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Alaska
Coverage1
Employer 54.5%
Individual 3.1%
Uninsured 13.6%
Public 28.8%

Alaska At-a-Glance

COVERAGE2
Average Annual Employer-Sponsored Insurance Premium (2017) $7,964
Employee Contributions to Premiums, Single Coverage (2017) 19.0%
Employees Enrolled in High Deductible Health Plans (2017) 43.2%
ACCESS TO CARE3
Had Usual Source of Medical Care Other than Emergency Department in Past Year (2016) 82.5%
No Trouble Finding Doctor in Past Year (2016) 96.0%
Told that Provider Does Accept Insurance Type in Past Year (2016) 98.0%
AFFORDABILITY3
Adults Who Forgo Needed Medical Care (2017) 12.4%
People with High Medical Care Cost Burden (2017) 13.9%
Made Changes to Medical Drugs Because of Cost in Past Year (2016) 27.4%
HEALTH CARE UTILIZATION3
Had General Doctor or Provider Visit in Past Year (2016) 63.6%
Had Visit to Emergency Department in Past Year (2016) 21.6%
Spent the Night in Hospital in Past Year (2016) N/A
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New SHADAC Article for INQUIRY Estimates the Cost of National and State-Level Reinsurance Programs for Stabilizing the Individual Health Insurance Markets

In hopes of stabilizing individual insurance markets, the idea of reinsurance—a product designed to protect health insurers against the financial risk of covering high-cost enrollees—has attracted bipartisan interest from state and national policymakers. Alaska, Minnesota, and Oregon have already... Read More

SHADAC in INQUIRY: Estimating National and State-Level Costs of a Reinsurance Program to Stabilize the Individual Health Insurance Market

Reinsurance, an insurance product designed to protect health insurers against the financial risk of covering high-cost enrollees, has attracted bipartisan policy interest as a mechanism to stabilize individual health insurance markets. Three states—Alaska, Minnesota, and Oregon—have implemented state-based reinsurance... Read More

Leveraging 1332 State Innovation Waivers to Stabilize Individual Health Insurance Markets: Experiences of Alaska, Minnesota, and Oregon

A new SHADAC analysis, prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examines the use of 1332 State Innovations Waivers to stabilize individual health insurance markets. SHADAC researchers compared the use of this strategy in Alaska, Minnesota, and Oregon, assessing how these states navigated the 1332 waiver... Read More

Leveraging 1332 State Innovation Waivers to Stabilize Individual Health Insurance Markets: Experiences of Alaska, Minnesota, and Oregon (Final Report)

In 2017, Alaska, Minnesota, and Oregon became the first three states to receive federal approval to establish state reinsurance programs with federal funding via section 1332 State Innovation Waivers, which authorize states to waive key requirements under the law in order to experiment with dif­ferent policies in the... Read More

Leveraging 1332 State Innovation Waivers to Stabilize Individual Health Insurance Markets: Experiences of Alaska, Minnesota, & Oregon

Presentation by SHADAC Senior Research Fellow Emily Zylla at the 2018 Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Fall Research Meeting in Washington, DC. Download a PDF of the presentation slides.

Alaska: Affordable Care Act (ACA) Impacts on Insurance Coverage by Congressional District

Click on an Alaska Congressional District to see changes in the uninsured between 2013 and 2015. These data show the impact of the ACA, which was implemented in 2014, on the uninsured.  Estimates are provided for several demographic breakdowns, including race; ethnicity; nativity and U.S. citizenship;... Read More

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    1. SHADAC analysis of the American Community Survey (ACS) Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files. The sum of percentages may not be 100%, due to rounding.  
    2. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey - Insurance Component (MEPS-IC), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT).
    3. SHADAC analysis of National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The NHIS sample is drawn from the Integrated Health Interview Survey (IHIS, MN Population Center and SHADAC). Data were analyzed at the University of Minnesota's Census Research Data Center.