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House approves workers' compensation changes

...will slow the fast-rising workers' compensation medical costs that are driving up the costs of workers' comp insurance premiums employers must pay."This is an effort to reduce exorbitant costs in both the public and private sectors," Olson...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-18/house-approves-workers-compensation-cha
State | AK legislature
My Turn: Medicaid expansion is right for Alaska

...When they cannot pay for that care, the cost is shifted to other payers, thus leading to higher costs and higher insurance premiums. Under the proposed expansion, Medicaid eligibility for children, pregnant women, seniors and the disabled would...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-11-15/my-turn-medicaid-expansion-right-alas
Opinion
Medicaid expansion - it's your business

...taxes will pay for the uninsured in other states. Alaska businesses and all insured Alaskans will bear even higher insurance premiums and health care costs to cover those uninsured. Currently, the cost of care for uninsured Alaskans who are unable...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-10-31/medicaid-expansion-its-your-business
Opinion
Empire Editorial: The $10M elephant in the room

...among the best compensated in Alaska. Since 2004, insurance premiums for teachers rose from $800 to $1,800; the...raise actually diverts money from cost savings on insurance premiums into salaries. The only people who will benefit...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-12-13/empire-editorial-10m-elephant-room
Opinion
Teachers, District far apart in labor talks

...until late-spring.Under the district's proposal, the money used to pay a portion of the employees' health insurance premiums would instead be diverted to pay for salary increases of 1 percent in the first year of a new contract and 1.5...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2013-12-11/teachers-district-far-apart-labor-talks
Local
Health care for Alaska

...Care Act. If we don't, she recently wrote, "Alaska businesses and all insured Alaskans will bear even higher insurance premiums and health care costs to cover those uninsured Alaskans." But for Gov. Sean Parnell, it may be that the system...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-11-13/health-care-alaska
Opinion
Small businesses still figuring out Affordable Care Act

...for Medicaid under current guidelines would be better than continuing to work and not being able to afford health insurance premiums. "And that's the last thing we want," Roemmich said. "We want people to work. We want businesses to have...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-11-08/small-businesses-still-figuring-out-aff
State
Flood risk

...communities, or on the rural geologic flood plains and, after Colorado, in the mountainous run-off regions, insurance premiums continue to be subsidized by taxpayers, with the low and fixed income victims suffering incalculably.Earth's...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2013-09-29/flood-risk
Opinion
Lead, follow or get out of the way

...foundation came out saying that 'Obamacare,' also known as the Affordable Care Act, will not only bring down Health Insurance premiums, but will bring them down even more than expected. This comes not long after a different study showed medical...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2013-09-08/lead-follow-or-get-out-way
Letters
Health insurance changes coming Oct. 1 in Alaska for employers, individuals

...over 10 years, Weinstein said.Those include a "Cadillac tax" on certain high-value plans, a tax on health insurance premiums, an excise tax on medical devices, the insurance mandate penalties and even a tax on tanning beds.Medicaid changes...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2013-09-02/health-insurance-changes-coming-oct-1-a
State

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