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Rate increases approved for individual health care market

...approved average rate increases for next year of nearly 40 percent for the two companies providing individual health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace.Division director Lori Wing-Heier said Thursday that Premera...
Luxury birthing clinics spur cesarean 'epidemic' in Brazil

...giant flat screen TV as they nibble on hors d'oeuvres. The clinic's seven deluxe suites aren't covered by health insurance plans and run an extra $500 for the standard three-night stay.New mother Faria chose a deluxe suite and also splurged...
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My Turn: Medicaid is overburdened with fraud

...provider tax will hurt middle- and lower-income people the most, especially those who have been signed up for a health insurance plan under the Obamacare insurance mandate and already have huge monthly premiums and sky-high deductibles. In Juneau...
Group formed to promote legal weed

...conduct for association members.The association also plans to offer benefits, such as being part of a group health insurance plan, Kole said.Emmett and Schulte were recently appointed as industry representatives to the Marijuana Control Board...
Health insurance deadline nears

...automatically re-enrolled.? In the first two months of open enrollment, 89 percent of Alaska consumers who selected health insurance plans were determined eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums.? Alaska consumers can choose...
My Turn: Eighty insurance cards, and counting

It has now been slightly over a year since the state of Alaska selected Aetna to administer their AlaskaCare health insurance plans for active and retired state employees. They were selected because it was believed Aetna could provide the...
My Turn: Health care math doesn't add up for Alaskans

It has now been more than four years since then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi explained to Americans why she had to push the health care reform bill through in such a rush: "We have to pass the bill to find out what's in the bill ? and get away from the fog."
My Turn: Fall - the season for back-to-school, new beginnings and heathcare opportunities

...moved to a new state, or recently married or divorced, you may be able to qualify for an SEP to sign up for a new health insurance plan (Note: Most SEPs last only 30 or 60 days). If you're not sure if you qualify for a SEP, visit Healthcare...
My Turn: Bill Walker is now a target

...Bill's personal and management skills. We do not have a government-funded or company-funded retirement plan or health insurance plan.Bill does not have established political parties transferring tens of thousands of dollars to his campaign or...
Plan to simplify 2015 health renewals may backfire

...haven't been able to get that built," said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for the industry trade group America's Health Insurance Plans.Here's the issue, in a nutshell:To streamline next year's open enrollment season, the Health and Human...
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