Fellow SU members:
On November 18th you were emailed a request to complete a survey. Please
take a moment and fill it out and return it. The survey will remain open
until November 30th but your responses are really needed prior to then if
possible. Go to your email to receive the survey link. If you cannot
find your email, please email John White.
Alaska Legislature Finally Passes a Budget
The deal, some eight weeks in the making, represents an agreement between the
state House and Senate on a $5 billion spending plan for next year. It preserves
scheduled pay raises for public employees -- a sticking point between the two
chambers -- even as it slashes state agency spending by $400 million to help
close a multibillion-dollar budget deficit.
Budget Passed - Alaska Dispatch June 11, 2015
A Contract's a Contract
Alaska used to be known as the stronghold for values
that many now find passé. Your word is your bond, your handshake. Kelly and
others can certainly grasp this very Alaskan concept. When you sign your name to
a contract, it's a done deal, and you don't come whining back to the table to
undo it just because you're trying to make political hay.
To read the full commentary by Jef Morgan =>
Response to Sen. Kelly: A
contract's a contract, a deal's a deal
How to Find Your Legislator
If you have questions about your district or legislator, contact your local or
regional Legislative Information Office (LIO) for more information.
See legislators by district.
Legislature Tried to Deny Contract CPI Increases
Finance Committee on April 1st adopted language to deny raises that we
negotiated for the third year of our existing contract. For the first two years
of our existing contract we agreed to take smaller raises than the annual CPI
increases, with the promise from the State that in the third year they would
balance it out for us. That agreement was negotiated in good faith, as has been
the practice for a long time, and that pact has never been broken before. “A
DEAL IS A DEAL”
- List of Senate Finance
- April 2, 2015 APEA Press Release
- Union Denounces Non-funding of Contract
Senate committee wants to kill cost-of-living hikes for state employees
Editorial on the AlaskaCare Health Plan. It discusses
changes to who takes the financial risk of paying health claims, determining how
much to charge for premiums, and who handles the appeals and grievances.
for state to retake control of AlaskaCare
Flu shots are covered, but are considered preventative
service - under the medical plan, not the pharmacy plan. This means if you get
them at your doc’s office, they are a covered service. Getting them at the
pharmacy did not used to be a way to get them covered and paid for on the spot.
Great news! Pharmacies - in limited locations - have a special contract that
allows them to direct bill AETNA and our medical plan.
If you already got a flu shot at Costco or one of the other pharmacies that does
not yet have an agreement with the State and AETNA, you may send the receipt in
for reimbursement to AETNA under your medical plan.
If you have not yet received your flu shot, you may get them at the following
pharmacies in Alaska:
- Walgreens Pharmacy (the only pharmacy which can provide the high dose and
- Target Pharmacy
- Carr’s Pharmacy
The FluMist vaccine (nasal spray) is approved for members age 2 to 49 and is
also considered a preventive service. Anyone outside of that age group would be
considered experimental and not covered.
Gym and Fitness Discounts Available for State of
Thinking about joining a gym? Now is the
perfect time to sign up. Fitness providers around the state are now offering
discounted prices on a variety of services to State of Alaska employees.
View a complete listing of
participating gym and fitness opportunities.
AlaskaCare provides a variety of Employee Health Plan Wellness programs.