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Alaska House, Senate pass series of health-related bills

| May 13, 2022 | Alaska

With the 2022 legislative session scheduled to end next week, the Alaska House and Senate recently passed several bills related to health care.   The House passed legislation that would address dementia awareness, patient access to vaccines, people experiencing a mental health crisis, and access to telehealth services. The Senate...[ Read More ]

Bill would allow elderly Alaskans to receive home-based care through foster program

| May 4, 2022 | Alaska

Members of Alaska’s House Health & Social Services Committee discussed an amended bill that would establish a foster care system for elderly Alaskans and adults with disabilities Tuesday.      Committee members discussed the amended Senate Bill 98 at the request of Gov. Mike Dunleavy. SB 98 would give Alaskans...[ Read More ]

Lawmakers approve changes to Alaska bill that would help seniors acquire in-home health care

| Apr 29, 2022 | Alaska

Alaska lawmakers approved changes to an in-progress bill that aims to help seniors and people with disabilities acquire in-home health care services Thursday.      The Senate Health & Social Services Committee reviewed Senate Bill 183, which would allow the Department of Health & Human Services (DHSS) to provide home...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Workforce shortage, Overdose deaths, Inflation & Medicare

| Apr 21, 2022 | Alaska

As State of Reform continues to expand and grow, we're excited to announce that we've hired a new full time reporter to cover the intersection of health care and health policy in Alaska. Shane Ersland comes to State of Reform with over 10 years of journalism experience, having most recently...[ Read More ]

Reps. Fields, Prax discuss DHSS split, other Alaska health care initiatives

| Apr 18, 2022 | Alaska

Members of the Alaska House of Representatives have been working on several health care initiatives during the 2022 legislative session. In this conversation, Rep. Mike Prax (R-North Pole) and Rep. Zack Fields (D-Anchorage) discuss their health policy priorities with State of Reform.     Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued an executive...[ Read More ]

Bill would create statewide dementia awareness program in Alaska

| Apr 13, 2022 | Alaska

Members of Alaska’s Senate Health and Social Services Committee discussed a bill that aims to increase dementia awareness Tuesday.     Sen. Mia Costello (R-Anchorage) is the lead sponsor on Senate Bill 216, which would create a statewide dementia awareness program in the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services...[ Read More ]