Archive for the ‘National Health Care Reform Legislation’ Category

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

Health cooperatives

The legislation authorizes $6 billion in funding for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program to foster the creation of nonprofit, member-run health insurance companies. Health care cooperatives are nonprofit, consumer-governed organizations that provide insurance and deliver health services....
July 9th, 2010 | National Health Care Reform Legislation, new programs, Uncategorized | Read More

State responsibilities

The state exchanges will be required to certify qualified health plans, operate a toll-free hotline and Web site, rate qualified health plans, present plan options in a standard format, inform individuals of the eligibility requirements for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program,...
July 9th, 2010 | National Health Care Reform Legislation, new programs | Read More

Temporary reinsurance program for employers providing health insurance to non-Medicare retirees

Creates a temporary reinsurance program for employers providing health insurance coverage to retirees over age 55 who are not eligible for Medicare. This program would reimburse employers retrospectively 80% of claims between $15,000-90,000, which will be indexed for inflation. It will end on January...
July 9th, 2010 | insurance, National Health Care Reform Legislation, new programs, Uncategorized | Read More

Penalty for use of Health Savings Account Funds for withdrawal goes from 10 to 20

Penalty for use of Health Savings Account Funds for withdrawal goes from 10 to 20% Source: NAHU
July 9th, 2010 | National Health Care Reform Legislation, requirements, Uncategorized | Read More

Creates high-risk pool coverage for people who have been uninsured for at least six months

Creates high-risk pool coverage for people who have been uninsured for at least six months and cannot obtain current individual coverage due to preexisting conditions. This national program can work with existing state high-risk pools and will end on January 1, 2014, once the Exchanges become operational and...
July 9th, 2010 | National Health Care Reform Legislation, new programs, Uncategorized | Read More
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