans for 2021, amounting to an overall average rate increase of about 1 percent:Blue Cross of Idaho.

4 percent decreaseMountain Health CO-OP (an ACA-created CO-OP). 2% increase [In neighboring Montana, the same CO-OP, which goes by Montana Health CO-OP in that state, is increasing premiums by an average of just 0.68% for 2021.]SelectHealth. 5 percent increasePacificSource. 7 percent decreaseRegence BlueShield of Idaho.

1 percent decrease. A look at previous rate changes in Idaho’s exchangeThe Idaho Department of Insurance does not have the authority to prevent health insurers from implementing rates that are deemed unjustified. But they do have a review and negotiation process during which they analyze the rates that have been filed for the coming year and work with carriers to ensure that proposed rates are actuarially justified, and it’s common for final rates in Idaho to be considerably different from what the insurers initially propose.Here’s a look at how premiums have changed in Idaho over the years. Note that these rate changes are calculated before subsidies are applied.

For people who receive premium subsidies, the subsidies grow to keep pace with the benchmark plan in each area, largely offsetting changes in premiums.2016. An estimated average rate increase of 20 percent, ranging from an 8 percent decrease for PacificSource, to a 26 percent increase for Montana Health CO-OP.Kaiser Family Foundation analyzed data on benchmark plan (second-lowest-cost Silver plan) premium changes from 2015 to 2016 in metropolitan areas across the country. In Boise, they found that the average benchmark plan for a 40-year-old non-smoker would be increasing from $210/month to $273/month – a 30 percent increase, which is three times the average they found nationwide. But that’s before premium subsidies were applied.

Most enrollees receive subsidies, and the subsidies change to keep pace with the cost of the benchmark plan.2017. Average increase of 24 percent, ranging from 15 percent for PacificSource, to 29 percent for SelectHealth.2018. Average rate increase of 27 percent, but much of that was due to the termination of federal funding for cost-sharing reductions (CSR). The average approved rate increases for silver plans in Idaho (for on-exchange insurers) were much higher than the overall averages, at 44 percent (the average rate increase for bronze and gold plans was 11 percent and 9 percent, respectively).2019.

Average increase of 5 percent, ranging from a 1 percent decrease for SelectHealth, to a 10 percent increase for Blue Cross of Idaho and PacificSource. The cost of cost-sharing reductions continues to be added to silver plan rates in 2019.Although the federal government is no longer requiring meaningful differences in the plans that a carrier offers in the exchange, Idaho is continuing to require each insurer to have meaningful differences among their various plan offerings (this is detailed on page 15 of the state’s letter to issuers).2020. Overall, the average rate increase for 2020 was about 6 percent, versus the proposed overall average increase of 7 percent that insurers had initially proposed. Average rate changes ranged from a 1 percent increase for Regence (off-exchange only in 2020) to an 8 percent increase for SelectHealth.Medicaid expansion took effect in 2020.

More than 90,000 people covered by October 2020A significant change in Idaho for 2020 was the expansion of Medicaid under the terms of a ballot initiative that voters passed in the 2018 election. Medicaid expansion took effect in many states in 2014, and Idaho joined them as of 2020. Through 2019, premium subsidies were available through Your Health Idaho for people with income from 100 to 400 percent of the poverty level. But as of 2020, people with income between 100 and 138 percent of the poverty level are instead eligible for expanded Medicaid.This has been a hotly contested point in Idaho.

The state submitted a waiver proposal to the federal government, seeking permission to give these individuals a choice between Medicaid and subsidized plans in the exchange, but CMS rejected that proposal in August 2019. The agency indicated that the waiver proposal wasn’t complete, but that the concept wouldn’t be approvable even with revisions. Governor Little and Idaho’s legislative leaders expressed surprise and disappointment that the waiver proposal was rejected, and said that they would continue to work towards federal approval for their “coverage choice” concept. [As described below, this is not the first time that CMS has rejected a proposal from Idaho.]However, the legislation that initiated the state’s efforts to modify the expansion of Medicaid (with the “coverage choice” proposal and a Medicaid work requirement that will also need federal approval) did clarify that full expansion would be implemented if the state was unable to obtain federal approval for a modified approach.

