An Alaska government takeover of healthcare is in the works. This plan will increase state spending, grow healthcare costs, and result in less flexible, less effective care.
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If you own a restaurant, plumbing company or other small business, you may be intrigued by the expected expansion of association health plans under a new rule that got a stamp of approval from the... Read more
Look for fairly consistent funding to flow into programs combating the opioid crisis over the next several years after Alaska was designated the recipient of three grants to pay for more treatment... Read more
Patients curious about what health care costs won’t have to guess anymore after the Alaska Legislature followed 30 other states in passing a law requiring providers to disclose their prices.
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Around the Capitol, there has been talk about “the high cost of Medicaid” and what can be done about it. Just the other day legislation was introduced in the Senate that would institute work... Read more
Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska announced March 12 that the company will make a $50 million investments over five years in Alaska thanks to the tax reform bill passed by Congress in... Read more
The State of Alaska pays $12.5 million per week for its share of Medicaid expenses.
But in order for the Department of Health and Social Services to continue processing medical assistance payments... Read more
A new platform devised by Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield opens opportunities not only for the insured, but to help crack the conundrum of high medical costs.
Alaskans enrolled in the individual and... Read more
The first disbursement from the federal government to help cover Alaska’s high-cost individual insurance market pool was announced Feb. 9 at $58.5 million for 2018, an amount higher than projected.... Read more
The immigration stalemate that temporarily caused a government shutdown over a late January weekend was ended with a three-week funding bill that included a six-year extension of the Children’s... Read more
A request for another $100 million to fund Medicaid claims raised questions on the Senate Finance Committee in the first days of the legislative session, but the answers will have to wait.
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Officials say they’ve seen benefits of a health care cost transparency ordinance passed by the Anchorage Assembly last February, and now Ketchikan is exploring a similar measure to receive price tags... Read more
A health clinic in downtown Anchorage, at the heart of the 5th Avenue Mall, may seem an unlikely sight at first glance amid the Christmas tinsel.
Near the giant JC Penney department store, Capstone... Read more
Just weeks before a new 2.6 percent tax is to be levied against businesses and individuals, the Alaska Chamber says there’s not a moment to lose in convincing Congress it’s a bad idea.
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The Salvation Army’s red kettles collect quarters and dollars that may not look like they’d add up to much.
But in the face of Alaska’s drug epidemic, those for whom the bells toll include people in... Read more
Republicans in Congress are aiming to repeal the health insurance mandate tax penalty before the holidays, but the IRS still plans to enforce it when people file their 2017 returns next year.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pick for health secretary is a former pharmaceutical company executive who already has drawn heat from Democrats over his ties to the pharmaceutical... Read more
The state or federal government covers 340,000 people in Alaska and retirees out-of-state, spending $3.5 billion per year between Medicaid and federal and state employee groups.
Uncle Sam pays $1.51... Read more