Alaska Impacts of Federal Health Care Legislation


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The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (PPACA) was signed into law on March 23, 2010, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA) was signed into law on March 30, 2010. In response to concerns about the constitutionality of the new laws, Governor Parnell directed Attorney General Sullivan to join in a lawsuit with 20 other states to challenge the constitutionality of the provision that requires individuals to purchase health insurance. Alaska will specifically address the direct conflict between the Commerce Clause in the US Constitution and the individual mandate requirement in this legislation.

Governor Parnell also created an interagency team to assess and analyze the impact of the new law on Alaska. The Department of Administration is working with other state agencies to map out implementation plans for the new laws affecting AlaskaCare members. As information about the new laws’ provisions and effective dates becomes available, it will be posted here and in printed communications to members.

There are several provisions with effective dates within the next calendar year. One provision concerns the Health Flexible Spending Account (HFSA), and another concerns dependent coverage up to the age of 26. These provisions will affect AlaskaCare employee and retiree members differently. See the above links for more information on these and other provisions.