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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

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Alaska’s Insurance Director Resigns

The state’s insurance director is resigning. Bret Kolb is leaving to become development director at Victory Ministries of Alaska, a bible camp and conference center based in Palmer. He has been on the job at the Division of Insurance for 18 months, during a time of incredible upheaval in the health insurance industry, with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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November 20, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Begich Proposing More Insurance Options For ACA

Senator Mark Begich is proposing a change to the Affordable Care Act that would make cheaper insurance options available. The Expanded Consumer Choice Act would add a new tier of coverage to the range of plans available on the individual market starting in 2015.

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November 19, 2013 - 5:06 pm

Fairbanks Man Frustrated With Obama’s ACA “Fix”

About 9,000 Alaskans are being forced out of their existing health insurance plans next year under the Affordable Care Act. Last week, President Obama announced new rules that may allow some residents to keep their plans for another year. But for Fairbanks knife maker Mark Knapp, that “fix” doesn’t go far enough.

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November 18, 2013 - 3:56 pm
Parnell Says Medicaid Won’t Expand In Alaska

Parnell Says Medicaid Won’t Expand In Alaska

Friday, Governor Parnell announced he won’t expand Medicaid in Alaska. Medicaid expansion is a key provision of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. It would offer health coverage to an estimated 40,000 low income Alaskans. Parnell says he doesn’t want to attach Alaskans health care or finances to a “failing Obamacare system.”

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November 15, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Obama’s ACA ‘Fix’ Will Be Tricky To Implement In Alaska

President Obama said today insurers can continue offering the plans they intended to cancel as part of the Affordable Care Act. The announcement is a response to outcry over the President’s “if you like your plan you can keep it” promise, which turned out to be untrue for millions of Americans. Now, state insurance regulators and insurance companies have to figure out if they can make Obama’s new plan work.

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November 14, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Alaska Has Few Healthcare.gov Enrollees

Enroll Alaska is back in business. The company suspended enrollments on healthcare.gov last month, after discovering the subsidy calculations weren’t working properly for Alaskans.

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November 13, 2013 - 6:10 pm

Alaska’s Filipino Community Plans Relief Efforts For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

Alaska’s Filipino community is pulling together to help the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the country early Friday morning.

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November 11, 2013 - 5:41 pm
Persistence Pays Off On Health Insurance Marketplace

Persistence Pays Off On Health Insurance Marketplace

Despite the extensive problems with healthcare.gov, a few dozen Alaskans have managed to enroll in a health plan on the marketplace. Anchorage hair stylist Lara Imler is one of them. She credits a degree in computer programming for helping her get through the process.

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November 5, 2013 - 6:33 pm

Alaska Insurers Report Marketplace Enrollment Numbers

Nearly one month after the federally run health insurance marketplace launched, just 35 Alaskans have been able to sign up for plans. That’s according to the two insurers offering plans on the marketplace, Premera Alaska and Moda Health.

October 29, 2013 - 5:01 pm

Affordable Care Act Marketplace

Nearly one month after the federal government launched its new online health insurance marketplace, few Alaskans have been able to sign up. We’ll discuss the frustrations and the successes with the marketplace and look ahead at how the Affordable Care Act will roll out in 2014.

APRN: Tuesday, 10/29 at 10:00am

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October 25, 2013 - 12:00 pm
U.S. Senator Mark Begich

Definition of ‘Alaska Native’ Needs Fixing In Health Care Law

Thousands of Alaska Natives will miss out on benefits they qualify for under the Affordable Care Act if the definition of Alaska Native under the law isn’t changed. American Indians and Alaska Natives are exempt from the law’s individual mandate to buy health insurance or face a tax penalty.

October 22, 2013 - 3:40 pm

Alaska Chamber Makes Medicaid Expansion A Priority

The Alaska State Chamber of Commerce has adopted Medicaid expansion as one of its top state legislative priorities. Governor Parnell has expressed reservations about accepting federal funding to allow more Alaskans to qualify for Medicaid. But supporters of the expansion hope the endorsement from the influential Chamber will convince the Governor and Republican lawmakers that it’s good for the state.

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October 21, 2013 - 5:40 pm

A Few Successes For Alaska’s Health Insurance Marketplace

Enroll Alaska has successfully signed up seven people this week for health insurance on the state’s new Affordable Care Act Marketplace, but nearly three weeks into the launch of the marketplace, the company expected to have many more people enrolled.

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October 18, 2013 - 4:11 pm
Former DNR Commish Dan Sullivan Announces Senate Run

Former DNR Commish Dan Sullivan Announces Senate Run

Former Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan announced he’s running for U.S. Senate this morning in Anchorage.

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October 15, 2013 - 10:54 am

Signing Up For Insurance On Federal Marketplace Still A Waiting Game

The main groups working to help Alaskans sign up for marketplace insurance plans haven’t successfully enrolled anyone. One week after after the launch of the federally run health insurance marketplace, it’s still not operational.

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October 8, 2013 - 2:18 pm

High Web Traffic Cripples Federal Health Insurance Marketplaces

A day after the launch of Alaska’s health insurance marketplace, it’s still impossible to sign up for plans on the website. The federal government says higher than expected web traffic has hampered all of the federally run marketplace sites, like the one in Alaska. They are working to add more server capacity to address the problem.

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October 2, 2013 - 5:41 pm
Health Insurance Marketplace Launches In Alaska

Health Insurance Marketplace Launches In Alaska

Alaska’s federally run health insurance marketplace officially launched on Oct. 1 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Starting Jan. 1, most people in the country will be required to have insurance and the Marketplace will allow them to shop for insurance and qualify for subsidies to help pay for it. Large amounts of website traffic and other glitches has made it impossible to sign up for insurance on the site so far today, but community advocates for the law are urging patience.

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October 1, 2013 - 5:30 pm

Groups Work To Educate Alaskans On Health Insurance Marketplace

On October 1st, the federal government will launch its health insurance marketplace in Alaska. Several groups in the state are starting to get the word out about how residents can sign up for health plans under the law.

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September 30, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Feds Release Affordable Care Act Insurance Rates

Alaskans will be paying some of the highest premiums in the country for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

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September 24, 2013 - 8:09 pm
Denali Loses A Few Feet, Remains North America’s Tallest Peak

Denali Loses A Few Feet, Remains North America’s Tallest Peak

The tallest peak in North America is not as tall as previously thought. That’s according to new data from a federal and state effort to provide more detailed topographical maps of Alaska. Denali was measured at 20,237 feet – 83 feet shorter than maps indicate today.

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September 11, 2013 - 5:26 pm