Alaska open enrollment period for individual health insurance opens

The open enrollment period for the individual health insurance market opened today.

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A news release from the director of the division of insurance, Lori Wing-Heier says Alaska’s open enrollment period will run until December 15th — shortened from three months to just six weeks this year.

In the release, Wing-Heier states Alaska’s individual health insurance market started to stabilize in 2017 and she encourages Alaskans who may have found plans too expensive last year to take a look at this year’s plans. She says that Alaska’s reinsurance program has helped lower rates by 20%.

There are five plans to choose from for 2018 and many Alaskans qualify for federal tax credits to help offset cost.

Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at ltownsend@alaskapublic.org or call 907-350-2058.

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