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Alaskans opt out of insurance, choose health care ministries

...wife chose to contribute monthly to a Mennonite-affiliated organization based in Ohio after they were faced with an insurance rate from Moda Health totaling more than $2,000."We were put in a position where we really have no choice but to...
Gehring Nursery School awaits the new year

...just for teachers, not for owners," she said. Owners still have to pay property taxes on their building and high insurance rates and permits for their business.The waivers, which would have cost the city approximately $50,750, has not yet...
My Turn: Health care math doesn't add up for Alaskans

...Alaskans will increase substantially in 2015 as a result of the Affordable Care Act." In 2015, Premera Blue Cross insurance rates will increase between 35 and 40 percent, and the middle "Silver" plan will see an increase of 37 percent on average...
Playing the health insurance blame game

...release titled "Alaska health insurance rates to increase substantially due...release titled, "Parnell approves insurance rate hikes." It accused Parnell of...neglecting to improve Alaska's health insurance rate review process and said his denial...
Spokeswoman defends insurance rate review process

Juneau - A 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 didn't apply for a rate-review grant.A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman has said Alaska could offer more affordable options with a stronger rate review program.
My Turn: The 'do nothing' style of Parnell's leadership

...uncharacteristically quiet when the state announced the huge health insurance rate increases on individual plans offered under Obamacare...high cost of health care and its subsequent impact on insurance rates. But like many Republicans across the nation, all...
Walker: We lack leadership in Alaska

...governors have come in and stopped (other programs). It's something that we're paying for and we'll pay higher insurance rates as a result of it. I think it was a pure partisan move on his part with regard to what was best for the state.As...
Medicaid expansion would bring benefits, but at a cost

...were able to do so that would help everyone, she said."That would help the business community, that would help insurance rates, that would help costs overall," Perdue said. "That is a really important thing, we're just waiting to see what...
Alaska editorial: Red flags in new workers' comp law

...more. The bill as finally passed still puts a task force on the case. There's no guarantee that it will bring insurance rates down. So what have we a gained? A big maybe that may be short-lived due to legal problems? It's a risky business...
Mill rate hike will fund education and government

...funding, the city still won't be able to restore training for building inspectors, which might drive up people's insurance rate because the Insurance Rating Bureau bases its ratings partly on the percentage of budget devoted to training. At...


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