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“For me to have to ask for something that I feel he’s already earned – it’s kind of humiliating in a way,” said Brandy Johnson, widow of slain State Trooper Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson.
Bronze plans provide the least generous coverage of the four tiers on insurance marketplaces, paying 60 percent of benefits, on average, compared with 70 percent for the more popular silver plans.
That was the message delivered to lawmakers Thursday, as they consider a bill to use the state’s high-risk insurance pool to help stabilize the market.
The families are looking for a permanent solution that will cover them and other survivors in the future.
Some fast-food franchisees are rethinking putting workers on part-time status to avoid having to provide them with health insurance. The business hassles are exceeding the savings.
A Moda spokesperson declined an interview request but wrote in an email the company hopes to salvage its small and large group business in Alaska.
Alaska’s director of insurance estimates the company has about 10,000 individual members in Alaska and another 7,000 members on the small-group market.
Millions are still uninsured, even as the Jan. 31 deadline to sign up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act approaches. No deadline extensions this year, federal health officials warn.
Buried in state medical codes is a rule that essentially allows specialists to name a price that insurers are required to pay. “There’s nothing holding them back,” says consultant Jeff Ranf.