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 I wanted to be able to provide my employees with the benefit, so I decided to continue providing the plan to my employees. Sadly, their portions of those premiums went up 40 percent because I could not shoulder the full burden.
If a similar price increase occurs at the end of this year, the choice will be very clear: I will no longer be able to afford to have an employer-sponsored plan. Health care costs in Alaska are out of control!
Kyle D. Mirka
Allen & Petersen
Automated Laundry Systems & Supply