Alaska’s online health insurance marketplace can help the uninsured, underinsured, or even those with medical coverage who want to shop around.
But the Affordable Care Act will not change the insurance you currently have.
Enrollingalaska.com goes live today. If you enroll by December 14, the federal insurance will start January 1, 2014.
Assistance will be available in several places in Juneau to help individuals, families, and small businesses sign up for federal health insurance.
Starting October 7, a navigator will be located at the NAMI office at 9000 Glacier Hwy, Suite 201. Appointments can be made by calling 463-4251.
NAMI stands for National Alliance on Mental Illness. The organization also will hold a community forum on the new Alaska Healthcare Exchange next month.
Next week, Enroll Alaska agents will be at Bartlett Regional Hospital and Walmart to help people understand the options, the cost and help them enroll.
Southeast Alaska Natives will continue to receive medical benefits through Indian Health Care, but the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, or SEARHC, has two people on staff to answer questions on ACA.
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will help Alaskans navigate health care sites, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alaska Division of Insurance can help.
24-hour hotline corresponding to the healthcare.gov website is 1-800-318-2596.
United Way of Anchorage is making information available via the 211 Alaska information referral line.
- Alaska’s oldest Native organizations are trying to attract younger members. That and other issues are on the table at the ANB-ANS Grand Camp Convention Oct. 5-8.
- As the air gets colder and the days shorter, the Skagway tourism season is coming to a close. Overall, tourism staff says this summer was a success. The last cruise ship of the season has come and gone and shop owners around Skagway are preparing for winter, cleaning up and closing their doors. The streets that were recently busy with visitors are quieting down.
- These are the days when a president turns to thoughts of legacy. As the months tick down on this Administration, President Obama has created a marine national monument off new England and last month vastly expanded one near Hawaii. Alaska interest groups are working to get his attention, too. Some want him to take bold action in the 49th State before he leaves office, and others are urging him to resist those calls.
- Homer Electric Association held an informational meeting on September 28 to answer questions about the upcoming vote on deregulation. The meeting, which was held at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center, attracted more than 100 people. The overwhelming majority were HEA customers who expressed concerns about the consequences of deregulation.