Hurry for Health Care


February 03, 2014

This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini – Hurry and find a health care plan that works for you. I’ll tell you how after this…

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Time is running out to sign up for the Affordable Care Act which lets people sign up for health care coverage that fits their budgets and preferences. Individuals and families can choose from many options through a Marketplace regardless of pre-existing conditions or non coverage.  The dead-line to sign up is March 31st. The new plan provides tax credits for some individuals to help pay for it. Fishermen, who are usually listed as self employed or independent contractors, have long fallen through the health care cracks due to the high costs and high risks associated with their profession.

United Fishermen of Alaska has provided a one stop sheet to answer questions and help people sign up.

“I think there are opportunities for applying for coverage and depending on someone’s finances and situation, there may well be tax credits.”


Mark Vinsel is UFA’s executive administrator. He says fishing organizations and support businesses also are likely eligible for tax credits under the Affordable Care Act.

 “I think some of our own UFA member groups are likely to be eligible for tax credits even as non profits, as well as other small business in the fishing industry, like boat repair, marine services, many small businesses in our industry.”

To get started, go to . Find more information about the Affordable Care Act at United Fishermen of Alaska and at

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