Shared Services

Offered by the Alaska Municipal League

Our goal is to help strengthen local governments who may not otherwise have access to or capacity for these services independently.  Let us work with you to take the pressure off of your budgets and bring peace of mind to your staff and municipal officials.

Alaska Municipal Health Trust

In order to meet the needs of AML members and plan beneficiaries, AML has developed the Alaska Municipal Health Trust (AMHT). The Trust was founded in 2020 to ensure that members have a seat at the table in determining how local governments in Alaska can benefit best from this opportunity. The Trust’s structure provides for the necessary governance and fiduciary responsibilities, to be taken up by and delivered by members. As part of this process, in signing up to join the plan, local governments also enter into a co-sponsorship agreement with the Trust, thereby becoming members of the Trust. From that membership, Trustees may be elected. These Trustees – you, if you choose to participate – will determine the future of the plan, and ways in which we can work together to address costs and benefits.

This arrangement doesn’t come with additional or onerous obligations as a co-sponsor – it simply means you are fully apprised of changes, improvements, etc., and that you get to contribute input along the way. It’s an innovative arrangement that recognizes local control by working together to meet the needs of public entities of the State.

Eligibility

  • Be an AML member in good standing
  • Be an employee of or an elected official of a member Municipality
  • Employ more than two 2+ eligible employees
  • Groups of 2-4 enrolled employees: 100% of eligible employees and dependents must participate.
  • Groups 5+: minimum of 75% participation of eligible employees and 25% of dependents must participate.

Benefits

  • All plans are fully ACA compliant (expanded preventive care, children covered up to age 26, no exclusions based on pre-existing conditions or waiting period for pre-ex, etc.)
  • Four (4) traditional medical plans and two (2) high deductible health (HDHP) plans that may be paired with a health savings account (HSA)
  • Can offer one traditional plan and one HDHP
  • Alaska medical transportation benefits
  • Comprehensive prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage is included in all medical plans
  • Two (2) dental plans options available to all groups
  • Access to Premera’s robust virtual care options for general medical, mental health, and substance abuse/chemical dependency on demand via phone, online video, or mobile app., cost shares waived on some plans
  • Nationwide network of providers
  • Medicare is the secondary payer on all AMHP plans for individuals enrolled in Medicare
  • No requirement to designate a Primary Care Provider
  • Deductible waived for labs & imaging on some plans
  • COBRA management (all employers are COBRA eligible)
  • Potential for surplus funds to stabilize plan costs in future years
  • ID Theft Monitoring Services included for all enrolled members

AML has partnered with RISQ consulting and Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska to create more access to affordable health coverage for AML members.

ABOUT PREMERA BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF ALASKA

As the largest health plan in the Pacific Northwest, Premera Blue Shield Blue Cross of Alaska provides comprehensive, tailored services to customers in Washington and Alaska that include innovative programs focused on wellness and prevention, disease management, and patient safety. Premera delivers these programs through health, life, vision, dental, stoploss, disability, workforce wellness, and other related products and services.

ABOUT RISQ CONSULTING

RISQ Consulting is the General Agent whose main function is the ongoing strategic consultation with the Alaska Municipal League and the Alaska Municipalities Health Plan. RISQ Consulting is an independent firm and provides a wide variety of supportive services, including plan installations, providing quotes, technology implementation, and answering general inquiries and questions.

LOCAL BROKERS

Local brokers advise on the best insurance for their clients’ needs. There are a number of Alaska brokers to navigate the AMHP. Your local broker will identify a plan that fits your organization and employees’ needs.

For more information, please contact Dawn Wesley at (907)790-5304 or dawn@akml.org.

Alaska Municipal Health Trust Contact Form

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