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Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage

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Alaska Groups Give Passing Grade To Reworked HealthCare.gov

Groups in Alaska working to sign people up for health insurance on the federal marketplace say the website is working much better. The Obama Administration re-launched an improved healthcare.gov marketplace yesterday. Now insurance agents and navigators have three weeks to help Alaskans enroll in insurance plans that start offering coverage January 1st.

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December 3, 2013

Premera Won’t Increase Rates On Plan Extensions

Premera Alaska won’t increase premium rates for Alaskans who decide to extend their plans for another year. The company previously had to cancel plans that didn’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act for 5,400 members in the state.

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December 2, 2013
Photo by Annie Feidt, APRN - Anchorage.

World Cup Season Kicks Off In Finland

The first World Cup event of the season in cross country skiing is scheduled to start this Friday in northern Finland. Four Alaska Pacific University skiers will race, Kikkan Randall, Holly Brooks and Sadie Bjornsen and Rosie Brennan. This will be an eventful season for the team, building up to the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February.

November 27, 2013

Premera Alaska Allows 5,200 Customers To Keep Insurance Plans

Health Insurer Premera Alaska will allow 5,200 customers in the state to keep their insurance plans. The company canceled the plans for 2014 because they didn’t meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act. But earlier this month, after public outcry, President Obama said insurers could offer those canceled plans for another year, as long as states allowed it.

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November 25, 2013
Breaking Up With Healthcare.gov

Breaking Up With Healthcare.gov

Enrolling in healthcare.gov is not easy. But Anchorage hair stylist Lara Imler is one of the few Alaskans who managed to get through the process late last month. Now though, after she discovered problems with her application, Imler wants to cancel her enrollment. And she’s finding that may not be so simple either.

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November 25, 2013

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

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

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
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

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

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

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
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

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

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
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

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

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
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

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