Online tool breaks down real cost of medical care for consumers

Posted on 02/26/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Health care costs in Alaska are now transparent through this online tool. Kaiser Health News reported on February 26 that a new online tool “shows the average local cost for 70 common diagnoses and medical tests in most states.” The tool shows the “real cost — not ‘charges’ that often get marked down — based on a giant database of what insurance companies actually pay.” According to the article “Guroo should shed new light on the country’s opaque, complex and …

Advocacy Update from AARP Alaska (2/25/2015)

Posted on 02/25/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy Here are the bills AARP Alaska is watching (Updated February 25, 2015) House Bill 5 Conservator of Protected Persons Sponsor(s) REPRESENTATIVES HAWKER, Hughes. The bill would expand the pool of persons eligible to be appointed by the court to serve as a “conservator” of an incapacitated person’s finances to include persons related by marriage or adoption (currently just blood relations are eligible). AARP supports this bill. Current status updated 2/25: This bill passed in the House on 2/25. It now …

Support Medicaid Expansion in Alaska

Posted on 02/25/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing The Anchorage Caucus will be at the Loussac Library in midtown on Saturday, Feb 28 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm listening to public testimony about issues that are important to their constituents. Please invite your friends and family to come and testify in support of Medicaid Expansion in Alaska!Visit: http://getcoveredalaska.org/event/come-support-medicaid-expansion-in-alaska/ Questions? Email: oe@alaskapca.org or call 907-929-8109

AARP Alaska Advocacy Update

Posted on 02/23/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy | Contact Us Here are the bills AARP Alaska is watching (Updated February 23, 2015) House Bill 5 Conservator of Protected PersonsSponsor(s) Rep. HAWKER, Hughes. The bill would expand the pool of persons eligible to be appointed by the court to serve as a “conservator” of an incapacitated person’s finances to include persons related by marriage or adoption (currently just blood relations are eligible). AARP supports this bill. Current status: This bill has already passed through committee and is waiting to be brought …

Posted on 02/19/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Uncategorized FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2015 CONTACT: Jim Dau: 202-434-2560, jdau@aarp.org DRIVE TO END HUNGER LAUNCHES 2015 SEASON IN DAYTONA WITH FOCUS ON ADDRESSING ROOT CAUSES OF HUNGER AARP Foundation President: “This is a big season for some big reasons.”   DAYTONA BEACH, FL — AARP and AARP Foundation are launching the fifth season of Drive to End Hunger in NASCAR, using the groundwork of the program’s previous success to build a track towards solving the threat of hunger for …

Enrollment numbers unveiled for Alaska at press conference

Posted on 02/18/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Press Almost 21,000 Alaskans enroll in the health insurance marketplace Participation is 162% of last year’s total ANCHORAGE, AK — Susan Johnson, Regional Director for the US Department of Health and Social Services, announced today that enrollments under the health insurance marketplace in Alaska totaled 20,897 during the most recent enrollment period, which ended on February 15. These numbers are 162% of the totals from 2014, when 12,890 Alaskans enrolled through the marketplace. “Alaska enrollment numbers are incredibly strong,” said Johnson. …