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Alaska Senate HSS Committee hears testimony on creation of a Health Insurance APCD

| Mar 25, 2021 | Alaska

The Senate Health and Social Services Committee held its first hearing for SB 93 Tuesday. The bill would allow the state to establish an all-payer claims database (APCD) in order to help lower health care costs.     An APCD is a state maintained database that provides for the systematic...[ Read More ]

Alaska residents approve of State’s COVID-19 response

| Mar 24, 2021 | Alaska

A statewide public opinion survey conducted among residents in late February reveals a large majority of Alaskans approve of the State’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic response. The survey also measured awareness of the State’s vaccine distribution efforts, revealing a majority of residents who are already, or intend to become,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Policy moving, DHSS executive order, Federal Detailed Agenda

| Mar 17, 2021 | Alaska

My Gonzaga Bulldogs are getting set to tear through the NCAA "March Madness" basketball tournament, both the men and women's team. Games start tomorrow. But, as any Zag, Seahawk or Blazer fan knows, experience tells me we will find a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I...[ Read More ]

An insider's perspective on the 2021 Alaska legislature

| Mar 16, 2021 | Alaska

The Alaska legislative session has finally started in both chambers, legislation has started to move from committees and even from the house of origin. But this session is different from other sessions due to COVID-19 restrictions in the capitol building. So State of Reform decided to get a perspective from...[ Read More ]

Dunleavy withdraws Executive Order to reorganize Alaska DHSS

| Mar 11, 2021 | Alaska

Gov. Mike Dunleavy withdrew Executive Order 119 from consideration Thursday after a hearing in the House Health and Social Services Committee on HSCR 1 raised concerns about the executive order.     The executive order would have restructured the Department of Health and Social Services into two separate departments: the...[ Read More ]

Alaska House Finance Subcommittee hears a budget overview for DHSS

| Mar 10, 2021 | Alaska

On Monday, the Alaska House Finance Subcommittee of Health and Social Services heard the budget overview for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). This included the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Management Plan and the FY2022 Governor’s Request.     For the FY2021 Management Plan, DHSS has been...[ Read More ]

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