OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DEC. 15
Alaska is one of eight states where 100 percent of healthcare plans offered in the Obamacare exchange provide for federally subsidized abortions.
Alaskans who wish to buy health insurance on the private health insurance market must sign up by Dec. 15.
26 states do not allow elective abortion coverage in any plans offered on their state exchanges.
Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska (5): All plans cover elective abortion in 2020.
Moda (4): All plans cover elective abortion. Reentered the Alaska market for the 2020 sales year after being out for three years.
Abortion critics say paying for abortions with the use of federal health insurance subsidies is a violation of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits using taxpayer dollars for elective abortion.
The average subsidy for Alaskans on the Affordable Care Act plans was $718 in 2018.
Enrollment in Alaska’s health insurance exchange peaked in 2016, when 23,029 people enrolled in private plans. Since then, the number of enrollees has dropped sharply:
- 19,145 people enrolled for 2017, a 17 percent drop from 2016. Most states only saw a 5 percent drop that year. Alaska’s percentage drop-off in enrollments was one of the biggest in the country. But prices on the Alaska healthcare exchange are some of the highest in the country, and the individual mandate (law that you must buy it) has not been enforced since President Trump took office in 2017.
- 18,313 people enrolled for 2018
- 17,805 people enrolled for 2019
- The drop in enrollments from its peak in 2016, when Obamacare was still in a “forced buy” category, to 2019 is nearly 23 percent.