In this issue:
  • Online with Ivy live session this Saturday at 10:00am on Facebook
  • Know your rights: health care price transparency is the law
  • Check the status of your federal stimulus
Online with Ivy this Saturday at 10:00am
Join me Saturday, January 16th at 10:00am on my official legislative Facebook page for a live update. This month I'll be covering the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the upcoming legislative session, the State of Alaska's fiscal situation, resources available for Alaskans and I will answer questions you may have.

You can RSVP to the event or share it on Facebook.

Hot tip: if you like my Facebook page you will receive a notification anytime I go live or plan to go live. Never miss a meeting again!
Know your rights at the doctor's office
With health care price transparency in full-effect, you now have the legal right to know how much your health care costs in Alaska. Here's what you need to know:

  • Providers are now required to publish price lists for their 60 most commonly performed procedures online and in-person in their facilities. You should expect to see these lists on your next visit to the doctor.

  • If the price for a service or procedure you are looking for isn't on the list, you have the right to ask your health care provider or insurer for a good faith estimate of the costs of your care. The estimate and it must be provided to you within 10 days of your request or by the date of service--whichever is sooner.

  • If your provider doesn't provide you with price information or refuses to give you a good faith estimate timely, you can file a complaint with the Department of Health and Social Services by sending an email to DHSSpricereporting@alaska.gov.

Providers that do not comply with new price transparency regulations may be investigated and/or charged with a $10,000 fine.
Check the status of your federal stimulus check
In late December Congress passed an additional stimulus bill which provides a $600 stimulus payment to eligible Americans earning less than $75,000 a year. Distribution for payments began earlier this week, and are expected to be finished by January 15th.

You can track your stimulus payment using the Get My Payment online tool.

If you have moved since your last tax return was filed, you need to notify the IRS using an 8822 Change of Address Form.

If you believe your payment was lost, stolen, destroyed, or not received, click this link for further instructions.
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