Archive of: Health News



April Issue 3 2014

CBO: Subsidy costs revised to $1T over 10 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released April 14.

April Issue 3 2014

New ‘face,’ but some old problems for ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abruptly on the spot as the new face of “Obamacare,” Sylvia Mathews Burwell faces steep challenges, both logistical and political.

March Issue 5 2014

State: Pain meds contributing to workers’ comp costs

State officials and legislators are increasingly concerned with the over-prescription of opiates and other controlled substances for pain management in the workers’ compensation program.

March Issue 4 2014

House bills target escalating Alaska medical costs

JUNEAU — State legislators are dealing with number of bills affecting business as the 2014 session enters its final month. Lawmakers must adjourn April 20, although there are procedures for extending the session.

March Issue 3 2014

Two-year extension offered for canceled health plans

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warding off the specter of election-year health insurance cancellations, the Obama administration March 5 announced a two-year extension for individual policies that don’t meet requirements of the new health care law.

GAO accepts bipartisan requests to probe health exchanges March Issue 3 2014

GAO accepts bipartisan requests to probe health exchanges

The investigative arm of Congress on March 5 agreed to look into problems with state health exchange websites around the country.

March Issue 3 2014

House aims to revamp high-cost workers’ comp system

Workers’ compensation rates in Alaska have continued to climb in recent years despite a declining number of claims.

March Issue 1 2014

Health providers to finally receive contract cost funding

Alaska’s Tribal health care providers had good news in February.

March Issue 1 2014

GUEST COMMENTARY: ‘Obamacare’ and the end of the American work ethic

I was thinking of not doing a column this week.

February Issue 3 2014

EDITORIAL: ‘Obamacare’ means whatever president says it does

“ObamaCare” is useful shorthand for the Affordable Care Act not least because the law increasingly means whatever President Obama says it does on any given day.