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Alaska's high health care costs drive patients out of state

...trend. Two years ago, self-insured telecommunications company GCI started offering the benefit. In January, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, Alaska's largest provider of group insurance, began offering a medical travel program to all...
New medical coding system aims to help track quality of health care

...providers."Health plans are working aggressively to help them get over the hump," said Justine Handelman of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, who noted that the industry has had years to prepare. The U.S. postponed the deadline twice...
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Rate increases approved for individual health care market plans through the federally run online marketplace.Division director Lori Wing-Heier said Thursday that Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield and Moda Health cited the high cost of medical services as one of the factors in requesting rate increases...
3 insurers plan to leave market

...companies covered fewer than 6,000 policyholders, she said. Two major insurers remain for individual policies, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield and Moda Health.Wing-Heier said the division was trying to contact another company licensed to write...
Patients' medical records under threat

...Prominent cyberattacks affecting two health insurance giants happened after the study. Last May, a data breach hit Premera Blue Cross, affecting about 11 million customers and others. And between last December and late January, hackers accessed an...
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Walker wants agencies to review cybersecurity

...companies the state does business with following an attack on the largest health insurance company in Alaska.Premera Blue Cross announced this week that it had discovered an attack on its systems in which consumer data such as Social Security numbers...
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Premera Blue Cross says data breach could affect 11M people

NEW YORK - Premera Blue Cross, a health insurer based in the Pacific far back as 2002 and affects users of Premera Blue Cross, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, and Vivacity and Connection...
My Turn: Health care math doesn't add up for Alaskans

...nearly 16,000 Alaskans will increase substantially in 2015 as a result of the Affordable Care Act." In 2015, Premera Blue Cross insurance rates will increase between 35 and 40 percent, and the middle "Silver" plan will see an increase of 37 percent...
Moda: Extending policies creates divided pool for all Alaskans the coverage they both need and deserve."The other insurer on the exchange in Alaska, Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield, plans to extend the older plans through 2016, a spokeswoman has said.Nicholas said Moda sent letters...
Community clinic continues service we're going to begin accepting community members ... on a fee-for-service basis and Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield," Nurse Practitioner Janna Brewster said. "The grants don't cover everything so we have to have a revenue...


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