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My Turn: Medicaid expansion makes sense for many reasons

...not. The difference is made up, in part, by cost shifting, resulting in higher charges for services and higher insurance premiums.Among the critiques I've heard in discussions on Medicaid expansion is that current Medicaid programs need reforms...
Column: The 'rest of the story' on federal subsidies

...15,000 Alaskans will lose the credit they just earned. Now that doesn't mean they'll be required to pay an insurance premium they can't afford. If that cost is more than 8 percent of household income, they can opt of coverage without...
Legislators file first round of bills

...officers, firefighters or emergency medical technicians who die from work-related injuries include one year of health insurance premium payments.? HB 4 - Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-Fairbanks - Adjusts the definition of liability for automated external defibrillators...
Local | AK legislature
My Turn: Reflecting on two nights on call visits, recurring hospitalizations and worsening disabilities of uninsured individuals. The result is higher insurance premiums and more costly out-of-pocket expenses for basic health care.Gov. Sean Parnell and his administration have...
Playing the health insurance blame game

...Politicians and at least one interest group seized the opportunity this week to point fingers over the news that health insurance premiums for thousands of Alaskans may increase next year.Parnell blames ObamaGov. Sean Parnell's administration, in...
Few certainties in calculating Triple Crown value

...Chrome's trainer, Art Sherman, said this week when asked if the horse would race another year.But it's possible."(The owners) just got him insured for a lot of money. You don't pay the insurance premium and sell him right away."
Officials target mid-2015 for workers' comp changes

...system will reduce high medical costs of the current system which given Alaska the highest workers' compensation insurance premiums in the nation despite a workplace safety record that seems to be getting better every year, Monagle said.State...
Spokeswoman defends insurance rate review process

...spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell says Alaska's Division of Insurance did not apply for federal grants to review health insurance premium increases because the state has the resources to support an effective review.Alaska was among several states that...
My Turn: The 'do nothing' style of Parnell's leadership

...majority in his state's legislature, it's action that defines true leadership. Instead of griping about rising insurance premiums, Parnell could have accepted federal grant money to improve the state's oversight of private insurers' rate...
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...


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