Friday is the deadline to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
Premiums are down this year and that’s in part due to the Alaska Reinsurance Program.
The state-run program helps cover the high price of care associated with certain health conditions and has reduced the average cost of an individual health plan in Alaska by 22 percent.
Nearly 20,000 Alaskans signed up for insurance last year. This year’s enrollment period is six weeks shorter than last year’s. The state’s Division of Insurance estimates fewer than 15,000 Alaskans had enrolled by Dec. 9.
Division director Lori Wing-Heier is hoping for a strong showing in the final week.
Premera Alaska is the only insurance company offering individual plans in the state.
- The Togiak herring fishery opened Sunday morning with a windy start. More than 30 mph gusts posed a challenge for fishermen during the state’s largest sac roe herring fishery.
- Alaska's unemployment rate remained at 7.3 percent for the third straight month in March. Federal labor statistics show that's the highest the unemployment rate has been in the state since early 2012.
- Starting May 1, passengers will need a signed affidavit that the animal they're flying with is trained to behave in public and that the owner accepts liability for its actions.
- A Sitka bear sanctuary is getting ready to unveil its new black bear enclosure when it opens for the tourist season.