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Janie Dusel

I own a small engineering consulting firm in Anchorage, and the costs for me to offer health insurance to my employees has been growing substantially. I’m very concerned about the current costs as well as potential future costs if the upward trend continues. Janie Dusel, PE AWR Engineering, LLC

Kirsten Stanley

We are a sole proprietor business with no employees. This year my husband qualifies for Medicare, leaving us only needing health insurance for me. For a catastrophic plan with a high deductible, it is over $800 a month. In a year, that is $9,600 for the premiums. Then you have the $5,000 deductible for a […]

Anna Nelson

The Interior AIDS Association is a small non-profit agency providing HIV case management, prevention, and drug treatment services in Fairbanks. I have nine employees eligible for health insurance and it costs the agency about $80,000 for this employee-only “benefit.” We can manage this, however, the cost for additional family members is so high that employees […]

Kyle Mirka

I own two Alaska businesses, which employ nearly 60 employees total. At the end of 2016, I was faced with a decision on whether or not to continue my employer-sponsored healthcare plan because premiums had gone up nearly 40 percent. Discontinuing the plan and simply paying the ACA fine would have been substantially cheaper, but […]

Marten Martensen

  I came into this business in 1999, and at that time, there was no cost to employees for health insurance, including a zero deductible and the standard 80/20 insurance co-pay. It cost us, as a business, about $400,000 per year. Today, 17 years later, we are paying $1.6 million for health insurance for our […]

Kris Ossenkop

It’s to the point where you question whether you can have a health plan at all. In 1983, when we bought this business, there was no deductible, no co-pay and 100 percent paid by us. It provided cost effective incentives, which tied employees to us and we felt worthwhile offering the program. It was a […]