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Group plan increases smaller than individual rate spikes

The huge spike in health insurance premiums in the individual market due to the Affordable Health Care Act hasn't materialized for employer group plans, the major player...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-11-02/group-plan-increases-smaller-than-in
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HIT will ravage small businesses

...will ravage small businesses, called the HIT (Health Insurance Tax). Studies show that this tax will make health insurance premiums rice by $5,000 per employee over a decade, while eliminating the tax could decrease the average family premium...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2013-10-06/letters-to-the-editor
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Ready or not, health care changes coming

...trillion over 10 years, Weinstein said. Those include a "Cadillac tax" on certain high-value plans, a tax on health insurance premiums, an excise tax on medical devices, the insurance mandate penalties and even a tax on tanning beds. Medicaid...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2013-08-31/ready-or-not-health-care-changes-com
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City, unions reach deal on health insurance

...Workers Wednesday night.Health insurance premiums are increasing 40 percent...municipalities are paying for health insurance premiums.Both unions met with City...lower percentage of their health insurance premiums in exchange for capping...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2011-06-24/city-unions-reach-deal-health-insura
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Statewide health care costs are biting harder

Morris News Service - AlaskaThe estimates were developed for the Alaska Health Care Commission by the University of Alaska's Institute of Social and Economic Research. Businesses and families are getting hit: At $11,926 per employee, Alaska has the highest average annual cost for employee health benefits in the nation, twice what employers in some other states pay. Between 2003 and 2010 the share of health benefits paid by employees increased from 17 percent to 22 percent for family coverage.

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2012-02-16/statewide-health-care-costs-are-biti
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Officials grapple with new federal health care rules

...example is a federal requirement that premiums for the high-risk coverage be capped at the state average for all health insurance premiums compared. ACHIA has a cap of 150 percent of the state average, although this year the premium charged under...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/062810/new_611968455.shtml
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Many reasons to vote no on Senate bill

...produce accurate and verifiable information while adhering to harsh deadlines to pass a bill before Christmas. Health insurance premiums would rise under the bill, according to the CBO, which said that premiums for individuals without employer-sponsored...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/122909/ope_540683431.shtml
Soldotna city workers' new contract now up to council

...contract year, beginning with this year. Also included in the new pact, future increases in the employee health insurance premiums will be split 50-50 by the city and the employee, according to City Manager Tom Boedeker. The change applies...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/082107/news_3526.shtml
Georgia chicken company keeps insurance costs down by pushing workers toward healthier habits

...Ga., is planning to offer health screenings and educational programs by the end of the year because its health insurance premiums have jumped by 36 percent because of chronic disease. ''You can't make anybody take their medicine, but...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/091604/bus_916bus003.shtml
Foraker, Alaska chamber partner to provide insurance to small businesses

...borough of Juneau has had such a program for 17 years, and as a result, its employees pay some of the lowest health insurance premiums in the state, he said. Stevens said employees of firms enrolled in the program will be able to do confidential...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/031810/bus_592493243.shtml
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