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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 ]

Alaska health care employers cannot keep their organizations fully staffed

| Apr 11, 2022 | Alaska

There are not enough health care workers to fill the demand for services in Alaska, and job vacancies in the industry are increasing.     Representatives from three health care organizations discussed the state’s workforce shortage during a meeting Monday. Alaska State Hospitals and Nursing Home Association (ASHNHA) President and...[ Read More ]

Alaska lawmakers debate police use of ‘probable cause’ when transporting patients to mental health facilities

| Apr 8, 2022 | Alaska

Alaska lawmakers continued to debate provisions of a mental health bill this week, as they aim to finish the bill’s amendment process.     The Senate Health and Social Services Committee reviewed Senate Bill 124 for the eighth time Thursday. The committee first discussed the bill on April 27, 2021....[ Read More ]

Alaska SWAT cop says drug treatment works, but challenges in getting those addicted to seek it remain

| Apr 6, 2022 | Alaska

Health and law enforcement officials discussed the severity of Alaska’s drug problem, and how difficult it is to get those addicted to seek treatment, during a meeting Wednesday.     The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health hosted Seth McMillan for an update on the...[ Read More ]

Lawmakers debate whether patients receiving telehealth services should require an initial in-person visit

| Apr 1, 2022 | Alaska

Alaska lawmakers debated whether health care patients should be required to have an in-person visit with a provider prior to receiving telehealth services during a meeting on Thursday.     Senate Health & Social Services Committee members discussed a proposed amendment to Senate Bill 175, which would address medical assistance...[ Read More ]