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Covered or not? A look into Alaska’s upcoming Medicaid redetermination

| Nov 16, 2021 | Alaska

The reassessment window for recipients under Alaska’s Medicaid program is coming up once the extended federal public health emergency (PHE) concludes. Following the end of the PHE, which could come as early as Jan. 16 if it isn’t extended again, state Medicaid agencies will have 12 months to reassess enrollees’...[ Read More ]

Over the hump? Florida nursing homes seeing higher vaccination numbers and lower case counts

| Nov 11, 2021 | Florida

The pandemic has killed more than 186,000 nursing home residents and staff, according to a nursing home dashboard from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).      For Florida’s nursing homes, however, the situation appears to be heading in a positive direction.  According to an AARP press release on...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Joshua Arvidson on youth mental health in Alaska

| Nov 11, 2021 | Alaska

Joshua Arvidson serves as the chief clinical officer of children’s services at the Alaska Child Trauma Center within Alaska Behavioral Health. He’s also on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.  In this Q&A, Arvidson briefed State of Reform on the various aspects of life...[ Read More ]

HUD grant funding brings housing assistance to Alaska’s tribal communities

| Nov 10, 2021 | Alaska

On Wednesday, Adrianne Todman, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), announced over $73.9 million in grant money heading to 68 tribal communities across 12 states.      Thirty-four of those prioritized communities are in the state of Alaska. Just over $32 million of the...[ Read More ]

Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine found 90.7% effective in AAP study for 5 to 11 age bracket

| Nov 5, 2021 | Alaska

Recent Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) data shows children at or under the age of 10 make up the fourth lowest age bracket by total COVID cases in the state, as of Nov. 5. Despite this ranking, the 10 and under age bracket has 15,050 total cases...[ Read More ]

H.R. 5221 passes House with help of Alaska Congressman

| Nov 5, 2021 | Alaska

H.R. 5221, known as the Urban Indian Health Confer Act, passed in the US House on Nov. 2 by a vote of 406 to 17 and has been referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs following two readings in the Senate.      The bill, co-sponsored by Alaska Congressman Don...[ Read More ]

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