Sen. Lisa Murkowski addressed the Alaska Legislature Wednesday morning for the 15th time since taking office in 2002. It’s an annual speech that she and the rest of Alaska’s congressional delegation deliver to update members of the Legislature on work in Washington, D.C.
Beyond laying out her priorities on energy and land management, Murkowski also addressed what she referred to as the “elephant in the room,” referring to the process underway in Congress to begin repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare.”
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A Juneau woman says getting insurance under the Affordable Care Act means she’ll take better care of herself. Prior to January 1st, Bonnie Berg was paying up to $1000 a month for health insurance. Now, she’s paying less than $100.
Bonnie Berg spent most of her professional career working in social services. She always had insurance through her job and when she retired in August 2010, she kept it through COBRA.
“I was paying about a $1000 a month, and about $250 each quarter for my basic meds. So in other words, it was costing me $13,000 a year just for the dead basics,” she explains.
After 18 months on COBRA, Berg switched to a catastrophic plan, which cost $526 each month. She paid close to $900 every quarter for two asthma medications. Her deductible was $5,000.
In the 40 months since retirement, Berg went to the doctor only twice. “I wasn’t willing to pay for any tests on my own. I wasn’t willing to do anything the doctor really wanted me to do, unless I was having an episode,” Berg says. “I probably allowed myself the worse medical care of my life at the time I was paying huge prices.”
A little more than two dozen protesters gathered across from the Alaska State Capitol Thursday to call attention to the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act and to urge state legislators to have a replacement plan in place.
University of Alaska student group “What’s The Plan!?!” and other organizations rallied as part of the Protect Our Care Alaska coalition to send a message to elected leaders in Juneau and Washington, D.C. that “Alaskans want a clear plan for our health care system, not political games.”
“What’s the Plan?!?!” is actually the name of a campaign launched by University of Alaska Anchorage students. Political science major Mark Simon told Alaska Public Media he’s alarmed that Congress is already taking steps toward repeal.
Anchorage, Alaska– Today, University of Alaska students sent a clear message to the Alaskan Congressional Delegation that repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement proposal would be disastrous to Alaskans.
A student group called What’s The Plan? has launched, including Republicans and Democrats, students whose families bought health insurance for the first time through the exchange, students who are on medicaid, part-time students on medicaid, and students who rely on the opportunity to remain on their parents’ health insurance until they are twenty-six.
What’s The Plan? is circulating an online petition via email and facebook asking Senators Murkowski and Sullivan and Congressman Young to refuse to repeal our current healthcare system without a clear plan for replacement.
New figures from the Obama administration show more than 6,500 Alaskans have enrolled in insurance plans on healthcare.gov. The deadline to sign up is March 31st. And that has prompted many Alaskans to bite the bullet and figure out what the Affordable Care Act means for them. For some commercial fishermen and others who are self-employed, what they’ve found has been a pleasant surprise.
Back in 2012, when the Supreme Court upheld most of President Obama’s signature healthcare law, Wendy Alderson hoped the ruling would mean good things for her family.
“I know what I would hope that it would do for us, and I hope that it would basically just bring down the cost of our health insurance,” Alderson said, in an interview with KCAW in June 2012, right after the Supreme Court decision cleared the way for the Affordable Care Act to go into effect.