ATLANTA - More than a dozen states that opted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have seen enrollments surge way beyond projections, raising concerns that the added costs will strain their budgets when federal aid is scaled back starting in two years.Some lawmakers warn the price of expanding the health care program for poor and lower-income Americans could mean less money available for other state services, including education.
The Medicaid expansion described by Rep. Les Gara in his recent op-ed is a mythical creature that exists only in his dreams. To summarize the Anchorage representative: Medicaid expansion is free and won't cost Alaska a dime.
Whether in response to looming deadlines for a federal mandate, or a push for better integration between off-campus clinics and the main campus, Central Peninsula Hospital is searching for a high-tech upgrade for its electronic medical records.
JUNEAU - The Alaska Division of Insurance has approved rate increases of up to 40 percent for individuals who bought health insurance plans through the federally run online marketplace.
JUNEAU - Officials are expecting a much smoother rollout of the federally run online insurance marketplace than during last year's initial open enrollment.
JUNEAU (AP) - A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says five unaccompanied immigrant children have been sent to Alaska. Kenneth Wolfe said the children were sent to sponsors in Alaska between Jan. 1 and July 7.
JUNEAU - More than 3,300 Alaskans signed up for private health insurance during the first three months of the online marketplace, with the vast majority - 83 percent - receiving federal help in paying their premiums, government figures released Monday show.The number of sign-ups as of Dec. 28 is up sharply from the end of November, when fewer than 400 Alaskans had selected plans. Nationwide, enrollment through Dec. 28 was nearly 2.2 million. That figure includes enrollment through state-run insurance exchanges.
By fits and starts Alaskans are beginning to be enrolled through the new federal health insurance exchange as startup glitches are resolved. "October was not our best month," said Susan Johnson, Region 10 director for the U.S.
The first day of enrolment in Alaska's healthcare exchange led to a system freeze up, which intern left brokers and navigators with little help to offer people and hoping that the web-based insurance marketplace will begin to work, eventually.
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