So people with income between 100 and 138 percent of the poverty level became eligible for Medicaid as of January 2020, instead of premium subsidies in the exchange.Enrollment in expanded Medicaid in Idaho began November 1—the same day that open enrollment started for qualified health plans in the exchange—and coverage took effect starting January 1, 2020. More than 90,000 people had enrolled as of October 2020.Your Health Idaho enrollment. 2014 – 2020Here’s a look at how enrollment in private individual market plans (during open enrollment) through Your Health Idaho has changed each year. Your Health Idaho’s enrollment reports (examples here and here) tend to have higher numbers than the CMS reports, because they include people who enrolled only in dental coverage, as well as those who signed up for medical plans (the CMS reports only count medical plans).Nationwide, enrollment in the exchanges peaked in 2016 and has declined since then, for a variety of reasons.

Some—like the Trump administration’s budget cuts for HealthCare.gov—don’t affect state-run exchanges like Your Health Idaho. But others, such as the elimination of the individual mandate penalty and the new federal rules that expand access to short-term health plans, have affected enrollment in Idaho. Premium increases have also played a role. Although they’re mitigated by larger subsidies for people who are subsidy-eligible, people who don’t get premium subsidies must shoulder the full burden of rate hikes, and coverage has become unaffordable for some.And for 2020, it was expected that enrollment in private plans through the exchange would decline significantly as a result of Medicaid expansion.

People with income between 100 and 138 percent of the poverty level are now eligible for Medicaid in Utah instead of premium subsidies in the exchange. The “enhanced” short-term health plans that became available in Idaho as of 2020 may have also contributed to the decline in exchange enrollment.Insurer participation. 2014 – 2021A new insurer was approved by the Idaho Department of Insurance for 2015. Mountain Health CO-OP, which is the Idaho branch of Montana Health CO-OP.

The CO-OP joined Blue Cross of Idaho, BridgeSpan Health Company, PacificSource Health Plans, and SelectHealth, all of which returned to the exchange for 2015.The same five carriers offered coverage in 2016 and 2017. But BridgeSpan exited the market at the end of 2017 (they initially planned to offer off-exchange plans in 2018, but ultimately left the individual market altogether), and SelectHealth reduced their coverage area for 2018.Compared with the rest of the country, however, Idaho remained among the states with the most robust exchanges in terms of insurer participation for 2018. Most counties in the state had four insurers offering plans in the exchange, and 12 counties had three. There were only a handful of other states where most counties had four or more insurers offering exchange plans for 2018.Your Health Idaho confirmed by email in December 2017 that while BridgeSpan enrollees and eastern Idaho enrollees with select Select Health plans were being mapped to comparable plans (assuming they didn’t pick their own new plan by December 15), there was no special enrollment period for BridgeSpan or SelectHealth members who had coverage through Your Health Idaho.The exchange noted that the comparable plans selected on behalf of these enrollees were the least expensive plan at the same metal level as the consumer’s 2017 plan, and that this was based on guidance from the Idaho Department of Insurance.

Enrollees with terminating BridgeSpan and Select Health coverage were notified of the impending plan cancellation and the plan that the exchange intended to map them to, and they were able to pick their own plan instead between November 1 and December 15. But there was not a special enrollment period for people who were mapped to a new plan by the exchange (this is in contrast to people in similar situations in states that use HealthCare.gov, where the special enrollment period is available, even after the exchange picks a replacement plan).Other than BridgeSpan’s exit, Idaho’s exchange has had very consistent insurer participation over the years. Blue Cross of Idaho, Mountain Health CO-OP, SelectHealth, and PacificSource all continued to offer plans in the exchange for 2019, and again in 2020.Starting in 2016, there were not any Platinum plans available in the Idaho exchange. Only about 2 percent of Idaho exchange enrollees selected platinum plans in 2015, and the carriers opted not to offer those plans starting in 2016, as they aren’t required by the ACA and clearly were not a popular choice among enrollees.For 2021, Regence BlueShield of Idaho is joining the exchange, after previously offering off-exchange plans.

