Al Gross, an orthopedic surgeon from Petersburg, announced Tuesday that he’s running as an independent against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan.
Regular open enrollment closed Dec. 15, but when FEMA issued an emergency declaration in response to the Nov. 30 quake, it triggered something called an exceptional circumstances special enrollment period
Democrats wanted to nullify a rule that extends what Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called “junk insurance” plans. They needed two Republicans, but only got one.
“There was a great deal of confusion amongst consumers,” said Alaska Division of Insurance Director Lori Wing-Heier. “So to come out of it with that capture? We’re thrilled.”
“We’re really extremely concerned and disappointed if that is the way that that will move forward,” said Sue Brogran, head of the navigator program at United Way of Anchorage.
The bipartisan agreement could help stabilize insurance premiums next year so that younger, healthier people will buy policies. President Trump has embraced it, but other GOP leaders have not.
President Trump signed an executive order Thursday that aims to allow more insurance options. The plan is intended to lower costs, but critics warn it could hurt those who need insurance most.
Conservatives have long advocated for using association health plans to boost competition. But the result could be that healthy people pay less and sicker people are priced out of coverage.
Republicans conceded that their latest Obamacare repeal-and-replace push does not have the votes. It’s yet another embarrassment for GOP leadership and President Trump.
Proponents of repealing the Affordable Care Act revealed yet another new bill Monday, with changes that appear designed to win the vote of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, one of three Republicans who killed the last repeal bill.