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What bills are Alaska lawmakers prefiling?

| Jan 10, 2022 | Alaska

Last week, Alaska lawmakers began prefiling bills for the 2022 session. Most of the health care bills deal with COVID-19, including several seeking to limit the state’s ability to enforce or mandate vaccinations.  These include HB 238, which would prohibit businesses, state agencies, municipalities, school districts and the University of...[ Read More ]

Report: Alaska health care jobs projected to increase

| Jan 5, 2022 | Alaska

The 2022 Alaska Economic Trends report was released this month, and includes forecasting for health care jobs statewide.  The report was developed by the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development. In an address, Commissioner Tamika Ledbetter said the economic signs look promising for the months to come, and throughout...[ Read More ]

What could splitting DHSS accomplish?

| Jan 3, 2022 | Alaska

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner Adam Crum last week appeared on the Governor's FirstHand podcast to talk about the proposed splitting of the department. Gov. Mike Dunleavy is expected to issue an executive order on the first day of the 2022 legislative session which will split the...[ Read More ]

Highest infection rates, lower deaths projected for Alaska's omicron wave

| Dec 29, 2021 | Alaska

New projections from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predict that Alaska is on course to experience it’s largest wave of COVID-19 infections so far as the omicron variant moves through the state. However, deaths and hospitalizations are expected to remain relatively low in comparison to other waves.  By...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Health in the budget, Broadband report, People First Initiative

| Dec 23, 2021 | Alaska

In case you missed it, on Monday we released the Topical Agenda for the 2022 State of Reform Federal Health Policy Conference. The event is coming up on February 17 and will be fully virtual, allowing attendees from across the country to participate! This conference will feature conversations on federal health policy, innovations...[ Read More ]

Dunleavy unveils People First Initiative

| Dec 17, 2021 | Alaska

Gov. Mike Dunleavy this week announced a suite of packages designed to address domestic violence and sexual assault, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons, human and sex trafficking, foster care, and homelessness.  The issues are all standalone initiatives, encompassing a mix of statutory changes, budget increments, staffing additions, and administrative actions,...[ Read More ]

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