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My Turn: Reflecting on two nights on call

...room 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...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-11-05/my-turn-reflecting-two-nights-call
Opinion
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...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-07/playing-health-insurance-blame-game
State
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...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-09-19/my-turn-do-nothing-style-parnells-lea
Opinion
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...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-09-10/spokeswoman-defends-insurance-rate-revi
State
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."

http://juneauempire.com/sports/2014-06-06/few-certainties-calculating-triple-cro
Sports
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...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-05-27/officials-target-mid-2015-workers-comp-
State
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
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
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

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