Premera: Many Alaskans stay with existing policies

JUNEAU — A spokeswoman for the largest health insurance company in Alaska says more than 80 percent of individual health care policy holders whose plans do not meet requirements of the federal health care law opted to stick with their plan through 2014.

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield sent cancellation notices last year to about 5,360 policy holders in Alaska because their plans didn’t meet requirements of the law. However, President Barack Obama laid out a plan in November that gave insurers the option to continue offering into 2014 plans that would otherwise be canceled, provided state insurance commissioners signed off.

Premera spokeswoman Melanie Coon says about 90 percent of people with plans that were grandfathered in under the law stayed on those plans instead of opting for a new plan.

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:24

Ketchikan theater named for Elizabeth Peratrovich

KETCHIKAN — Elizabeth Peratrovich’s name now stands over the theater in the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, placed there by the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood and revealed in an emotional ceremony on Thursday.

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:10

Waste not: Ferries’ flushing bill wins Senate support, 16-2

The Alaska Senate voted 16-2 Friday to cut a break in the state’s environmental regulations for small cruise ships and the Alaska Marine Highway.

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Kenai Peninsula pot businesses may add $5M boost to economy

KENAI — With several marijuana businesses up and running on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, industry estimates show the businesses could contribute $5.3 million annually to the local economy.

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