Wednesday is Enroll Alaska’s first day in Juneau.
Agent Mike Clark will be at Bartlett Regional Hospital Wednesday and Thursday from 12 to 5 pm. Enroll Alaska hopes to expand hours next week.
Chief operating officer Tyann Boling says people can get help signing up for health insurance by scheduling an appointment through Enroll Alaska’s main office (907-770-5100) or stopping by the hospital. The Enroll Alaska office will be located off the hospital’s lobby in room C.
Despite finally starting up in Juneau, Boling says the healthcare.gov website is still not working well.
“If an individual has a very simple case, you know, let’s say it’s one single person, they just want to get themself enrolled, it’s a simple enrollment. If it’s a family, if it’s one individual who’s got VA and the other does not, any complicated issue – which that should not be complicated at all – the system has a really hard time with,” Boling explains. “So, we’re still dealing with a lot of system issues.”
The health insurance broker said last week it planned to have two agents in Juneau – one at Bartlett and one at Walmart – but Boling says there are not enough agents at the moment.
- A whale-watching tour saw more than just whales Wednesday, after helping save a deer from drowning in the ocean.
- Equatorial Pacific Ocean finally shows signs of cooling, but the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea are still extremely warm. Latest research indicates both phenomenon helped with each other's formation between 2013 and 2015.
- The updated geochemical atlas was an outgrowth of another project. Geologists and surveyors were on a mission to find rare earth elements and minerals that could be strategically important to the country.
- During a brief layover Wednesday in Ketchikan on her way to Sitka, Alaska’s Sen. Lisa Murkowski talked about the state’s Republican primary campaign, and about the presidential election.