So there are five on-exchange insurers as of 2021. Regence, Blue Cross of Idaho, Mountain Health CO-OP, PacificSource, and SelectHealth Idaho’s approach to the CSR funding uncertainty and eventual terminationThe Idaho Department of Insurance clarified that for 2018, “the proposed rate increases for silver-level plans on the exchange are significantly higher this year because cost-sharing reduction subsidies are assumed to not be funded by the federal government.” This assumption was correct, as the Trump Administration cut off CSR funding in October 2017, just before the start of open enrollment for 2018 coverage.According to the Idaho Department of Insurance, insurers didn’t have leeway to create new, similar-but-not-identical off-exchange plans at the silver level for 2018 (that’s the approach that California used). Since on-exchange carriers that offer the same plan off-exchange are required to charge the same price on and off-exchange, the additional premium to cover the cost of CSRs was spread across the on and off-exchange silver plans in Idaho, unless the plan is offered only outside the exchange (this would be the case with all of Regence Blue Shield’s silver plans, since Regence doesn’t offer plans in the exchange).Instead, insurers in Idaho created new “extended bronze” plans, using the new de minimum range (-4/+5) that applies to bronze plan actuarial value starting in 2018 (this extended actuarial value range was part of the market stabilization rule that HHS finalized in April 2017). So insurers in Idaho began offering bronze plans with 65 percent actuarial value as of 2018.

Compared with prior years’ actuarial value rules, this is in between a silver and a bronze plan, which have typically had actuarial values of roughly 70 and 60 percent, respectively.For silver plan enrollees in the exchange who are receiving premium subsidies, the additional CSR-related premium load on silver plans is covered or mostly covered by commensurately larger premiums subsidies. And for enrollees in other metal levels who are receiving premium subsidies, net premiums are more affordable than they were in 2017, as the larger premium subsidies (to account for the CSR load on silver plans) can be applied to plans at other metal levels that don’t have the CSR load added to their pre-subsidy premiums.For non-silver plan enrollees who aren’t receiving premium subsidies, the cost of coverage has increased in line with normal annual rate increases, but the CSR load isn’t a factor, since it’s only being added to silver plans.For silver plan enrollees who aren’t receiving premiums subsidies, however, the full weight of the higher rates (driven in large part by the cost of CSR) began to apply in 2018. These enrollees could keep their silver plans, but many have found the new “extended bronze” plans, on or off-exchange, to be a better — and much less expensive — fit. Extended bronze plans continue to be an option in Idaho in 2019.Premium subsidies (which are different from cost-sharing reduction subsidies) are based on the cost of silver plans in the exchange.

So an approach like Idaho is taking (ie, applying the higher rates that come with a lack of CSR funding to silver on-exchange plans and the same silver plans offered off-exchange, rather than spreading them out across all plans) results in larger premium subsidies, as the subsidies grow to keep pace with the increasing silver plan premiums. Bronze and gold plans become an even better value for people who receive subsidies, as the larger subsidies are applicable to those plans too, despite the fact that the additional premiums to account for the lack of CSR funding is only added to silver plans.The subsidies are actually just tax credits, which means the Trump administration is taking from one hand to give to the other (ie, not funding CSRs, but having to pay out more in premium subsidies). The people who end up bearing the brunt of the rate increases are those who don’t qualify for premium subsidies. That includes a few different categories of people.

And as noted above, the people who bear the brunt of the additional premiums are only those who purchase silver plans (on-exchange, or the same qualified health plan sold off-exchange) and don’t receive premium subsidies.Idaho Insurance Director Dean Cameron has made it clear in past statements that he supports GOP efforts to repeal and replace the ACA. Cameron also supports a provision like the Cruz Amendment to the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would have allowed non-ACA-compliant plans to be sold off-exchange. These plans would certainly be less expensive, so if your only priority is lower premiums, this seems like a valid solution. But they would serve to destabilize the individual insurance market.

Healthy people would opt for the less-robust plans (particularly if insurers were allowed to use medical underwriting to offer lower premiums to healthy people, as would have been the case under the Cruz Amendment), leaving sicker people on the ACA-compliant plans, which causes higher premiums, which drives more healthy people towards the non-compliant plans, and so on, until you end up with a death spiral.Cameron has also called for federal reinsurance, which is a valid solution. The ACA included a reinsurance program, but it was temporary and only lasted through 2016. Reinstating it on a permanent basis would certainly serve to stabilize the insurance markets and minimize premium increases. As an alternative, several states have implemented their own reinsurance programs, although Idaho is not yet among them.

