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Sen. Stevens on the complexity of health policy

DJ Wilson | Feb 28, 2019 | Alaska

A survey of state-based behavioral health integration with Beacon Health Options

DJ Wilson | Feb 27, 2019 | Alaska, California, Colorado, Washington

Across the country, states are working in various ways to integrate behavioral health into more traditional medical approaches to caring for physical health.  This is happening both at the financial and clinical levels. However, while mainstream opinion has embraced the idea of behavioral health integration, the manner in which that...[ Read More ]

Health care sector drives job growth in Anchorage

Emily Boerger | Feb 27, 2019 | Alaska

The December issue of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s “Anchorage Employment Report” shows job growth in Anchorage’s health care sector, despite Alaska's continued recession. Overall, the report finds a .7 percent YTD decrease in jobs in Anchorage. Anchorage's total employment shrank to 149,900 jobs in November, down from October and...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Senator David Wilson

Emily Boerger | Feb 25, 2019 | Alaska

Senator David Wilson is the Chair of the Senate Health & Social Services Committee in the Alaska State Legislature. He joins us in this edition of “What They're Watching” to discuss substance use and abuse. “One thing [I’m watching] in health care is, I would say, behavioral health -- especially...[ Read More ]

House health care bills we're watching in Alaska

Emily Boerger | Feb 21, 2019 | Alaska

Over a month after Alaska’s 2019 legislative session began, the state House of Representatives officially elected leadership and announced its committee assignments earlier this week. Similar to last year, the House Health and Social Services Committee will be led by Representatives Ivy Spohnholz and Tiffany Zulkosky (this year they will...[ Read More ]

Alaska Division of Insurance issues guidance on Association Health Plans

Marjie High | Feb 21, 2019 | Alaska

The Alaska Division of Insurance issued new guidance on Association Health Plans (AHPs) earlier this month. The bulletin states that it was created in response to new federal regulations issued late last year to expand access to the plans. According to the federal Department of Labor (DOL), AHPs allow small businesses...[ Read More ]

Medicaid and DHSS face big cuts in new Dunleavy 2020 budget

Emily Boerger | Feb 14, 2019 | Alaska

Governor Mike Dunleavy rolled out his 2020 budget proposal on Wednesday, placing a significant emphasis on cutting expenditures, maintaining Alaska’s reserves, protecting the PFD – all without introducing new taxes. Dunleavy’s budget features a $1.6 billion dollar decrease from the placeholder budget submitted in December. The budget proposes reduced state...[ Read More ]

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