Idaho’s largest health care system is getting into the insurance business.
St. Luke’s Health System launched the St. Luke’s Health Plan, a nonprofit health insurance plan providing coverage to individuals and families in 20 Idaho counties starting in January.
The new plan will cover health care for St. Luke’s and 4,000 independent physicians in Idaho. This network includes healthcare providers in the southwest, south-central, and central regions of the state.
Dr. Jon Schott, chief medical officer of St. Luke’s Health Plan, said the goal of the new health insurance system was to improve the health of the community.
“It’s personal to us,” Schott said. “For those of us who have been on this journey in the past six months, we’ve really had the opportunity to build a plan based on how we would like to be treated and how we want our families to be treated and for our neighbours, in our communities.”
The development of the new insurance plan will not change who can receive care at St. Luke’s facilities. St. Luke’s will continue to accept most health insurance plans.
St. Luke’s expects the health insurance plan to be certified and sold on the Idaho exchange, Your Health Idaho, when it launches open enrollment this fall.
“Our vision to be the community’s trusted partner in delivering exceptional patient-centered care is at the heart of everything we do,” St. Luke’s Health Plan Chairman Matt Wolff said in a statement. A press release. “To realize this vision, we are embarking on a bold and ambitious approach to continuously improve the quality, access and affordability of health care for the communities we serve. »
To learn more, visit the St. Luke’s Health Plan website.
— Mia Maldonado is an intern for the Idaho Capital Sun. This article originally appeared on idahocapitalsun.com.