Archive for the ‘National Health Care Reform Legislation’ Category

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February 8th, 2018 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Will Alaska be Swallowed by Health Care Costs?

Some good questions were asked this week by state legislators about Alaska’s ballooning health care budget. On Wednesday, January 19 in the Senate Finance Committee meeting, Governor Walker’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget Pat Pitney presented the FY2019 Budget Overview. The budget...
January 19th, 2018 | Fiscal Policy, Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Alaska’s Budget Deficit: Have we really cut enough?

In a large statewide poll conducted by Hellenthal and Associates in the spring of 2017, Alaskan voters agreed with the following statement by a two-to-one margin: “The state budget needs to be drastically reduced.”  A December 2017 analysis from Key Policy Data (KPD) would seem to confirm that the...
January 7th, 2018 | Fiscal Policy, Policy, tax changes, Taxes | Read More

Alaska Keeps Missing Important Deadlines . . . Stalling?

In 2016 in an attempt to bring down costs and improve care, the Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 74, which contained a multitude of Medicaid reform measures such as fraud-waste-and-abuse reduction, managed care and telemedicine. Medicaid costs are a huge and ever-growing chunk of the Alaska budget.                     The...
December 26th, 2017 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid | Read More

Open Letter to Senator Murkowski on Obamacare Repeal & Replace

Honorable Lisa Murkowski                                                                    24 July, 2017 United States Senate Dear Senator Murkowski, I want to thank you for serving the people of Alaska.  However, I am very concerned...
July 26th, 2017 | Health Care, National Health Care Reform Legislation, Recent News | Read More

The Legal Issues on Expanding Medicaid in Alaska

In a Forbes article dated August 4, 2015, Josh Archambault and Jonathan Ingram discuss the legal box that Governor Walker is in regarding his efforts to expand Medicaid without going through the legislative process.  The governor is required to get the legislature’s OK before Alaska takes any...
August 4th, 2015 | Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Alaska’s Current Medicaid Program Fraught With Waste and May Take Your PFD to Fix it

It’s just money so why should we worry?  In case you haven’t seen it, the sworn affidavit of Margaret Brodie, program director of Medicaid in Alaska’s DHSS, has astounding facts regarding the broken current Medicaid system.  For those who believe this is a partisan problem, most of...
July 30th, 2015 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid | Read More

Medicaid Expansion Hurts Medicare Seniors and Tricare Families

This is a reprint of an article we posted on April 14, 2015. An open Letter to Governor Walker and Alaska State Legislators Of all the issues surrounding Medicaid expansion, fairness to Alaska’s senior and veteran populations should be the highest priority. The expansion of Medicaid will have a...
June 29th, 2015 | Health Care, Medicare/Medicaid | Read More

Apologies & Bullies

The Alaska AFL-CIO leader, Vince Beltrami, has posted a video on YouTube which depicts David Boyle as a bully to those who support Medicaid expansion in Alaska.  Unfortunately, Mr. Beltrami uses his platform to attempt to bully Mr. Boyle into apologizing to attendees at a recent Medicaid expansion public...
April 24th, 2015 | Medicare/Medicaid, Recent News | Read More

Film Tax Credits–Folly or Not?

Now that Alaska is in a budget crunch due to the drastic fall in oil prices, the state needs to take another look at its so-called Film Tax Credit program to determine if the returns are worth the investment.  Even if the state were not in a fiscal crunch, this program should be reviewed for its benefits...
February 19th, 2015 | Fiscal Policy, Policy, tax changes | Read More

Union Leaders Upset Over Obamacare

Union leadership strongly supported the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 without reading the bill, as did many Congressmen. Now the law of unintended consequences is coming into play and some union leaders are screaming “foul”. It seems as if the health care benefits of their members...
July 16th, 2013 | Health Care, National Health Care Reform Legislation, Recent News | Read More

The Future of ACES-Alaska’s Oil Tax

If you haven’t been oversaturated with the discussions on development of Alaska’s oil resources and the taxing of that resource, then you have a splendid opportunity to learn more from both sides of the argument. Is Alaska’s tax structure on oil too progressive and thus limiting production...
January 10th, 2012 | Energy, tax changes | Read More

Is Massachusetts Health Care a Microcosm for Alaska?

(New England Journal of Medicine) Massachusetts was the first state to enact near-universal health care coverage in 2006. Since then, premiums have increased and employment in the health care occupations (excluding nurses) and patient care occupations has risen dramatically. This rise in administrative/ancillary...
October 6th, 2011 | Health Care, National Health Care Reform Legislation | Read More

Is Health Care Reform Unraveling?

Grace-Marie Turner outlines ten reasons she thinks that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is unraveling: 1. State pushback 2. Voter rejection 3. Lawsuits 4. Rising costs 5. Towering deficits 6. Seniors hit hard 7. Millions losing coverage 8. Job-killing mandates 9. Companies searching for exits 10....
October 26th, 2010 | Health Care, National Health Care Reform Legislation, Recent News | Read More

‘Slacker’ health insurance now mandatory

Starting 90 days from the passage of the health care bill, whether you have kids or not, consumers will be required to purchase with any health care coverage they obtain, plans which cover dependents living in the home up to age 26.
July 23rd, 2010 | insurance, National Health Care Reform Legislation | Read More

Premium changes

The legislation instructs state exchanges to require insurance carriers seeking certification as qualified health plans to submit a justification for any premium increase prior to implementation of the increase. The exchange is then required to take the information into consideration when determining...
July 9th, 2010 | National Health Care Reform Legislation, requirements, Uncategorized | Read More