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Vaccine providers prepare for March COVID-19 shipments; further eligibility clarifications announced to include more Alaskans

| Feb 25, 2021 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced Wednesday that Alaska will receive 60,760 first doses of state-allocated COVID-19 vaccine for the month of March. Additionally, 32,720 first doses have been allocated to the federal Indian Health Service (IHS). IHS vaccine is managed by Alaska’s Tribal Health System....[ Read More ]

Medicaid redesign update: telehealth and quality/cost targets workgroups submit reports

| Sep 6, 2017 | Alaska

Recently the Department of Health and Social Services received final reports from two stakeholder workgroups authorized through Senate Bill 74 (SB74), which passed the Legislature in 2016 to redesign the Medicaid program.  The first of these reports focuses on recommendations to reduce barriers to the expansion of telehealth strategies. The...[ Read More ]

The economic costs of ACEs in Alaska

| Feb 10, 2016 | Alaska

The Alaska Mental Health Board and the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse have explored these questions and found that childhood trauma has profound costs. A national study demonstrates that costs of childhood trauma begin immediately ($48,000 during childhood for every substantiated report of harm), and those costs continue...[ Read More ]

AK: Skagway, Angoon, Hoonah lead Alaska health outcomes

| Mar 25, 2015 | Alaska

Press Release Skagway, Angoon and Hoonah have the best Alaska health outcomes Annual rankings show where Alaska regions do well and suggest opportunities for improvement ANCHORAGE — Skagway, Angoon and Hoonah are ranked as having the most favorable health outcomes for length and quality of life across Alaska, according to...[ Read More ]

AK: State agency reports widespread health impacts of childhood trauma

| Feb 26, 2015 | Alaska

Report details medical research, rates in Alaska, and strategies to prevent and reduce harm. JUNEAU — Childhood trauma can cause serious health problems that last into adulthood and even future generations, reports the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (ABADA) and the Alaska Mental Health Board (AMHB) today. The...[ Read More ]

Governor Walker Announces Medicaid Expansion and Reform Plan

| Feb 6, 2015 | Alaska

ANCHORAGE — Governor Bill Walker was joined today by Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Valerie Davidson at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center to present the plan for Medicaid expansion and reform, “The Healthy Alaska Plan: A Catalyst for Reform.” Medicaid expansion and reform are top priorities for the...[ Read More ]