CMS rejected Idaho’s plan to allow insurers to sell state-based plans that aren’t compliant with the ACA, so Idaho has created “enhanced” short-term plans insteadSince President Trump took office, there has been considerable discussion about legislative and regulatory changes at the federal level that would allow individual and small group plans to be sold without complying with the full suite of ACA regulations. None of the legislative changes were enacted, although some of the regulatory changes were implemented (for example, expanded access to association health plans, and the relaxed rules for short-term health plans).States also have the option to submit 1332 waivers that (if approved) would allow them to get around some of the ACA’s requirements. But Idaho’s Department of Insurance opted to simply take the bull by the horns and issue a regulatory bulletin in 2018, outlining a new protocol for allowing insurers in Idaho to sell “state-based health benefit plans” that would avoid many of the ACA’s regulations. The bulletin came three weeks after Governor Butch Otter issued an executive order calling on regulators to devise methods for “restoring choice in health insurance for Idahoans.University of Michigan law professor, Nicholas Bagley, called Idaho’s bulletin “crazypants illegal” and health policy experts expressed varying degrees of skepticism over the chances that the state’s new regulations would stand up to legal scrutiny.

In March, after weeks of speculation over whether the federal government would step in to uphold federal law in Idaho, CMS sent a letter to Governor Otter and Idaho Insurance Commissioner, Dean Cameron, explaining that the “state-based” plans would run afoul of the ACA, and if Idaho were to proceed with implementing them, CMS would have to step in and enforce the ACA on behalf of the state. But CMS went out of their way to clarify that they don’t think the ACA is serving the people of Idaho well, and that they appreciate the state’s efforts to essentially circumvent the law. Idaho’s “state-based” plans were simply too much a stretch.CMS clarified that if Idaho failed to enforce the ACA and CMS had to begin enforcing the law instead, the agency would issue cease and desist letters to any insurer offering “state-based” plans in Idaho (Blue Cross of Idaho had previously stated their intent to begin offering “state-based” plans under the terms of Idaho’s regulatory bulletin). If the insurer continued to offer the plans, it would be subject to financial penalties of up to $100 per day, per individual enrolled in the non-compliant plans.But CMS went on to state that the agency believes that “with certain modifications,” Idaho’s “state-based” plans could instead be offered as short-term plans, which are exempt from the ACA’s regulations.

The federal government has since finalized new regulations that allow for much longer short-term plans, unless a state imposes its own restrictions. Idaho allows short-term plans to have initial terms of up to a year, and although the state previously banned renewal of short-term plans, legislation was enacted in Idaho in 2019 to allow for “enhanced” short-term plans, which will be renewable if the policyholder chooses that option.Blue Cross of Idaho is the first insurer to create “enhanced” short-term plans (although SelectHealth appears poised to do so as well). The BCBSID Access Plans will be available for purchase as of December 2019. According to the plan filings for the new Access Plans (SERFF filing number BCOI-132140320), the policies will be guaranteed-issue, but with premiums based on medical history.

They’ll be renewable for up to 36 months of coverage, and although they’ll have a 12-month waiting period for pre-existing condition coverage, the waiting period can be reduced or eliminated if you had creditable prior coverage (this is how pre-existing condition waiting periods worked on employer-sponsored plans before the ACA eliminated them altogether). The new Access Plans have some features that resemble ACA-compliant plans, such as premiums only being charged for up to three children under the age of 21 on a family’s plan, and free preventive care. And they cover maternity care, mental health care, and prescription drugs, all of which are benefits that are often excluded on traditional short-term plans. But the Access Plans have out-of-pocket caps that can be as high as $50,000, and as mentioned above, they also base premiums on medical history, which isn’t allowed on ACA-compliant plans.

What was Idaho proposing?. At Health Affairs, Katie Keith has an excellent overview of what Idaho’s bulletin would have allowed and the implications of what would have happened if insurers had started offering these “state-based” plans. In summary, the bulletin includes the following regulations:An insurer would only be allowed to offer a state-based plan in a given area if the insurer also offers at least one ACA-compliant plan in that area.Enrollment would be available year-round (ie, no open enrollment period).Coverage in state-based plans would be guaranteed-issue (ie, applications could not be rejected based on medical history), but applicants could be charged higher premiums (up to 50 percent above the plan index rate) based on their medical history.Pre-existing conditions could be subject to a waiting period before coverage applies, but that waiting period would be waived if the consumer had proof of continuous prior coverage.Most of the ACA’s essential health benefits would have to be offered, but there are some exceptions. Pediatric dental and pediatric vision coverage would not be required, and insurers would be able to offer state-based plans without maternity coverage as long as they offer at least one state-based plan with maternity coverage (and at least one ACA-compliant plan with maternity coverage, since that’s a requirement for insurers to be able to participate in the state-based coverage program).

