Alaska will have a new governor

Alaska will have a new governor

Sean Parnell Concedes to Bill Walker

Transition already started, mutual cooperation

Walker to be sworn in on Dec. 1

 

Click Below to listen to The LegHead Report for Mon. Nov 17: Parnell concedes election to Walker (2:28)

Resources:

Walker/Mallot thank Parnell for “gracious” concession that allows for transition.  (Takes you to Walker-Mallott campaign page)

Governor’s note to Alaskans conceding election. (Takes you to Parnell’s Facebook page.)

 

National Guard Report Released

National Guard Report Released

Graph Above: Percentage of Alaska National Guard survey participants who perceive three or more barriers to reporting sexual assaults within the guard.

 

The top officer of the Alaska National Guard was forced out by Governor Sean Parnell following last week’s release of the finding of an investigation of misconduct and sexual assault of Alaska Guard members.

Governor Sean Parnell released the findings Sept. 4, and took the resignation of the adjutant general, Major General Thomas H. Katkus.

 

The LegHead Report for Mon. Sept. 8 Gov. Parnell releases findings of special report.  1 of 5 Parts

The LegHead Report for Tues. Sept. 9 Gov. Special report find most National Guard members see barriers to reporting sexual assaults.  2 of 5 Parts

 

Link to Governor’s Press Release on Alaska National Guard

Link to Video of Press Conference

Link to Special Investigator’s Report

Governor to Host Virtual Town Hall Wed. 16th at 6 pm

Governor to Host Virtual Town Hall Wed. 16th at 6 pm

Got a question you’d like to ask the governor?

Gov. Sean Parnell will host

a Virtual Town Hall Meeting

on Wed. at 6 p.m.

You can send questions to him. You can also watch the Town Hall live on Facebook and the Governor’s website.

Here are the links:

Send your questions now to AskAKGov@alaska.gov, post them on the Governor’s Facebook page, or tweet using #AskAKGov.

You can follow along during the Virtual Town Hall at  #AskAKGov on Twitter or watch live on Parnell’s  Facebook page or gov.alaska.gov/askakgov.

 
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell Fiscal Year 2015 Budget, unveiled last week in Anchorage, proposes cutting $1.3 billion out of general fund spending and eliminates 150 state positions.

In a speech at the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, Parnell prefaced the details of his budget by comparing the process to a family budget.

He also said that the state’s economic situation is getting better.

(Listen to audio report above for details.)

BELOW: Full video of Governor Sean Parnell’s speech to the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce where he unveiled his proposed FY 2015 Budget.

 

Resources:

Governor’s Press Release:

December 12, 2013, Anchorage, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today unveiled his FY 2015 budget, proposing $1.3 billion less in general fund spending than the current year and 150 fewer positions….(Continued)

Video Link

 

 

http://www.leghead.com/2786/

My Obamacare journey Installment 1

Count me among the millions in the country and the thousands in Alaska that don’t have health insurance.

I’m looking forward to really digging in and learning about how the Affordable Care Act works for Alaskans. And I’ll be sharing my journey here on The LegHead Report’s website.

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There are  a number of articles posted on The LegHead Report Facebook page that everyone should find useful.

Here is my Live Chat with the person at the official Obamacare site (healthcare.gov), which wasn’t very useful.

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Live Chat Sept 25 Wed about 4:15 pm AST with Yadira at HealthCare.gov

(HealthCare.gov is the official Obamacare site where you go to learn more and to sign up for the insurance exchange.)

[4:06:03 pm]: Thanks for contacting Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat. Please wait while we connect you to someone who can help.
[4:06:06 pm]: Please be patient while we’re helping other people.
[4:06:15 pm]: Welcome! You’re now connected to Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat.

Thanks for contacting us. My name is Yadira. To protect your privacy, please don’t provide any personal information, like Social Security Number, or any other sensitive medical or personal information.

[4:06:37 pm]: Maggie
Hi. I live in Kodiak, Alaska 99615. How can I get help to register?
[4:06:46 pm]: Yadira
Welcome to the Health Insurance Marketplace, my name is Yadira, how may I help you?
[4:07:28 pm]: Maggie
When I type in my zip code for 99615 the computer says there is 0 help in my area. Got any suggestions?
[4:07:41 pm]: Yadira
Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on October 1, 2013. You can take a number of steps now to prepare for open enrollment. This includes gathering basic information like your household income, making a list of questions you might have before you choose your health plan, and visiting HealthCare.gov to learn about different types of insurance and common terminology.

When enrollment begins, you can find and submit an application online, over the phone, or by mailing it to the Marketplace. In addition to calling us here, you will have access to in-person assistance to help answer your application questions.

The Marketplace will offer a single application that determines your eligibility for multiple health care programs, including private plans, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. You will also be able to find out if you’re eligible for lower costs on your monthly premiums and lower out-of-pocket costs. If the Marketplace determines that you are eligible, you will be able to compare health plans and select the plan that meets the needs of your family and your budget.

[4:08:30 pm]: Maggie
Does this mean you can’t offer any help as to where to go locally for information? Is there someplace in Alaska that I can call for info?
[4:09:49 pm]: Maggie
Hello? Are you still there?
[4:10:26 pm]: Yadira
Thank you for your patience.
[4:11:46 pm]: Yadira
Federal grants are helping states and territories start or strengthen consumer assistance programs that can help you with any health insurance problems. They can help you file complaints or appeals and understand your rights and responsibilities.

Even if your state does not have a consumer assistance program, you still have rights and protections under the health care law, including the right to appeal decisions made by your health insurance provider.

If you are covered by a job-based health plan, you can contact the Employee Benefits Security Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor at askebsa.dol.gov or 1-

[4:12:56 pm]: Maggie
OK. This wasn’t much help. I’ll keep trying.
[4:13:15 pm]: Yadira
You may want assistance during the application and enrollment process, and there will be many resources available to help you. In all states, the Health Insurance Marketplace will offer several kinds of assistance to help you understand your health coverage options and select a plan that meets your needs.

Beginning October 1, 2013, there will be people in your community trained and certified to help you. They will be known by different names, for instance Navigators, application assisters, or certified application counselors, depending on who provides the service and where they are located, but all will provide similar kinds of help. Insurance agents and brokers can also help you with your application and choices.

Also, assistance is available 24/7 by calling us here or through the online chat at HealthCare.gov.

[4:15:12 pm]: Yadira
Do you have any other questions that I can help you with?
[4:15:31 pm]: Yadira
Thank you for contacting Health Insurance Marketplace Live Chat. We are here to help you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
[4:15:38 pm]: Your chat session is over. Thanks for contacting us, and we hope we’ve answered your questions. Have a great day.
[4:15:38 pm]: 9/25/2013