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Health and wellness failed. It's time to earn insurance rebates, Idaho Blue Cross CEO says

September 17, 2017View for printing

Charlene Maher took over as CEO of Blue Cross of Idaho in early 2016. She began her career as a registered nurse, then went on to work in health insurance for 25 years, including as a top executive at WellPoint, where she oversaw health plans for 14 states.

One of her goals as a health care leader in Idaho is to help the state reach "access for all," where no Idahoan is without health care.

One of the things that has prevented us from really doing great things, from an insurance carrier's perspective, is that in many states including Idaho, rebates are illegal. So, we have to be really careful. You can't rebate people to do something.

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To fix broken health insurance system, who needs help? The insurers, ex-legislator says

John Rusche is a former Democratic legislator from Lewiston who rose to minority leader in the Idaho House. He is also a retired pediatrician and a former health-insurance executive.

When it comes to our broken health care system, Rusche says he has "looked at this rare gem from many different directions."

He has seen firsthand the effects of delayed medical treatment, poor health education and poverty.

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