The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services yesterday released cost estimates for the Health Insurance Marketplace premiums for 2014, and the figures are dividing Alaska’s congressional delegates.
Democratic Senator Mark Begich…
Sen. Begich(D-AK): “Good news, for example, if you’re 27 years old in Alaska making $25,000, your healthcare program would cost you $48 a month. If you’re a family of four, making $50,000 or less, in that one which is even more impressive, $50,000 and under, family of four, your healthcare program which would include: patient service, outpatient hospital service, hospitalization, maternity leave – which I couldn’t even get because it was too expensive, mental health services, prescription drugs, pediatric services, preventive care, for nothing. Zero.”
But Congressman Don Young said the figures showed it would cost over $1,000 a month for a family of four who don’t qualify for government subsidies. He said that “according to a Medicare actuary, the ACA will increase health spending by approximately $620 billion above what Americans would otherwise be spending,” hitting Alaskans with some of the highest premiums in the country.
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski added…
Sen. Murkowski: “A state employee will be hit with a Cadillac tax costing between $2,328 and $5,894 those are state employees. I was down in Homer in August and what the Mayor wanted to talk about was not about their projects with the harbor he wanted to talk about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on their municipal employees”.
To find what the ACA will cost you, view the online estimates here.