Blue Cross of Idaho has proposed five state-based plans—one of them does not include maternity coverage, and none of them include pediatric dental or vision coverage.Out-of-pocket costs would still have to be capped, but notably, insurers would be able to apply separate out-of-pocket maximums for various services, such as prescriptions versus other medical care.State-based plans could impose benefit caps of $1 million or more, but would have to assist consumers in switching seamlessly to their ACA-compliant plans if the consumer were to reach the state-based plan’s benefit cap.Insurers could use a 5:1 age rating ratio for state-based plans, as opposed to the ACA’s 3:1 age rating ratio. Under the ACA, older applicants cannot be charged more than three times as much as younger applicants, but Idaho’s bulletin would allow insurers to offer state-based plans with premiums for older applicants that are up to five times as much as the premiums for younger applicants.Insurers would be required to place the state-based and ACA-compliant plans into a single risk pool, but Kaiser Family Foundation’s Larry Levitt notes that may be hard to enforce, especially given that the state-based plans would not participate in the ACA’s risk adjustment program.Clearly, some of those provisions would align well with the concept of short-term plans, which is the option CMS encouraged Idaho to pursue in order to implement their proposal within the parameters of the ACA (since the ACA doesn’t apply to short-term plans).In February, before CMS rejected Idaho’s proposal, Blue Cross of Idaho submitted five state-based plans to the Department of Insurance for review. The proposed BC of Idaho plans would have had $1 million annual benefit caps, would not have covered pediatric dental or vision, and one of the plans would not have included maternity coverage.The plans would have had premiums that would have varied considerably depending on medical history. The Wall Street Journal reported that a healthy 45-year-old would pay about $194.67 a month in premiums, but a 45-year-old with a poorer medical history might be charged as much as $525.69/month in premiums (no premium subsidies would be available).

For comparison, an ACA-compliant bronze plan from Blue Cross of Idaho would have pre-subsidy premiums of about $343.09/month for a 45-year-old, and those premiums don’t vary based on medical history (under the ACA, healthy people pay the same rates as sick people). For people who buy the ACA-compliant plans via Your Health Idaho, and who are eligible for premium subsidies, the subsidies offset a significant portion of the premium costs.The state-based plans would no doubt have appealed to younger, healthier applicants, particularly those who don’t qualify for premium subsidies in the exchange (most exchange enrollees do qualify for premium subsidies, but everyone who buys individual market coverage off-exchange is paying full price, with no available subsidies). A healthy person would be drawn to the cheaper premiums, while a person with medical conditions will be better off keeping their ACA-compliant plan. This, in turn, would leave the ACA-compliant market with sicker, older enrollees, and higher premiums.Under Idaho’s new rules, an insurer’s state-based and ACA-compliant risk pools would have to have been merged, but it’s unclear how well that provision would have been enforced.

But since the state would have required insurers to offer ACA-compliant plans in order to offer state-based plans, and since premium subsidies via Your Health Idaho continue to be available (and grow to keep pace with premiums), the ACA-compliant market would have continued to exist alongside the “state-based” plans, albeit likely with fewer enrollees than it has to today. Assuming the people who would have remained in the ACA-compliant market are primarily those who are older, sicker, and/or receiving premium subsidies, the total federal outlay for premium subsidies would likely have grown, placing an additional burden on taxpayers.Consumers who purchase state-based plans would ostensibly have been somewhat protected by the provision that requires insurers to transfer members to one of the insurer’s ACA-compliant plans if the member hits the state-based plan’s benefit cap. But rescission could have become a major issue in scenarios in which members do hit the benefit cap. Since these plans would have been medically underwritten, a person who ended up hitting the benefit cap (ie, a million dollars worth of claims during the year) could have been subject to significant post-claims underwriting.Basically, the insurer would have been able to go back through the person’s medical records with a fine-toothed comb, checking to make sure that the person had been 100 percent honest when completing the initial medical underwriting questions.

