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Vaccine providers prepare for March COVID-19 shipments; further eligibility clarifications announced to include more Alaskans

| Feb 25, 2021 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) announced Wednesday that Alaska will receive 60,760 first doses of state-allocated COVID-19 vaccine for the month of March. Additionally, 32,720 first doses have been allocated to the federal Indian Health Service (IHS). IHS vaccine is managed by Alaska’s Tribal Health System....[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Q&A w/Commissioner Crum, "Chronic COVID," Liability legislation

| Feb 17, 2021 | Alaska

We are now covering state health policy in 15 states, providing more independent coverage of state and market-level health care coverage than any outlet in the country, so far as we can tell. It’s a long way from our first story on Alaska health care back in December of 2011!...[ Read More ]

Alaska Senate Health Committee hears a bill on liability protections for consulting physicians

| Feb 16, 2021 | Alaska

The Alaska Senate Health and Social Services Committee held its first hearing on SB 65 on Tuesday. This bill would provide immunity for consulting physicians and other health care workers.      Senator Jesse Kiehl, the sponsor, said the bill is essential for Alaskans because they rely on consultants for...[ Read More ]

Alaska DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum on the successful vaccine rollout and behavioral health

| Feb 16, 2021 | Alaska

Adam Crum is the commissioner for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and has served as the commissioner since December 2018. In this Q&A, Crum discusses Alaska’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the vaccine rollout and the behavioral health system in Alaska.      Sydney Kurle: In December,...[ Read More ]

Victor Joseph named to Biden administration’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force

Emily Boerger | Feb 12, 2021 | Alaska

President Biden announced on Wednesday that Victor Joseph, of Tanana, Alaska, will join the administration’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Joseph is one of just 12 non-federal members from across the country named to serve on the task force.     The COVID pandemic has disproportionately impacted certain communities, with...[ Read More ]

Healthy Alaskans releases scorecards on Alaska's health progress in 2020, sets improvement plan for next decade

| Feb 9, 2021 | Alaska

Healthy Alaskans has released health data on how well Alaska has done in 2020 in improving the health of Alaskans throughout the state. This scorecard showed that Alaska has met the target or improved on 12 of its 25 health goals. Healthy Alaskans has also finalized their new state health...[ Read More ]

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