Insurance Costs Hurt Idahoans, study says

Blue Cross, Regence BlueShield have a 'near-monopoly,' advocates say. But the companies say the new report is flawed
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May 23, 2009 -- Blue Cross of Idaho and Regence BlueShield of Idaho, the state's two biggest health insurers, can charge customers as much as they want because they have little competition, a new study says.

Working Idaho families have seen premiums rise 122 percent in seven years, according to the report from Health Care for America Now. The umbrella group includes Boise-based Idaho Community Action Network, or ICAN.

When just a couple of companies hold a near-monopoly, they not only set the prices, but they also make the rules and call the shots," said Bret Noble, health care organizer for ICAN. Read more >>

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