Call for Action
The Senate Finance Committee removed the 2.5% cost of living increase from the
budget. The increase is in the House version of the budget. It is now before
the conference committee to negotiate the areas in the budget that are in
dispute. It is imperative that you contact your legislators and let them know
your position. Send emails and make calls so that your voice can be heard.
Encourage your legislators to honor their contract commitments.
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Legislature Moving 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”
What can we do?
Pass the word to others and contact those who can keep this amendment from being
adopted; the Senate Finance Committee members and your respective elected
Senators and Representatives.
- 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
- Talking Points - A Deal is a Deal
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 Now 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.