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DOJ Investigating Providence St. Joseph’s Swedish Health Services

Emily Boerger | Sep 5, 2019 | Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington

Health care funds restored and vetoed in Dunleavy’s final budget decision

Emily Boerger | Aug 21, 2019 | Alaska

On Monday, Governor Dunleavy announced his final decisions on the state operating budget through the enactment and line-item vetoes in HB 2001. Back in June, Dunleavy signed the state operating budget while announcing over $400 million in line-item vetoes -- many of them related to health and social services. During...[ Read More ]

Topical Agenda for the 2019 Alaska Conference now available!

Laura Lundberg | Aug 12, 2019 | Alaska

The Topical Agenda for our 2019 Alaska State for Reform Health Policy Conference in Anchorage on October 2nd is now available! Our agenda is built with input from stakeholders across all silos in the Alaska health care system. We’ll explore the policy landscape, focus on key topics in Alaska, the...[ Read More ]

Federal regulators: Alaska Psychiatric Institute meets CMS certification requirements

| Aug 5, 2019 | Alaska

Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy and Department of Health and Social Service Commissioner Adam Crum are welcoming news from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) that it has withdrawn its termination action against the Alaska Psychiatric Institute (API) and now considers the facility to be in good standing with...[ Read More ]

Kreiss-Tomkins: Capital budget and reverse sweep pass! Everything else remains in limbo (with moderate progress)

| Jul 29, 2019 | Alaska

Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins wrote the following update on Monday's legislative action.  Four things are causing crippling, historically unprecedented political uncertainty in Alaska right now: (1) devastating, destructive line-item vetoes from Gov. Dunleavy; (2) non-consensus on PFD and its size; (3) failure to pass the capital budget; (4) failure to reverse...[ Read More ]

Anchorage raises minimum age to purchase tobacco to 21

Emily Boerger | Jul 24, 2019 | Alaska

On Tuesday, the Anchorage Assembly voted to raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21. The ordinance, which passed unanimously, will also apply to “electronic smoking products and products containing nicotine in the regulation of tobacco products.” According to the ordinance, health care costs directly caused by smoking...[ Read More ]

Comprehensive Mental Health Plan for Alaska Finalized

| Jul 18, 2019 | Alaska

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), in partnership with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (Trust), has finalized Strengthening the System: Alaska’s Comprehensive Integrated Mental Health Program Plan. This five-year plan assists with guiding resources to the services, workforce and facilities necessary to meet the needs of...[ Read More ]

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