BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Health care experts say switching state workers to a self-insurance model could save roughly $13 million in its first year of implementation. The amount is smaller than the state's previous estimates that boasted savings as high as $60 million within the first three years. Idaho lawmakers have considered moving the state to a self-insurance system for several years. The topic has since become a key talking point for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tommy Ahlquist — who has pointed to the switch as a possible way to slash the state budget by $100 million. Under such a plan, the state would pay for health insurance for about 45,600 state workers and family members directly rather than purchasing insurance through an insurance carrier. Idaho' currently has a hybrid fully-insured plan with Blue Cross of Idaho.

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