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Report: Chronic disease in Alaska

Kylie Walsh | Jan 10, 2018 | Alaska

Murkowski on Addressing the Opioid Crisis

| Jan 10, 2018 | Alaska

Today U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) participated in a Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing to address the nation’s opioid crisis, that focused on examining the cause of the crisis and steps to turn the tide on the devastating crisis. The hearing featured one witness, Mr. Sam Quinones,...[ Read More ]

Two health care initiatives dropped from Alaska's 2018 election

Emily Boerger | Dec 26, 2017 | Alaska

Two health care ballot initiatives for Alaska’s 2018 election have been cancelled. The two initiatives, the Quality Health Insurance for Alaskans Act of 2018 and the Healthcare for Alaskans Act of 2018 were both in the signature gathering phase when it was announced last week that they would be dropped....[ Read More ]

Girdwood Board of Supervisors votes unanimously in support of medical aid in dying legislation

Emily Boerger | Dec 21, 2017 | Alaska

The Girdwood Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously in support of “medical aid-in-dying” legislation in Alaska. With this vote, Girdwood becomes the first jurisdiction in Alaska to endorse this kind of legislation which would allow terminally ill individuals with less than six months to live, the option of ending their...[ Read More ]

5 Things Alaska: Medicaid reform, Premera, Providence

| Dec 20, 2017 | Alaska

I hope the holiday season is wonderful and magical for your family and friends this year. I know we all have our struggles, some more than others. But, it's a good time of year for most of us in health care to appreciate all that we have, all that we've...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Kevin Barry

Kylie Walsh | Dec 20, 2017 | Alaska

Kevin Barry, CEO of the Alaska Surgery Center, joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to discuss reducing costs for surgeries. I think the biggest thing for us is what they’re doing with the state employees. Are they going to allow access to everybody to provide the care...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Shawn West, MD

Kylie Walsh | Dec 14, 2017 | Alaska

Dr. Shawn West, Medical Director at Premera Blue Cross, joins us in this edition of "What They're Watching" to talk about achieving the quadruple aim. I would say for me being a physician and working at a health plan, really finding some of the ways that we can accomplish the...[ Read More ]