Affordable Care Act Saves Idahoans Money

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Idaho Residents Saved $35.1 million on Prescription Drugs in 2013 Under the Affordable Care Act The numbers are in, and they are impressive – Idaho residents on Medicare saved $35.1 million on their prescription drugs in 2013, thanks to the closing of the “donut hole” for prescriptions under the Affordable Care Act – or an average discount per beneficiary of $742. Nationally, 7.9 million people who are on Medicare have saved over $9.927 billion on prescription drugs under the Affordable …

Shop Around for Long-Term Care

Shop Around for Long-Term Care

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing With nursing home care costing as much as $86,000 a year, older Idahoans and their families may want to shop around. AARP Idaho and the state Department of Insurance have created a guide to make the task easier. Compiled by volunteers, The Price Guide to Long-Term Care Insurance and Services in Idaho lists the costs of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and home health care agencies across the state, as well as prices for long-term care insurance. “This guide gives …

AARP Idaho Kicks Off "Minds in Motion" with College of Southern Idaho

AARP Idaho Kicks Off “Minds in Motion” with College of Southern Idaho

Posted on 10/25/2013 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Idaho is pleased to partner with the College of Southern Idaho on a new lifelong learning series called Minds in Motion. Minds in Motion is an exciting series of lectures, classes and activities designed to enrich your life through education, physical activity and community connection. Courses will include tours of local industry, outdoor programs and seminars on a broad range of topics such as brain health and fraud prevention. The Minds in Motion kick off event will take place …

Health Insurance Marketplace Offers Consumers Choices

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The doors opened Oct. 1 for Idahoans to start shopping online for health insurance plans. About 278,000 uninsured state residents can compare and purchase plans through the Idaho health insurance exchange. So can those who are paying too much for their current coverage or who previously were denied coverage because of preexisting conditions. The state insurance marketplace was established under the Affordable Care Act, and the policies available will take effect Jan. 1. AARP Idaho aims to ensure that people …

AARP state director Mark Estess appointed to health exchange board of directors

AARP’s Estess Appointed to Represent Consumers on Exchange Board

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (R) has appointed Mark Estess, AARP Idaho state director, to the panel that is working to implement the new health insurance exchange.  Estess will be one of three members designated to represent consumers on the 19-member board that will develop rules for the state exchange. Enrollment in the online marketplace for affordable insurance opens Oct. 1, and it will be running on Jan. 1. Currently 278,000 Idahoans are without affordable health coverage. “The goal of the …

Idaho Adopts Health Exchange

Posted on 06/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Thanks to state lawmakers and Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (R), roughly 278,000 Idahoans lacking health insurance—including nearly 48,000 people ages 50 to 64—will be able to find affordable coverage this fall through a state insurance exchange. AARP Idaho testified in support before legislators and gathered petition signatures, ran ads and hosted a telephone town hall with the state insurance director and over 6,000 participants. An AARP-commissioned poll revealed broad Idaho support, even as 26 other states opted for federal exchanges. …