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New paper evaluates the impacts of the PFD on health

Emily Boerger | Jun 19, 2019 | Alaska

An update on Alaska's 1115 waiver

Emily Boerger | Jun 12, 2019 | Alaska

Health care highlights in Alaska’s budget

Emily Boerger | Jun 11, 2019 | Alaska

With Alaska’s special session set to end on June 14, the Senate passed the state’s operating budget off the floor on Monday. Action in the Senate comes after the House passed the budget over the weekend. Funding from the operating budget, the language section of the bill, and the mental...[ Read More ]

Alaska awards contract to study Medicaid block grant system and “private option”

Emily Boerger | Jun 6, 2019 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced its intent to award a $100,000 contract to Boston-based Public Consulting Group Inc. to write a “proof of concept paper” analyzing Medicaid program reforms, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported on Wednesday.     In early May, DHSS issued an IRFP...[ Read More ]

Al Gross forming exploratory committee for U.S. Senate

| May 21, 2019 | Alaska

Al Gross, a practicing orthopedic surgeon from Juneau who lives in Anchorage and Petersburg, says he’s formed an exploratory committee to help him decide if he’s going to challenge U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan in 2020. He is expected to announce the committee today in Petersburg, but has the announcement on...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Medicaid redesign, Beacon protests BH-ASO award, Amy L. Mackin

| May 14, 2019 | Alaska

The tourists are in town and Alaska has arrived on the cusp of summer! That means things will slow down through much of the economy. But, it's also sometimes the time when things might move in health care, when the pressure is a little lower and folks can be more...[ Read More ]

Two important problems with Alaska's "private option" for Medicaid

DJ Wilson | May 14, 2019 | Alaska

Last week, the Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services released an RFP to help support the re-design of Medicaid. The RFP included language stating: The reform initiative is intended to contain both a private option and work requirements. The base approach of the initiative is to combine a private...[ Read More ]

Optum named BH-ASO winner; Beacon files protest

DJ Wilson | May 13, 2019 | Alaska

The State of Alaska has named Optum as its “apparently successful bidder” in its recent behavioral health ASO RFP.  However, the award, which has not yet been publicly announced, was immediately protested by a second respondent, Beacon Health Options. The BH-ASO RFP implements a centrally important piece of Alaska’s 1115...[ Read More ]

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