If the insurer found anything that the person hadn’t disclosed on the application, they would have potentially been able to rescind the policy for fraud or misrepresentation (this is still allowed under the ACA, but is much less of an issue on plans that don’t ask enrollees about their medical history). At that point, not only would the person retroactively lose their coverage, they also wouldn’t be eligible to switch to an ACA-compliant plan until the next open enrollment period.It’s also unclear whether the out-of-pocket costs that the consumer had already paid would have been counted towards the ACA-compliant plan’s out-of-pocket exposure, or if the consumer would have been starting from zero mid-year in that scenario, assuming they were indeed able to transition to an ACA-compliant plan.And it’s also important to note that consumers who select a state-based plan and then find out that it doesn’t cover as much as they thought it did would not have been able to switch to an ACA-compliant plan until open enrollment, unless they have a qualifying event. For example, the consumer might not notice that a particular state-based plan doesn’t cover maternity, especially since people have become accustomed to the concept of all plans covering maternity. In that case, she might only find out about the lack of maternity coverage if and when she becomes pregnant, and she would not be able to switch to an ACA-compliant plan until open enrollment.This is an issue with short-term plans as well.

A person who enrolls in a short-term plan and subsequently finds out that it doesn’t cover his or her medical needs cannot switch to an ACA-compliant plan until the next open enrollment. And since short-term plans are not considered minimum essential coverage, the termination of a short-term plan does not count as a qualifying event to trigger a special enrollment period for ACA-compliant plans.Cameron and Otter expressed optimism in the face of the letter from CMS, noting that “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.” As noted above, the state has largely shifted focus to enhanced short-term plans, but Cameron noted in late 2019 that Idaho “still may pursue the state-based plans.”Assessment fee increased to 1.99% — still far lower than Healthcare.gov feeYour Health Idaho was previously funded with a 1.5 percent assessment fee on all health insurance plans sold through the exchange (unlike many other states, the fee is not collected for plans sold outside the exchange). The fee increased to 1.99 percent in 2016, which is still considerably lower than the 3.5 percent assessment that Healthcare.gov collects in states that use the federally-facilitated marketplace (HealthCare.gov’s fee is dropping to 3 percent as of 2020).The exchange does not receive any state funding, and had spent most of their initial federal start-up funding by 2016.

The exchange must be self-sustaining going forward, which is why the assessment was increased.A Leavitt Partners study found Your Health Idaho to be an excellent example of an exchange that is operating well on a much smaller-than-average budget. Your Health Idaho mostly uses in-house support for its systems, and only contracts with vendors for highly specialized services, like marketing. Many other state-run exchanges contract with vendors for much of their day-to-day operations, while Your Health Idaho staff handles most of the day-to-day operations of the exchange. This is part of the reason they’re able to operate at a lower cost than the rest of the state-run exchanges.But at the same time, Your Health Idaho has limited itself to only essential functions.

The exchange leaves plan oversight and rate review entirely to the Idaho Department of Insurance, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare does all of the subsidy and Medicaid eligibility determination for exchange enrollees. The exchange does not have to spend time or money being involved in these processes, or creating systems that would essentially duplicate the functionality of the DOI or DHW.SHOP exchange – direct enrollmentAs part of their cost-saving plan, Your Health Idaho opted not to build a SHOP (small business) exchange enrollment platform, and instead relies on direct enrollment through health insurance carriers (with agents and brokers providing enrollment assistance) when businesses want to enroll in SHOP plans.Your Health Idaho has a paper application that small businesses can complete, with contact information that the exchange can use to get in touch with the business and help them move forward with the enrollment process. But in general, Your Health Idaho recommends that small businesses reach out to a broker or agent for assistance with SHOP enrollment.This approach saves the exchange from having to administer and fund a SHOP platform, and in hindsight, is probably a wise decision—SHOP enrollments nationwide have been relatively lackluster, and Idaho’s decision means that the exchange is not having to fund and maintain a low-use enrollment platform.History of Idaho’s marketplace developmentRepublican Gov. Butch Otter announced in December 2012 that Idaho would implement a state-run health insurance exchange, and HHS gave conditional approval of the state’s plan in early January 2013.The state-run option was resisted by both the governor and many Republican legislators.

Like those in other “red” states, Idaho leaders hoped the U.S. Supreme Court would find the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. However, after the Court upheld most elements of the ACA and a state task force in October 2012 strongly recommended a state-run exchange, Otter began leaning toward that option as preferable to a federally run exchange.After Otter’s announcement in December 2012, legislators began considering legislation, and both chambers passed bills authorizing a state-run in exchange in the first quarter of 2013. However, that left scant time to set up the exchange.

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