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Debts have hospitals seeking payment up front

...away from local hospitals if they don't pay their charges up front. In recent years, businesses have cut health insurance benefits for employees, hospital executives said. If businesses kept the benefit, they often shifted more of the costs...
Getting government out of health care? Yeah, right

...socialist." But have they ever - ever - considered relinquishing the generous government-administered health insurance benefits that taxpayers provide them through their employment on behalf of the American people? "If you think it's...
Alaska editorial: State needs to solve costly retirement-system shortfall

...municipalities and school districts - have about $14 billion invested, earning money to cover future retirement and health insurance benefits. But the state's financial adviser says the funds are short $6.9 billion to cover the next 25 years...
City health plan spurs worker petition

Some city employees surprised by a new policy allowing domestic partners to receive city health insurance benefits are backing a petition opposing the rule. The employees said they were blindsided by the domestic partner clause when they received...
PFLAG says vote 'No' on April 3 employees. Adding partnership benefits costs less than one half of 1 percent of program costs. Denying health insurance benefits hurts Alaska families and their children. Discrimination undermines the equal protection clause of our state...
Alaska editorial: A jumping-off point for retirement debt discussion

...employees is about $8 billion short of what it could need over the next 25 years to pay out pension checks and health insurance benefits. And by now most Alaskans probably also know there is no easy - certainly no painless - answer to the problem...
Internet, big boxes put lid on institution be profitable, Conway said. Unlike some big national retailers, the Anchorage store continued to offer health insurance benefits, annual leave, $12-an-hour wages on average and Christmas bonuses. "If you can't give people a little...
State workers' contract talks stalled

...of $1,200 this year, a 3 percent increase in 2005 and a 3 percent increase in 2006. A $56 increase in health insurance benefits this year, a $99 increase in 2005 and a $122 increase in 2006. Timothy Inklebarger can be reached at timothy...
Doing nothing? Not an option for health care reform that wouldn't touch Medicare - for example, by reducing the tax exemption for health insurance benefits. The point that critics of the bill gloss over, however, is that the Medicare program has to be reined in...
House OKs labor contracts bill

...that the monetary terms of contracts submitted to the Legislature must include any changes in employee leave, health insurance benefits or any terms that could result in a change in work hours or state revenues. Dave Koivuniemi, assistant commissioner...


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