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Thousands of Alaskans fall into ACA ‘coverage gap’

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Health providers to finally receive contract cost funding

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

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

I was thinking of not doing a column this week.

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.

Peninsula rallies for cancer patient

SOLDOTNA — Soldotna resident September Klumb has never been the type of person who would give up the fight.

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UA items top $2.1B budget

The University of Alaska was a big winner when the Senate passed its $2.1 billion version of the state capital budget.

ConocoPhillips to reopen LNG plant, resume exports

ConocoPhillips is restarting its liquefied natural gas plant on the Kenai Peninsula and will resume shipments of LNG in May, the company announced April 14.

Senate draft of fisheries act begins circulating

The newest version of the Magnuson-Stevens Act out for discussion adds subsistence users and Tribal governments to the fisheries management law and has the potential to create new Community Development Quota in the Arctic, but it has not yet been made widely available to the public for review.

Slope gets busy from CD-5 to Point Thomson

JUNEAU — North Slope oil fields are busy places these days. ConocoPhillips told a state legislative committee in Juneau that it expects to see 50,000 barrels per day of new North Slope production in 2018 based on projects now under construction and planned.

Outlook: population, jobs will continue slow, steady growth

JUNEAU — Alaska’s economy seems in good shape and is continuing in a long-term, slow-growth trend, although questions around the national recovery hang over Alaska as well as the rest of the U.S., according to the Northrim Bank annual economic outlook report.